Some of you may look at green smoothies and think, really? That’s just gross. Green smoothies basically look like a cup of grass blended with water. I’m one to think, if it looks good it’s probably going to taste good. To me green smoothies never looked that appealing. A lot of the time they are a pretty color but they are, well, green. I never thought I’d be a green smoothie lover, but I’m hooked. My sister-in-law made one for me a few months ago and I’ve made them probably 4 times a week since. My kids ask for them all the time. Now I’m not begging them to eat their veggies. They are coming to me and saying “Mom, will you make me a green surrly (which translates to green smoothie).” They love them and I love that they are eating so many fruits and veggies in one sitting. I also love that they are healthy and not loaded with refined sugars and fats. It’s so much better for them to snack on these versus fruit snacks or Cheetos. I won’t lie I do give me kids fruit snacks and I’m always laughing to myself at their title and how they are labeled “made with real fruit juice” basically smacking on this idea that somehow they must be super nutritious even though they are mostly sugar simply because they are made with real fruit juice. So, swap out some of those fruit snacks you’re giving your kids for green smoothies. If they don’t like the color just pour it into a water bottle that isn’t clear so they won’t see the color they’ll just love the flavor :). If you haven’t had these before you’d be surprised at how filling they are. If you are snacking on these you may just starting eating smaller portions when dinner times rolls around.
These smoothies are really versatile too. I kind of just use what I have on hand. I do always like to add a banana for sweetness. Then of course either spinach or kale (baby kale is better if you can find it), sometimes celery, parsley or a little cilantro, cucumber, avocado, then I’ll always add other fruits. I like to have some kind of acidic fruit, orange, lemon or lime to drowned out any harsh flavor from the greens, then I add frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries and sometimes grapes. The liquid I usually always use is almond milk but some people like to use orange juice or coconut milk/coconut water or even just water. Others will add yogurt but I rarely do since I get enough creaminess from the banana. So just use what you have and the recipe below is a great place to start. It’s deliciously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Enjoy!
Avocado Green Smoothie
Yield: About 3 servings
- 1 medium ripe California avocado
- 1 large granny smith apple , chilled, cored and sliced
- 1 ripe banana , peeled and frozen (use one with spots)
- 1 Navel orange , chilled and peeled
- 2 cups (76 g) packed spinach
- 1 cup almond milk , chilled*
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tsp agave nectar or honey , or to taste (optional)
- 8 ice cubes (about 1 1/3 cups)
Combine all ingredients except ice, in a blender and puree until well blended and smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth. Serve.
*I used original almond milk, not unsweetened or vanilla. The vanilla would be fine but you would probably want to omit the agave as it is sweeter than the original. Unsweetened would also work you just may want to add more agave.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy