Friday, August 1, 2008

Green Smoothie Challenge

You want to fight the frump, you say? Ever do it nutrition style? Not getting 10-20 servings of fruits and veggies per day is sooooo frumpy, and I get at least ten in my breakfast!

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows just how much I love me some green smoothie. I'm not a raw vegan myself, but The Raw Divas and Blendtec hosting International Green Smothie Day on August 15.

I've been on them for about three months now every single day (minus the unfortunate food processor incident), and while my recipe is somewhat complex and produces a copious 8 cups of smoothie, here's a recipe to get you started:

1-2 handfuls of spinach
1 banana
1/2-1 c. berries
2 t. honey or agave nectar, or a pinch of stevia
1 c. water or juice

Greens are amazing. They're full of protein, iron, calcium, and lots more good stuff. Whatever fruit you like can be included. Lemon juice adds a little brightness. Cantaloupe adds body and sweetness. Peaches are totally succulent. Don't like bananas? Don't use them!

The thing about a "recipe" for green smoothie is that it's pretty pointless, you make them however you want, with whatever you have on hand, and whatever suits your tastes. I'd love to hear what you try.

Give a green smoothie a try, I dare you. Then let me know what you think! Now go see Fussy!


Abbreviated said...

So want to try this.

Tara @ Feels like home said...

What does purreed spinach taste like? Does the whole thing end up tasting like fruit or like spinach?

Michelle@Life with Three said...

Hey, Heather! Thanks for posting your redone recipe for the zuccini bread. Your attention to nutrition is so inspiring to me! I've tried green smoothies before, and really, I need to start them again. It would be so much better than the cup of coffee that starts my day usually. Quick question, though: what do you do with 8 cups of smoothie? Can you put it in the fridge for later or scale back the recipe?

Casey said...

Found your blog in the comments of the comments of another blog that I read. I am so intrigued by the green smoothie concept. I have been wanting to try one for quite a while. Do you think a regular (not BlendTec) blender could handle making a decent one?

heather said...

Hi Casey! If you try green smoothie in a regular blender, here are a couple of tips:

First, puree the greens and water. This is the best way to get them smooth. Then add your fruit slowly, and I would at least partially thaw any fruit that's frozen. I got the Blendtec after burning out a blender by using too much frozen fruit.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I'm taking the smoothie challenge! Today was my first day and it was delicious (couldn't even taste the spinach)! You were right, we went through all that smoothie just at breakfast.

Elizabeth said...

Yeah, um, so I tried the Green Smoothie recipe. And, sadly, while my green smoothie turned out purple, it was the most delicious thing ever. I am now hooked on the (purple) green smoothie. How did I live before the green smoothie?