Green Smoothies

They say it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to become a master.

I say “they” because I have no idea who actually said that.

According to my blendtec counter, I have blended 1655 smoothies. I am not sure where this translates on the scale of novice to master, nor do I consider myself a master, but I have blended quite a few green smoothies in my day.

A few years ago, my sister-in-law Katie showed me how to make green smoothies. I remember watching in awe as she placed handfuls of spinach into the blender along with frozen berries, bananas, and orange juice. Genius, pure genius, was all I could think. Along with how had I not known about green smoothies sooner? How had I deprived my body of such vital sustenance?! My sister-in-law Katie is a few years older than my husband and I. And since I only have brothers, I’ve always looked up to her and gleaned her knowledge of all things food and baby. I hurriedly wrote down what she was doing on a post-it note and put a nice blender at the top of my Christmas list that year. Lucky me Santa brought me one!

Since then, I make a green smoothie almost everyday. I fell even more in love with green smoothies when my son was a baby and learned to drink out of a straw. Watching him happily gulp down kale still makes me feel a little giddy. And sneaky. Green smoothies are like my mom guilt-insurance policy. If my son rejects a healthy dinner I make later in the day, I think back to the green smoothie he had earlier, and feel a little better about life. Green smoothies just make everything in life better.

That is with one huge exception. I only like green smoothies when they don’t taste “green”. A green smoothie can go from amazing to awful pretty quick. And I’d rather eat a kale salad, which I find delicious, than gulp down something mealy, room temperature, watery and grassy tasting.

This week I’m going to post some of my favorite green smoothie combinations. All of these smoothies don’t taste green at all! I don’t usually use recipes or measure things out when I make smoothies, but I tend to follow a few green-smoothie rules. The Green-Smoothie Commandments, if you will.

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Even with these rules, I know it’s still nice to get some new inspiration if you’re in a green smoothie rut or if you’re new to green smoothies.

Here are the green smoothie recipes I’ll be sharing this week:

Day 1 – Mixed Berry Mango Kale Smoothie

Day 2 – Strawberry Banana Spinach Smoothie

Day 3 – Mango Avocado Smoothie

Day 4 – Super Green Back-On-Track Smoothie

Day 5 – Cherry Almond Spinach Smoothie

 

The first smoothie I’m sharing is the same combination my sister-in-law showed me years ago. It is still one of my very favorites! This smoothie is great if you’re forcing green smoothies on introducing them to a skeptical loved one. I like using purple kale because it keeps the smoothie a nice purple huge.

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Green Smoothie Week: Mixed Berry Mango Kale Smoothie

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice (or 3/4 cup orange juice + 3/4 cup water)
  • 1/2 cup something creamy (yogurt, kefir, coconut milk)
  • 1-2 cups kale
  • Optional Mix-Ins:
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Protein Powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Notes

*For the kale, I don't pack the cups down. I usually add 1-2 loose handfuls.

*You may want to thin the smoothie with up to 1/2 cup juice/water to the consistency you like.

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One Response

  1. KatieMac says:

    Hi Erin, What a beautiful post and what great information. You’re blog is so helpful. Thank you for making it easy to keep up with the important things in life — such as making good/healthy food for the kiddos!

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