I know, I know... there are about half a million recipes for green smoothies out there on the interwebz, BUT I wanted to put all of your minds to rest and post the easiest, simplest, most delicious...est, green smoothie out there :-)
Let's talk ingredients. First of all, you have your base. For a dramatic and gorgeous (some may say sexy, even) green color to you smoothie, you have to have a light colored fruit base. Anything dark like strawberries, cherries, blueberries or raspberries will leave you with a less than appetizing mud colored smoothie. yum...not. In this post I have a nice and simple apple and orange base. You can add whatever you want though! My frugal gal tip is to buy bags of frozen fruit to add to your green smoothies! Cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, and mango are all wonderful additions to a green smoothie. After you throw in your fruit base, you're going to want to add at least 1 or 2 bananas. THIS IS KEY. Bananas cover all veggie taste that the greens have.
And now for some additions to your smoothie... I add chia seeds (Hey Germans, you can find chia seeds at your local Reform Haus) and almond meal for an extra boost of energy and protein! Chia seeds are an amazing super food and I would definitely look into becoming obsessed if you haven't already done so. As for the almond meal, if you don't have any you could also throw in a handful of whole almonds, cashews or a preferred protein powder.
This is where you add your preferred amount of water and get blending! Once the fruit is all blended up it's time to throw in the spinach! I recommend spinach above all other greens. Kale is great, chard is great, romaine works well too BUT spinach is the best :-) The most mild flavor with a ton of great nutrients. You can use baby spinach, huge monster spinach (like what I used) or whatever kind of spinach you prefer. Sometimes I even like to throw in some cucumber if I have some in the fridge that I need to use up. So once all of your greens are thrown in, blend it all up for a good 30 seconds or longer just to make sure all of the spinach is mixed in completely. This part is my favorite because you get to see the gorgeous green color appear as it all gets blended up!
Once it's all blended up, pour it into your favorite smoothie drinking vessel and enjoy! I love to drink smoothies from big glass jars so I can see the lovely color! And just so you all know, my 2 year old son LOOOOOVVESSSS these green smoothies! So if you are in need of a good idea to get some good fruit and veg into your toddler's tummy... try this!
Basic Ingredients (add your preferred fruit in addition to these):
- 2 apples
- 2 oranges
- 2 bananas
- 1 TB chia seeds
- 2 TB of almond meal (or a handful of your favorite type of nut)
- About a cup of water
- A couple handfuls of spinach
- (optional): Frozen fruit, ice, avocado, honey, cucumber
We hope that this inspires you to try that green smoothie you've heard so much about! If you try this recipe, please let us know what you think about it! Have any tips to make it better? Hope to hear from you guys! Enjoy!