This smoothie is GREEN! 🙂
I’ve really gotten into green smoothies in the past year or so. I’m known at work as the girl who always brings a jar of “green sludge” for breakfast. I’ve found that if people don’t see the smoothie and they taste it, they really like it, but the green color just turns people off– reminds them of swamp water or water from a swimming pool that hasn’t been tended to in a few years. I get that, but I personally love the beautiful, bright green color that most of my smoothies turn out to be.
I recently came across all the internet hype over Dr Oz’s “green drink,” which in fact, is a smoothie, not a juice or whatever else a “drink” would insinuate. I noticed that it had a lot more veggies and herbs and a lot less fruit than I typically use. I put equal amounts of fruit and greens in my smoothies and tend to avoid really potent flavors like celery and parsley. I know these things are good for you, but I prefer them cooked or in cooked foods (in the case of parsley).
Still, I’m a pretty advanced green smoothie drinker, after all, I’ve used greens like dandelion, chard, and collards, so I’ve advanced past the beginner stage! I decided to try Dr O’s “drink,” which he claims his kids drink every day and love. Oprah called it “a glass of fresh.” Fresh is good!
The recipe, which seems to vary by what website you happen to be looking at, basically calls for cucumber, spinach, parsley, mint, carrot, apple, celery, lemon, lime, and ginger. I made the recipe as-is and have to admit, the celery and parsley were all I could really taste. After a few sips, I thought, “This isn’t great, but it’s tolerable.” I really wanted to pour it out halfway through. By the end of the jar, I felt sick.
So now I have all these ingredients in my fridge and I need to use them. I decided to try again, this time my way, and see if I could make it taste better. I really enjoyed what I came up with. Adding in pineapple (which is great for adding a lot of sweetness) and a baby banana somewhat evened out the fruit to veggie ratio. I also added more lime and lemon juice since it’s really good at cutting through the “green” flavor and brightening the whole thing up. I hope you like it 🙂
Serves 1 (about 16 oz)
1/2 cup cold water
1 big fistfull of fresh baby spinach
1/4 of a large cucumber
sprig of mint (about 8-10 leaves)
small handful parsley (about a palmfull, maybe?)
1 stalk celery
1/2 carrot (a piece about 3 inches long)
juice of 1 lime
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 frozen baby banana (or half of a regular banana)
1/2 cup ice (if your fruit is not frozen, add more if you like your smoothies really cold)
Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed. Blend on high until smooth and enjoy!