7 Surprising Green Smoothie Recipes

Posted by | March 23, 2014 | Body, Food + Health | One Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I threw out some very practical tips for clean living as it pertains to the body.

(Learn more together with A SPRING CLEAN.)

Since, I’ve received a number of requests for my favorite green smoothie recipes.

A morning green smoothie is such an easy way to support your body’s health, digestion and natural detoxification systems.

Here are 7 very different and delicious recipes that I make and love.

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Tomorrow ~ logistics : how to make your smoothie habit easy to start + stick with.

The Staple

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:: inspired by Kim Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie ::

I drank The Staple smoothie every day for months and months. It takes a long time to get tired of it. That said, I’m tired of it. I’m playing with other smoothies, lately, until I’m not sick of this anymore. I’ll always go back to this smoothie. It’s delicious, has a dynamite combination of veggies and fruits, and it freezes well.

But I’ll always go back to this smoothie. It’s delicious and it freezes well.

Serving: approx. 3 16-ounce smoothies

  • Baby spinach (one pre-wash bag ~ approx. 12-16 ounces or 5 cups)
  • Small head of romaine, chopped
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (or parsley — either is optional, not everyone likes cilantro or parsley)
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbl. hemp seed (or other plant-based protein)
  • 1 cup filtered water + handful of ice

Place only the spinach, romaine, cilantro and cucumber into your blender, then add 1 cup of water, and blend until completely smooth — at least 10 seconds. I blend for a full 30 seconds.

Put the rest of your ingredients into the blender, including ice. Blend for 30 seconds. Fin!

(For how to keep leftovers, see tomorrow’s post on logistics.)

Banana Walnut

green banana smoothie

  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 bunch of boc choy, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts, soaked for 15 minutes to 1 hour in water
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla pod, or 1 tsp high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbl. honey
  • 1 cup water
  • handful of ice

Put everything in the blender and blend from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

I often have it in the afternoon as an energy-boosting snack.

NOTE: We soak nuts to help our bodies digest the nuts more easily and to ease the way for us to absorb their nutrients.

Spinach Basil

spinach smoothie

  • 1/2 bag pre-washed spinach, approx. 3-4 cups
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1 cup chopped watermelon (if available) or other melon on hand
  • 1/3 cup cashews, soaked 15 minutes to 1 hour in water
  • 1/4 tsp. pink sea salt (available online or at Whole Foods)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful of ice

Put everything in the blender and blend from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Sometimes, I add a handful of mint to this smoothie. I have also added 1 tsp. cinnamon and 4 or 5 drops of stevia for variety, too.

Arugula Hempseed

green smoothie arugula

  • 3 to 4 cups arugula
  • 1 to 2 tbl. hempseed
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 handful of ice

Just put everything in the blender and blend from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Instead of coconut water, or sometimes in addition to it, a cup of almond milk is delicious (it’s really easy to make your own — and a billion times tastier; just soak almonds in water overnight and blend … better yet, google it).

Watercress Pine Nut

green smoothie pear

  • 3 to 4 cups watercress, or other peppery green like arugula
  • 1 chopped apple (I like pink lady)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, soaked for 15 minutes in water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 to 2 tbl. bee pollen
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 handful of ice

Just put everything in the blender and blend from 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Bee pollen is a superfood, meaning it contains a disproportionate amount of nutrients per gram.

You can take a tablespoon for energy after breakfast, or before your workout, with or without coconut water or coconut oil. It’s an easy addition to any smoothie, too.

Pineapple Jalepeno

green smoothie goji berries on a smoothie

  • 5 cups chopped kale or other dark leafy green (dandelion, collard, chard etc.)
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh jalepeno
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 handful of ice

Just put everything in the blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Spinach Slam

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  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups mango (frozen is fine)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice (or, 1/2 cup pineapple juice and 1/2 cup water)
  • 1 to 2 tbl. hemp seed

Just put everything in the blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

This smoothie is inspired by local Atlanta juice and smoothie company, Arden’s Garden. Before I was truly hooked on juices and smoothies, I’d stop by and get a Spinach Slam before running errands or after a workout.

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Start with the Staple.

It’s a crowd pleaser.

You can make it once, and enjoy it for three days. (Leftovers go in the freezer — see tomorrow’s post on logistics.)

If any one ingredient grosses you out, leave it off. If you hate cucumbers in your smoothies, substitute celery, for instance. If you are tired of spinach, use collards, kale, turnip greens or a spring mix, instead.

Health shots made in your blender?

You can just blend wheat grass, tumeric, ginger, garlic, and more. More on all that another day.

 

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One Comment

  • chuckdelicious says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I love your smoothie ideas! Sometimes when i am rushing out the door to work, or don’t have all (any) good ingredients to create a delicious smoothie, i like to simply blend up spinach, and maybe add some lemon. A huge bag can be found at any farmers market, and I have found that it taste good, and meets the demand of our favorite one-eyed sailor! Eating greens before each meal is supposed to be important, so my wife, mom, and nutritionist say…

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