I’ve posted on Facebook & tweeted a few pictures of the green smoothie I started drinking this summer and always get lots of questions. So I thought I’d use the 2nd week of my Eat Well Wednesday posts to share my process. (BTW…kinda proud of myself. 2 weeks in a row. I guess I can’t pat myself on the back until it’s 21 in a row:)
I stumbled across Kimberly Snyder’s book one day in Target. It was this smoothie that had me hooked enough to make the purchase. My first attempt at the smoothie didn’t go so well. I had an old, very cheap blender. Everything got stuck at the bottom and heated up. Kinda defeats the purpose of a raw recipe. Kimberly recommends the Vita-mix. While I’m sure it’s an amazing machine, there was no way I was going to drop $500 just to try a smoothie. I found a Ninja for $99. It was money well spent! This little machine rips through anything I put in it and shreds/purees into the smoothest texture. I absolutely love it!
The Glowing Green Smoothie. I’ve tried it exactly as Kimberly recommends in her book and attempted several variations. The recipe below is what I make on a regular basis. It’s cool, refreshing and the biggest reason…the hubby and little kids will drink it! I found myself craving them on mornings I didn’t take the time to go through the process. Then I found these little glass dishes at Crate & Barrel and stored the extra in the freezer. I pop one in the fridge to thaw out over night, add it to the blender with a little ice the next morning (they taste so much better really cold.) and we’ve had a healthy breakfast! Well, that was our routine until the holidays hit and all the goodies from friends and neighbors sitting around our kitchen NEEDED to be eaten;) As of today, we’re back in the saddle.
My receipe includes: (All organic)
1 cup filtered water (sometimes I use un-flavored coconut juice for extra hydration)
1 bunch kale
1 bunch spinach
Juice of one lemon
1 Tbsp mint
1/2 English cucumber
Put water, kale, spinach in blender and blend until smooth. Add cucumber and mint. Blend until smooth. Then add lemon juice and banana. Blend until smooth. Pour enough into 3 or 4 small containers for the freezer leaving enough for today’s smoothie. Add ice to remaining mixture in blender. Pour and enjoy! (minor detail…I don’t drink these with a straw. I think they taste much better sipped straight from the glass.)
Here’s a link to Kimberly Snyder’s official recipe: Glowing Green Smoothie
I hope you’ll come back and leave a comment if you try the smoothie for yourself. Would love to know what you used and how you liked it.