Green Monster (…smoothie, that is)
I’m on the bandwagon.
The green smoothie bandwagon.
I know. I can hear the eye rolls and gag reflexes too.
Here’s the thing. I first tried a green smoothie when Maya was here visiting. Hers involved all ingredients being green. Avocado, cucumber, chard, and I forget what else. She added blueberry juice for sweetness.
I tried it. It was…not my favorite.
Then I got a good recommendation for protein powder that isn’t some weird concoction of manufactured enzymes and “natural flavors”–this one is just pumpkin seeds, ground up. I played around with recipes until I found one that works, with some variations. It keeps me full for a whole morning. It tastes good.
That’s the thing: I love eating enough not to eat something that tastes gross or has a disgusting texture just because it’s healthy. These smoothies taste good to me, and even better, make my body feel energized, not weighted down. I feel really good when I have one of these for breakfast.
Plus, I got one of those coffee-shop to-go iced coffee cups with a straw, so I can eat as I drive: messless, healthy, tasty breakfast. Win!
My kids love helping me put everything into the blender, and sometimes even drink some with their breakfast (I think they like the novelty of using a straw as much as the smoothie itself). Someday maybe I can get them to eat more. I might not be able to convert Alan (maybe not ever), but I’m not out to be a food-vangelist. I’m just sharing new info in case you wanted to go for a test ride on the bandwagon.
My Green Smoothie Recipe
adapted from various sources, including the Nutri-Bullet recipe book and other blogs
- 2 handfuls of greens*
- 1/2 – 1 cut-up apple or pear
- 1/3 frozen banana*
- 1/2 – 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, or mixed berries)
- 1.5 Tbsp. pumpkin seed protein powder
- 2 Tbsp. ground chia seeds or ground flaxseeds (flaxseed meal like Bob’s Red Mill is available at most grocery stores in our area)
- 1-2 Tbsp. almond butter
- 1 cup coconut or other dairy-free milk (more or less depending on how thick you want your smoothie)
- Since I have a Nutri-Bullet, I put everything into the cup in the order above, and blend for 1 minute. When I used my food processor, it was helpful to blend the greens and raw fruit, then put the frozen stuff and liquid in and blend again.
- Drink up!
*I have found best results with the following: just spinach (best for newbies), just kale, or a spinach-kale-chard blend from Trader Joe’s. Chard by itself was weird in both taste and texture.
*I peel a banana, split it into thirds, and keep a ziplock of banana thirds in the freezer.
Make-ahead note: these do not taste great after sitting, even in the refrigerator, for a while. Instead of making the whole thing ahead of time, I assemble all ingredients except the frozen fruit and the liquid the night before. Then in the morning, I just add those things, blend, and go.