So yes, a high speed blender will make your vegetables into a smooth drink, but what about taste? I'm not going to drink something every day that tastes nasty and I don't think you would want to either. While carrots have a natural sweetness that goes down easy, the huge amount of greens I add to smoothies would be pretty bitter without some fruit. The sweetness of a couple of ripe bananas really helps, especially in a kale smoothie, which can have a very strong taste. Mango is another great one to blend with greens and other vegetables. Pineapple orange banana is a good combination with greens. When I want to make something really sweet, or if I find myself out of fresh fruit, I'll soak a few pitted dates in some water, then add the dates and their soak water to the smoothie.
Making the smoothie...
Add the following to a large blender, in approximately this order:
- 1 cm fresh ginger, sliced (leave the peel on if organic)
- Most of a "bunch" of chard or kale, or 2/3 bag of spinach, or 2-3 heads baby bok choy (remove tough stems from chard & kale, feed to bunnies & chickens or compost. Gently pack the greens in there, because they are why this smoothie exists.)
- 1 Tb whole flax seeds
- 1 stalk celery, cut into 2" lengths
- 1 carrot, cut into 1" lengths
- 2 bananas
- Add water to about 1/2 full (I fill the Blendtec to the 28 oz line, use more or less depending on your preference)
- I also add about a cup of homemade kombucha to each smoothie, but this is not necessary.
Blend on low to get started, then on high for 30 seconds in a high speed blender, or about a minute in a standard blender, until smooth.
Drink immediately, or within 24 hours for maximum flavor and nutrition
We enjoy this every day. Sometimes twice. I often take a quart jar of smoothie with me when I go someplace that I know I'll get hungry. There are a million recipes online for other varieties of green smoothies. I never really follow the recipes for them, but I love to see other ideas of things people have used and enjoy in their smoothies. I encourage you to try this recipe, and then branch out to other vegetable and fruit combinations. If you're squeamish about too many greens, try just adding two large leaves or a handful of baby spinach to a fruit smoothie at first. You'll see it's pretty innocuous; spinach especially blends up smooth and tasty. I think it's really delicious!
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