Monday, July 29, 2013

The Green Smoothie

Ever since we got our vitamix, husband and I have become slightly obsessed with our morning smoothies. So much so that  I’m actually starting to believe that husband is secretly a Vitamix salesman. (But truly, if you're on the fence about getting a good blender, do it. It's worth the investment.)

We’ve been experimenting with all sorts of recipes and combinations, and my go-to is the green smoothie. Green smoothies can be intimidating, but I promise, they don’t taste like greens. Or dirt. With the right proportions, they're sweet and delicious. If it weren't for the color, you wouldn't know you are drinking spinach.

So, here it is. The pretty-much-perfect green smoothie:

  • 8 oz. Coconut Water
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder (my protein powder of choice)
  • 2 handfuls spinach or 1 handful kale
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • Small handful of almonds
  • 1 ripe or frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • A few ice cubes

Add the liquid first, then the powders, then the greens, then the banana & mango. The trick is to put the most solid items on top, to push down the other ingredients so it blends evenly. You certainly don't need a Vitamix to make this, but you do want a blender that can really pulverize those greens.

If its not quite right, here are some tips:

  • Add more fruit if its too watery. 
  • Add more coconut water if its too thick.
  • If you like it a little sweeter, add honey or an apple.
  • If you like it creamier, you can add some avocado or greek yogurt.

Once you’ve got it down, start experimenting with other ingredients - just maybe not papaya. Kale and papaya might taste a little bit like dirt.

If you get obsessed too, you can check out more smoothie inspiration on my Pinterest board. Enjoy!

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