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Taste Bud-Friendly Green Smoothies

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I’ve been wanting to hop on the green smoothie bandwagon for a while now—not for the taste, mind you, but rather for the health benefits. I’ll always be a chocolate shake girl at heart.

Unfortunately I feared our blender wasn’t up to the task, something the blender proved when the rubber coupling broke. (It may have broken due to my shaking the blender a bit while blending, but dang it all, that ice wouldn’t blend!)

I had my eye on a Blendtec but a new one was out of the question and the local classifieds were seriously lacking in used Blendtec blenders (a good sign). Somehow my in-laws knew of my blender issues and gifted us with a Blendtec for Christmas. Hallelujah!

So I started my search for a green smoothie recipe that actually tasted good to this non-fruit-smoothie drinker, and lo and behold, I’ve found two so far. The one with the peaches is my most favorite, but I think you’ll find either one rather tasty.

Here’s to a healthier 2012!

Green Berry Banana Smoothie
1 cup soy or almond milk
1 banana
2 cups spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries

Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Add more or less soy milk depending on your preferred consistency. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, sweeten with honey or agave nectar.

 

Peachy Green Smoothie
1 cup soy or almond milk
1 banana
2 cups spinach
1 1/4 cups frozen sliced peaches

Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Add more or less soy milk depending on your preferred consistency. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, sweeten with honey or agave nectar.

P.S. I’m still on the hunt for a green smoothie that tastes just like a piña colada…or even better, the hot fudge shake from Sonic Drive-In.

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  • http://www.joyofsmoothies.com Janna at Joy of Smoothies

    Welcome to the world of green smoothies! I discovered them this past summer and it was one of the best things I could have done for my health :) One thing I recommend is give it a try using water instead of soy milk or almond milk. Yes, you can use these plant milks to make green smoothies but the more “natural” way to make them is with water. I know it sounds strange, but it really is good. I think it brings out the natural flavor of the raw fruits & veggies whereas the milk flavor kind of gets in the way….save the milk for the chocolate shakes :)

  • http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/ Emily

    That’s a great suggestion! I will have to slowly transition to more water and less soy.

  • Blenda

    Green drinks are the best energy drinks out there. Who needs artificial drinks anymore, right?

  • Leroy

    Who needs any drink other than clean cool tap water? Tap water is better than bottled water because the purity is actually controlled by the county engineer (unless, of course, he is suborned by the oil company so as not to interfere with their fracking).

    Draw your water from the hot tap, not the cold tap, because then the heater has driven most of the chlorine off, and it’s the chlorine that gives municipal water that dry ascerbic taste. It’s good to have a bubbler on the tap because that enriches the water with air, which is what gives running stream water it’s refreshing flavor. Put that bottle of water in a cool place to cool just below room temp (ice cold water from the fridge will stun the taste buds so that the water is tasteless, a benefit only when your water is bad or has excess chlorine).

    If you want a flavored drink, get some ordinary flavored tea bags (available at any store in a good variety, mint, orange, zinger, etc.) and mix 2 bags with hot water in a 64 oz. plastic container, allow to steep a couple hours (maybe in the sun). Add a little Splenda or Stevia if desired for sweetness, and put in a cool (not cold) place. I like to pour it into 16 or 20 oz. recycle bottles for convenience hiking, etc.

    If you really need carbonation, get an inexpensive CO2 injection system at Walmart or Target.

    Recycle your bottles, and never throw plastic bottles into the trash, or even the recycle bin (many of which are customarily dumped into the ordinary trash, even at our parks and playgrounds).

    If you want an orange, eat an orange. If you have a bunch of leftover spinach, sautee it briefly in olive oil with a little salt and pepper, maybe a couple drops of lemon or orange, and for a real luncheon treat, poach an egg on top.

    Throw out your blender. It deprives you of vital benefits from the food.

    Instead of throwing out lemon and orange peels, make French Lemon Powder by fine grating the peel onto a large flat cookie pan, add some ground cloves (and even a little garlic) and allow it to dry in the sun. Bottle THAT for seasoning your chicken, etc.

  • Michael

    Hmmm, living outside the USA, I haven’t heard about green smoothies. Guess I will have to try it in a couple months when I am back in Oregon for a visit.
    Cheers,

  • Igor

    Smoothies are just good for injecting a straight shot of sugar into your gut where it is quickly absorbed and digested.