Green Smoothies

green smoothie

green smoothieI’ve become a big fan of green smoothies. Not only because they are delicious and nutritious, but how great I feel after drinking them. It’s a quick way to get a lot of fruits and greens into your diet and quite refreshing on a hot day. However, they can pack the calorie punch, so I think of these as a meal rather than a side or a drink. I’ve also been upping the greens to fruit ratio to make them healthier and less caloric.

I do have a Vitamix blender, but I’m not sure you need one. That being said, it is one my favorite appliances. It’s a workhorse that gets used daily. I was able to find the compact version (5200c) at Costco late last year. The main difference was that it had a smaller carafe (48 oz. vs. 64 oz.). I believe the base is exactly the same. Since we’re a 2 person household, the compact version seemed like the better option and we saved a few hundred dollars. Costco often has demonstration days and the in-store price is much more reasonable.

green smoothies Here’s the recipe for the green smoothie I usually make. This will make two 16 oz smoothies. I do vary it somewhat depending on what I have in the house. I often use spinach as the greens. Spinach is really mild and you don’t taste it much. I also like chard and kale. One word of caution, red fruit will make your green smoothie brown. It will still taste great, but the color will lose it’s green vibrancy. I like using wild organic blueberries, which helps create a lovely dark purple smoothie. Trader Joe’s has a great selection of frozen fruit.

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Green Smoothies
green smoothie
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Servings
Ingredients
green smoothie
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients to blender carafe in the following order. Liquids first, then greens, then fresh fruit with frozen fruit last.
  2. Start blender on variable low and increase speed to 10. Use tamper (Vitamix) if needed to push frozen fruit down. If the mix is too thick, add more water as needed. This will vary depending on the liquid in the orange and how big the banana is.
  3. Flip variable switch to high and blend for 1 minute.
  4. Pour into glasses and enjoy.

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