C’est La Video: Green Smoothie
I’ve been wanting to do a post about green smoothies for a while, and I was way overdue for shooting a new video, so I figured I’d tackle both at once! With the New Year upon us and so many people making resolutions to eat a more healthy diet, I thought I’d show you guys how I make my favorite green smoothie.
Before I do that, I want to give you a little background and more information about green smoothies. Ryan and I have been making breakfast smoothies for years, but we used to only add a bit of spinach. I was talking with a customer about this last spring, and she recommended I check out the book Green for Life. I really enjoyed the book, and it inspired me to get more creative with the greens I added to my smoothies. I starting using dandelion greens, romaine, parsley, mint, tatsoi, beet greens and kale, to name just a few.
For three or four weeks I followed the recipes in Green for Life until I felt I had a pretty good grasp of the amounts to use, as well as an idea of the combinations of fruit and veg that I like best. The main thing I took away from the book was to make sure to vary the fruit and greens that you use, which was really easy for me to do over the summer since there’s such an abundance of seasonal fruit available.
The smoothie I make in this video is one of my favorites, and it’s the one I’ve been making most often lately. Some other versions I really like are romaine with frozen pineapple and mango, or beet greens with frozen strawberries and fresh oranges. Speaking of oranges, they’re great with just about everything, and they’re particularly yummy with grapes (and any greens). If you use oranges just cut off the peel, cut them in half and toss them into your blender.
Another thing you might want add is some flax meal or oil, which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and I like adding a vegan protein powder as well. I usually only add cocoa powder if I’m adding berries or only using bananas (which are also tasty with a bit of cinnamon), and if you want your smoothie to be totally raw you could use raw cacao powder instead.
I normally use a Vitamix blender for my smoothies, and I do think that a high-speed blender is best for these. The greens really get pulverized, as do any seeds in the fruit. That being said, a Vitamix blender is pricey. We’d already burned through two blenders that were both pretty high quality when we decided to take the plunge and get a Vitamix, and we got a refurbished model that was much less expensive than the brand new models. If you do a lot of blending, I think a Vitamix is definitely worth the investment.
If you want to learn more about making green smoothies and all the health benefits they provide, Green for Life is a great starting point, and there’s also an abundance of information about them online. The main thing I tell people is to not be afraid to experiment so that you can find what you like best. If they taste terrible to you, you’re not going to drink them. For example, I know that kale is one of the best greens to use for these, but it’s really hard for me to get a smoothie down that has kale in it, so I don’t use it as much as other greens.
I hope that this video and post are helpful to you and that you’ll try making your own green smoothies (if you’re not already!). They really are a great addition to your diet, and if you drink them regularly, you’ll definitely feel the benefits!