ok tasting, hideous looking, seriously good-for-you green smoothies

13 Jul
Looks like nuclear waste but does wonders for your system

Looks like nuclear waste but does wonders for your system

I’ve been back from Thailand for a month and I am proud to say that I’ve been drinking green smoothies for breakfast every day.  Thank you Jennifer! As exciting as this news must be to you, I have to confess that I haven’t quite figured out how to make them taste really, really delicious. I have tried numerous options and I haven’t cracked it. And when I looked at this morning’s concoction, I asked myself  ‘What the hell am I doing drinking that disgusting looking muck?’ 

These browny-green-muddy smoothies may not taste of heaven exactly, but they are definitely drinkable.  I’m sure that’s sold you!  The selling point of these is not flavour (although I will persist) – they give me all the nutrients I need for my day, a full stomach  (I make a litre at a time), and thanks to the enzymes and extra fibre; clear skin, a tougher immune system, a regular digestive system, a positive outlook (thanks B12) and more energy. 

So – I thought I would chill the perfectionist streak in me and release these recipes for your own continued exploration into the world of raw green smoothy health and happiness.

Here are my recipes for ‘ok’ tasting green smoothies:

THE BASIC:
¼ blender full of fruit
¾ blender full of dark green leaves
A plugged-in blender

THE DETAIL:
Locally produced, ripe fruit in season
1/3 bag of baby spinach
1/3 bag of water cress (this can make it spicey so be careful…)
½ a lettuce (not iceberg)
A big stack of sprouts (I go for alfalfa)
1/3 cucumber
1 x glass of water/coconut water
Juice of a lime/lemon.

HOW TO MAKE IT:
Add the fruit first, then the greens and the water and then blend.

As for fruit:
Amongst others, I tried honey dew melon, cantaloupe, strawberries, pear, pineapple and apple.  I particularly recommend a combo of 2 apples and half a punnet of strawberries or 2 apples and 1/3 of a pineapple and the flesh of a passionfruit only added after blending.

As for supplements:
I add spirulina algae (Hawaiian variety), which smells HIDEOUS, but it’s a great way to get B12;
Probiotics in powder form;
1 tbpsn of soaked flax seeds (added after blending), and
When I really don’t feel like the slightly grassy taste, I add 2 BIG tablespoons of raw cacao powder.

THE VITAMINS
A, B1, B6, B12, C, K, folate, iron, calcium and more…

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One Response to “ok tasting, hideous looking, seriously good-for-you green smoothies”

  1. fatkidsuit November 2, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    My morning green sludge recipe that tastes so good I wish my girlfriend would try a sip instead of running away screaming is:

    1. Blend tbs of raw almond butter (Trader Joe’s has it cheap) with some water to make a “nut milk” base.

    2. Then add: a banana, a tbs of raw cacao nibs, a tbs of raw honey, crushed ice, and fill with water up to about one finger below the top of the ice (I’m a bartender and work in a place where we do tons of blended margaritas and pina coladas). BLEND.

    This smoothie is easy and tastes superb. It doesn’t have the fresh greens, but you can add them if you like. I don’t because I eat a mixing bowl sized salad every night for dinner (I am trying to do 60 days 100% raw).

    Optional add-ins that I like are:
    -tbs coconut oil (this %$^# is like butter but good for you!)
    -maca powder (kinda like potato flour but supposed to be very good for you and mates well with cacao?)
    -hemp seeds or hemp oil

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