Step by Step Guide to Making A Green Smoothie
First, decide what you want to put in the smoothie. You can follow a recipe, or wing it. You can get recipes all over the internet. Look at some of my other posts under the category “green smoothie experiment” for suggested resources. I kind of wing it. I know what I like (pineapple) and i know what tastes good and what doesn’t. I change up my greens, but my “go-to” green is definitely organic baby spinach. It’s readily available and not too expensive. I do spinach about 4 x’s a week. Sometimes I’ll do a spinach mix, like spinach and arugula or spinach and parsley. It doesn’t really matter all that much as long as you don’t use just one every single day.
I almost always add a banana because it gives a creamy texture. I like that! I also like to add an apple for the nice fiber. For even more fiber I throw in a tablespoon or so of ground flax.
For the smoothie this morning I chose three fruits, an apple, banana, and 1/4th of a pineapple. I buy them already cut at Central Market. It’s worth the fifty cents to not have the mess. If you have a vita-mix, you can just cut the apple in fourths. I discard the stem, but throw in all the rest. No need to cut out the core. Same with the pineapple. I just put it in core and all.
For veggies today I chose some baby carrots. They are so easy and convenient. My cucumber wasn’t organic so I did have to peel it. This is two large hands full of organic baby spinach.
I began by putting 1 1/2 cups of water in the blender. Then added the apple quarters, the banana, followed by the tbls of flax, then the pineapple. I cut the chunk in half before putting it in the blender. Next I added the cucumber cut up into about 2 inch slices. This totally filled the blender so I blended it for about 10 seconds to make room for the greens. I then added the handful of carrots and one handful of spinach. I don’t normally have to load twice, but when I add a cucumber it takes up more space than when I just use greens. I have the 48oz container, but my larger container will be delivered today! We never have any leftovers because some of the other kids (Erica) will drink them. Tina and I are drinking them regularly now. I had to blend for five seconds, then add the other handful of spinach. I then blended for about 20 seconds more.
And now —- The final result! When Tina retrieved hers out of the fridge she said, “I LOVE CUCUMBERS!” The combo of cucumber and pineapple is amazing! You should definitely try this recipe.
As I write this – I’m on my second glass. It’s just that good!