Everywhere I turn, I seem to see some article or hear some conversation gushing about the benefits of “green smoothies”. Full of nutrients and huge energy boosters, green smoothies have become all the rage amongst 20-something women and in the blogosphere. I, personally, am not a big fan of vegetables, and assumed green smoothies would be horrendous. However, after finding some recipes online, making my own and tweaking it to my liking, I’ve found that they can (and do) taste fantastic. My trick? Incorporating fruit and other forms of sweetening to mask the taste of the vegetables.
Here’s a list of some of my top 3 favorite green smoothie recipes that you can try on your own:
The Avo-nana Smoothie:
-½ Avocado, diced
-1 banana, sliced
-A fistfulof spinach
-1 egg + yolk, beaten
-1 cup of milk
-1 cup of ice cubes
Taste: Slightly sweet, but not tangy or bland. If you like things on the sweeter side, add some stevia to taste.
Grind the ice cubes, and then blend until smooth. For a creamier consistency, freeze the banana overnight, or sub a cup of milk for a cup of greek yogurt.
-½ Avocado, Diced
-1 sliced and peeled honeycrisp apple
-2 peeled kiwis
-1 cup vanilla greek yogurt (my choice: Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt)
Taste: The sweetness of the honeycrisp apple and the vanilla greek yogurt balances out the tanginess of the kiwi. The consistency is a lot like ice cream because of the avocado and the greek yogurt.
Blend until smooth. If you don’t have vanilla greek yogurt, you can use plain greek yogurt and add a spoonful of stevia or sweetener. If you don’t like the creamy texture, sub a cup of milk for the greek yogurt.
Tangy Green Smoothie:
-1 diced and peeled mango
-2 fistfuls of kale
-1 cup of diced pineapple
-1 cup of milk
-¼ cup of rolled oats
Taste: The tanginess of the mango and the pineapple covers the blandness of the kale. Rolled oats provides an extra source of nutrients, and the milk cuts down the tanginess by a notch.
Blend until smooth. Add an orange slice, for garnish and for extra tanginess, if you’re feeling fancy.