It has taken me a while to try the veggie smoothie. Maybe it’s the green color or the fear of new things or maybe it was the kale, but I was a little skeptical that a veggie smoothie would taste good. I held off making them for months, all the while checking Pinterest for green smoothie recipes. Now I wonder why on earth I didn’t give it a go sooner.
These smoothies are not sweet like their fruity cousins, but they have a fresh, clean flavor that is wonderful and energizing. We are experimenting with different flavors to find a balance that is sweet enough for Ellie, but not all fruit. I’ll post our successful recipes here, so check back! One reason I like the blended smoothie over a juiced variety, is that I still have all the fiber in the vegetables and their skins–it really does keep me full a long time.
The texture of these smoothies is very thick, and they are best enjoyed through a straw unless you like a nice, green mustache. We found these great, compostable straws at Whole Foods!
Great Green Smoothies (makes one smoothie)
- 2 organic apples, washed, cored and cut into 6-8 pieces each
- 2 stalks organic celery, washed and trimmed
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 organic cucumber, washed (not peeled)
- 1 large handful organic baby spinach, washed
- 1 tablespoon organic maca root powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Put all ingredients in a high-powered blender.
- Blend on high until all the ingredients are pureed.
- Serve chilled or over ice.