It’s all true! Even my four year old son has been drinking green smoothies since he was weaned off of breast milk and he loves them. My husband who is not a huge fan of vegetables will also drink them. I just made a batch for my mother in law who is fighting a cold and I’m confident that while it’s not a miracle cure, she’s better off for drinking them. Whenever I feel under the weather I step up my green smoothie intake and inevitably I feel healthier and have more energy. And the best part is that they are DELICIOUS! I have been known to whip up a quick batch at dinner parties when we’re chatting and the subject comes up and people make “the face” at the idea of drinking anything with kale, collards, or spinach in it. I feel compelled to convince them that it really is delicious and I’ve never had anyone disagree when they tasted it. So if you’ve never tried it, jump on the bandwagon now and you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel! And if you have picky kids (or husbands) that don’t eat their veggies, (or even if they do) whip up a batch and you won’t believe how fast they’ll gulp them down and ask for more.
Ok, now that I’ve gone on and on about how great they are let’s get down to practical matters – do you need a special blender to make them? In a word, no. BUT, a high powered blender like a vita mix or something similar will open up a whole new world of ingredient options to you. For example, when we were in CT I really, really, REALLY missed my Vitamix and will never leave it behind again when we go on an extended trip like that. I had a typical blender at the house we were renting but it could only really handle organic baby spinach and soft fruits like bananas. Of course just those two things and water make an excellent smoothie but you’ll want some variety if you’re going to make it a habit. With my vitamix, I can use kale, pineapple, whole peeled clementines, grapes and other fibrous fruits and greens and get a smooth and creamy consistency. A normal blender would never be able to handle that stuff without an unpleasant pulpy consistency. I know because I’ve tried!
- 1 cup chopped papaya
- 1 cup chopped pineapple (omit for basic blender)
- 1 peeled ripe banana
- 2 cups fresh collard leaves (org baby spinach for b.b.)
- 5 ice cubes
- 2-3 cups water (adjust for consistency as desired)
- Blend. Drink. Be healthier.
As a side note, I do my prep (peeling, chopping, etc) in large batches and keep the fruit ingredients in the fridge or, if I have a lot of stuff, in the freezer. If you’re using frozen fruit, you can omit the ice cubes. Doing the prep ahead of time helps me stay on track because all I have to do is toss the stuff in and hit blend which takes less than two minutes total so there are no excuses not to make them. Also, when you are just starting out you may experience some detox symptoms like headaches which is normal. If you have “issues” with the increase in fiber, you can thin them out with more water which usually helps in the first couple of days! If you try them I’d love to hear your comments on what ingredients you used, how they tasted, and if you got the healthy “buzz” from them! Now go forth and be green!