Awhile back, I shared that Jeff and I are regularly consuming green smoothies. We drink one with breakfast and then another before dinner. I also mentioned that I don’t serve the smoothies to the children, but I was hoping they would eventually start asking to share our green smoothies. Here’s the update. For several weeks now, A. has been drinking and enjoying two green smoothies every day. Yesterday, C. and B. asked for a half a cupful, which they enjoyed so much, they asked for more. Both of them said it tasted good!
You can find more information about green smoothies here.
This is the green smoothie recipe that I generally follow each morning.
Green Smoothie: Banana-Pear-Pineapple-Spinach
We have a Vita-Mix and it can handle this amount. If you have a regular blender, you should reduce it by half.
- heaping 1/4 cup of flax seeds
- two large or three small bananas, peeled and cut in thirds (frozen or fresh)
- 2 ripe pears, washed and cut in halves
- 6 to 8 big chunks of frozen pineapple
- 5 ounces of spinach (about 2 huge handfuls) or other greens*
- 4 cups of water or until blender container is 3/4 full
- 8 ice cubes
Put the flax seeds in the bottom of the Vita-Mix wet container, followed by all the fresh ingredients, then the frozen. Pour water over all. Secure lid and tamper. Start blending on low to get a good water base going with the softer ingredients. Smoothly increase the variable speed and flip to high to break up the frozen ingredients. Blend until smooth.
*Other greens (rotate for diversity): 3 or 4 leaves of chard, kale or collards, broken up into pieces that fit into the blender.
*Jeff likes smoothies thin and icey, so I pour out half of the mixture into two Tupperware tumblers with lids. To the remainder left in the Vita-Mix, I add 1 to 2 cups more water and 6 more ice cubes and reblend just to incorporate the water and break up the ice. We consume this amount, between all of us. I store the Tupperware tumblers in the refrigerator to save for later in the day, where it will keep for up to 24 hours. When we are ready for our pre-dinner green smoothie, I pour the amount I stored back into the Vita-Mix wet container, add 1 to 2 cups water and 6 ice cubes, secure the lid and tamper and reblend to incorporate the water and break up the ice.
© Copyright 2006 by Wardee Harmon
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