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Green Smoothies

Green Smoothie

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
  • Pineapple
  • Orange Juice
  • cilantro (highly optional, a small amount will do but it gives an awesome fresh taste)
  • plain yogurt
  • ice

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.

— Katie

Green smoothie in my sippy cup.

Green smoothie in my sippy cup.


2 thoughts on “Green Smoothies

  1. My favorite green smoothie has coconut milk, maca powder, kale, a handful of berries, a banana, and a scoop of raw green powder. That’s it. The coconut milk is unsweetened. You can also use organic, frozen mango’s.

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