You probably have seen these everywhere! They are known sometimes as green monsters: used during a detox process, a great substitute for a meal, or simply a daily drink added into your healthy lifestyle. This green smoothie is a simple basic smoothie recipe I use at home pretty much everyday. It can quickly become an “advanced” drink just by using some boosters in the process.
Have you ever heard the expression “drink your veggies”? Well, this is pretty much it! You are adding in your blender a ratio of vegetables and fruits that is very enjoyable to drink. I promise you, even the most picky veggie eaters in your family will enjoy this smoothie. They will be puzzled when you tell them they just delighted themselves with a smoothie full of spinach and kale. For many, it will be love at first sip.
In order to be called “green” smoothie, most ingredients have to have the color “green”. Just knowing that the color “green” has the least amount of natural sugars, you may be tempted to add some sort of sweetener. Please don’t! The key to a successful but not stressful green smoothie is to add fruits that have just the right ripeness and bring the great natural sugars in your drink for a pleasant experience.
I first heard of green smoothies a few years ago when trying to find a solution to a problem that I had encountered many times when juicing. I had blogged about the Mean Green Juice a few years ago, and it was my favorite juice of all. One thing that I was not satisfied with juicing was the waste of the pulp and the lack of fiber in my drinks.
My freezer was getting full of plastic bags with frozen pulp and I was running out of ideas on what to do with them. My normal blender wasn’t able to give me a smooth drink without my straining the juice every time, and I was starting to get really frustrated with the mess I was making in the kitchen.
My dear husband, and the master of solving problems, introduced me to a very high powerful blender called Vitamix. Since purchasing it, my frustrations are pretty much gone when making healthy drinks in my house. I often tell my family, in case of an evacuation, we take the dogs and the Vitamix.
This recipe is for a green smoothie made in a powerful blender. If you don’t have a blender with a powerful motor, chances are you will have chunks of veggies or fruits in your final result. You still can do this smoothie in your normal blender, but it will require you to adjust the amount of water used in this recipe and a little more patience. Choose organic ingredients as much as possible, and make sure to wash them properly before making the smoothie.
1 ripe banana
1 ripe kiwi
1 green apple
2 cups packed organic spinach
2 cups packed organic kale
1 cup water
1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
1 cup ice
In your blender add the banana, kiwi, green apple, spinach, kale, and a cup of water. Blend them until smooth. Next, add the pineapple, ice, and any boosters. Blend again until smooth. Drink it immediately or save it for later, up to two days. This recipe makes two 16oz cups and two 8oz cups, enough for an everyday juice for a family of four with two adults and two children.
Take this green drink to the next level by adding a few boosters in it. Here are some of my favorite ones: chia seeds, spirulina, flax seeds, and coconut oil. They have tons of health benefits including extra protein in your drink. They will not change the taste in the drink, just add a tablespoon of any choice above. My favorite combo is chia seeds with spirulina.
People sometimes ask me if I think that drinking a green juice everyday makes any difference. Absolutely yes! I could go on and on telling you how much I see improvement in my own life and in my family’s. One thing I have noticed tremendously is having more energy.
Green smoothies make a great to-go snack! If you find yourself in a hurry, and have no time to drink it at home, or just want that extra snack later, take it with you in a mason jar. It’s the fast food you will never regret.
There you have, a raw drink that will boost your immune system, make you feel great, and full of energy to endure the demands of your day. Enjoy it!