Green smoothies

Green smoothie

About a year ago I did the Vegan Easy Challenge, where I went vegan for 30 days to try it out. While veganism wasn’t for me in the long term, I still learnt a lot of new recipes during the 30 days and it was very interesting. It was during this time that I first heard of green smoothies as a breakfast meal. I was always looking for new ways to eat more green vegetables, plus I had just moved into a house that had a blender, so I decided to give green smoothies a go. Green smoothies are also a lot more healthy than the last smoothie recipe I posted!

Basically you can use any fruit that you have on hand and any leafy green vegetable. Note, however that it is not a good idea to use celery, as it gives the whole smoothie a very strong celery taste (I know this from experience)! My must-have ingredients include frozen berries and lemon juice, and my greens are usually baby spinach, then I just add in whatever fruit I have lying around. Baby spinach has a very mild flavour that is easily masked by the fruit, making a tasty smoothie.

If you’re looking for more green smoothie inspiration you can check out some of my favourite blogger’s green smoothie recipes here and here to see what tickles your fancy. Also, if you want an extremely yummy (but not so healthy) smoothie.

Green smoothie ingredients

So the recipe I used recently:

1/12 watermelon

1 frozen banana

1 orange

1 handful frozen berries

1/2 cup water

2 handfuls baby spinach

1/8 cup lemon juice

Green smoothie food processor

Chop all ingredients roughly and place in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. I love your “green” smoothie.

    • Thanks, they very rarely turn out green in colour – this one was a nice pink because of the watermelon and berries, but often they come out a less appetising shade of brown (but still taste good).

  2. Faith @ The Cheap Girl's Guide to Chic says:

    I love green smoothies. I usually use kale, since I love spinach but I’m not the biggest fan of kale, yet still want to get all of its nutrients!

    • I wish I could use kale, but unfortunately it’s so expensive here that it’s a rare treat 🙁 I’m planning to grow it next year once the weather cools down a bit 🙂 I do have silverbeet growing so should probably try that 🙂

  3. That looks really good and would definitely be a nice change for breakfast, from the usual oatmeal or toast.

    • It is a nice breakfast, especially since the weather is warming up here 🙂 If I’m very hungry I’ll have some toast as well, but it’s a great way of getting at least one serve of fruit and veg for breakfast.

  4. I started drinking mixed vegetable and fruit drinks in just Japan, where they’re quite common (and have just enough fruit for a little sweetness). Usually the drinks are themed by the ingredients’ colours, I guess to avoid that brown effect (this blog post shows this really well: http://www.mikesblender.com/experiment5.htm). Of course, no matter what the colour, they taste good. Your recipe looks really nice – anything with frozen berries and bananas pretty much has to be great.

    • Thanks for the link, those drinks look yum 🙂 I wish we had more drinks like that over with mostly vegetable and only a little bit of fruit. Typically they’re mostly grape juice with a little bit of carrot juice. Frozen berries do make everything tasty, but Mr Omnivore still refuses to drink any smoothies with greens in them – more for me 🙂

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