I have been making this green smoothie for years and it just finally occurred to me that I should post the recipe and share it with everyone. I never thought to post a drink!
This smoothie is purely fruit, greens and water…no yogurt, no milk. Therefore, it is not thick and creamy and, in my opinion, really can’t be classified as a meal replacement. Maybe a light snack? I just drink it to do my body good. It is so unbelievably healthy I can hardly stand it. Every time I drink this I feel that I am doing something great for myself. I think it is the quickest way to ingest a ton of greens and it ends up being quite refreshing.
I recommend using the most powerful blender you can get your hands on. Mine blasts everything I put into it to smithereens. I put the apple and pear in WITH the skin on and after blending there is not a trace of fruit skin or bits of leaves. If you are using a regular blender you might want to peel the fruit. However, you will be losing out on the benefits of eating the skin. Another point to make, I am not “juicing” the fruit and greens, I am pulverizing them into a smooth liquid therefore retaining every ounce of nutrition and fiber. I told you this was healthy!
I have posted a recipe below but want to explain that this is just a base from which you can add or eliminate in many different ways. This is a combination I came up with that I think tastes amazing. And my two year old agrees. But if you don’t have kale on hand, use swiss chard instead, or whatever is in your fridge. If you don’t have a pear, don’t use it. I have done that and it turns out just as delicious. I do recommend always using the romaine and spinach as a great base though. I promise, you will not even taste the spinach. Putting in the few chunks of frozen pineapple really helps mask the “green” flavor. Another trick is to drink this cold, over ice.
I usually make a full batch which makes enough for about 4 tall glasses. If I don’t use it all immediately I store the remainder in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Give this one a try. Your body will thank you. And I bet you will like it!
Here’s what you need to serve 4, approximately….
1 small head of romaine, roughly chopped
2 handfuls of spinach
3 large kale stalks, ribs removed
2 large mint leaves
2 1/2 – 3 cups coconut water (plain water is fine)
1 banana (preferably frozen)
1 apple, stems and pits removed, roughly chopped
1 pear, stems and pits removed, roughly chopped
1/2 of a large lemon, juiced
small handful of frozen pineapple chunks (4-5 small chunks)
small handful of ice cubes
*Optional Add-Ins: ground flax seed, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, 1/2 an avocado (will thicken the liquid slightly).
In a powerful blender add the romaine, spinach, kale, mint leaves and coconut water (or whichever greens you choose). Blend on high until liquified. Turn off the blender (obviously!) and add everything else. Blend on high (or on the smoothie setting) until everything has completely turned to liquid. I usually let it run for just under one minute.
Pour over ice and enjoy.