Smoothies are huge. Easy to see why. How else can you get down several servings of fruits and veggies first thing in the am?
I record these tips for Martha radio on Sirius XM, and what’s the one that elicited emails across the country? The Drink Your Greens tip–about how to make a green smoothie. Everyone wants to know how to do it.
The Art of Improvisation
Here’s the best thing about doing the smoothie thing: You really don’t need a recipe. Period.
I have books of recipes and I love the Whole Living smoothie app, but have I followed one of the recipes to a T yet? Nope. That’s because smoothies are the best when they’re improvised.
Also, they’re incredibly forgiving. So it’s hard to mess up. Doesn’t taste right? Too tart? Muddy? Bland? Back in it goes, add a few more ingredients, and blend it again. Easy peasy.
There are no real measurements here. You go by feel. But if you are panicking without a measurement, then assume around half a cup of each fruit, and then I just jam in as much spinach or kale or whatever as I can.
Ok, so you need a blender. Duh. This year, I invested in a Vitamix (and am obsessed with it), and it was worth every penny. This machine is so powerful that if you slapped wheels on it, you could take it on the highway. I have no relationship with the Vitamix, mind you. But if you have the opportunity to get one, and you’re interested in healthy eating, smoothies, and all that, GET IT. Other blenders really can’t touch it.
Here are some recipes I’ve been playing with:
Kitchen Sink Smoothie
(I just jam whatever deliciousness I have around the house, like:)
three chunks of ginger*
a few chunks of green apple
Scoop of green powder stuff (I happen to have Amazing Greens, but there are so many out there and I like that it gives the smoothie a little added nutritional oomph)
1 tsp chia seeds (again, not vital, but chia is all the rage, and has a ton of great stuff in it)
Juice of half a lemon
Some water (again, maybe half a cup? i go by feel–you can always add more to change consistency)
Spinach – jam in what fits.
Berry Green Ginger Smoothie (I made this up)
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. frozen raspberries
4 little chunks of ginger (which I chunk up and freeze so it’s always ready)
handful of spinach
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp (or so) of ground flaxseed (if you have digestive issues, trust me, you need this)
1/2 c. (or so) of brewed green tea (which helps soften up the frozen stuff so it blends easy, plus adds more powerful antioxidants)
1 organic green apple, chunked up
That’s it! Take that baby for a spin. DELISH. I would have added lemon juice, but didn’t have any. So I doubled up on ginger. You need that tartness/brightness to make the smoothie really sing. Otherwise, it can taste sort of…muddy.
Happy blending, folks.