Rio and I are also perfecting our green smoothie recipe. Whole Foods sells a green smoothie which he absolutely loves. They say it contains kale and ginger, it is delicious and costs $6.
The one we’ve been developing at home has included some combination of the following:
- Spinach, but we’ll be moving on to chard since the spinach is pretty much toast with this hot weather.
- Fresh Ginger
- Bananas, frozen or fresh
- Peaches, frozen, canned or fresh
- Apples, peeled
- Orange Juice
- cilantro (highly optional, a small amount will do but it gives an awesome fresh taste)
- plain yogurt
I usually put everything in a canning jar or bowl except the spinach and the ice, and blend with an immersion blender. Enough fruit to fill the jar all the way, and enough orange juice and/or yogurt to pour over the fruit til it’s about half way up the jar. Puree those, then add the spinach and blend, add the ice last.
I have had a couple of failed green smoothie attempts, and I think the main points to consider are the following.
- Use yellow or white fruits and juices, so the smoothie will be bright green. Strawberries are yummy, but give you a brownish smoothie, which doesn’t look as delicious.
- Include the fresh ginger.
- Make sure it’s very very cold, ideally at least one ingredient should be frozen.
- Make sure it’s sweet enough, especially if you use more bitter greens like kale. Some recipes use honey, I didn’t since kids under 2 aren’t supposed to eat honey. Bananas and OJ add plenty of sweetness.
Anybody have another favorite green smoothie combo? I want to try avocado, but haven’t yet.