What's A Green Smoothie?

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A green smoothie is any smoothie which contains leafy green vegetables. It does not have to be literally green to be considered such––if you add a handful of spinach to a peach-banana smoothie, you've just made your smoothie green––linguistically, if not literally.

Why Green Smoothies?

Scrumptiousness aside, green smoothies are an excellent source of fiber, minerals and vitamins. They are easy to prepare, digest and clean up after.

Once you get the hang of preparing smoothies, you can go from feeling hungry to having a completed smoothie, and a clean/drying blender jar, in the space of five minutes. This makes smoothies of any color a healthy alternative to munching on popcorn.

Tools and Equipment

Leafy green vegetables are very fibrous and hard to break down with a traditional blender. That is why so many green smoothie enthusiasts recommend getting a commercial-quality blender. Some swear by Vitamix, others by Blendtec. Either of these blenders is a worthy investment, though a regular blender works for more basic recipes.

Whatever blender you use, it's a good idea to add 1/2 to 1 cup of water to every recipe. Otherwise, the ingredients can get stuck, leading the motor to overheat itself.

You will also need a cutting board and a set of knives, to slice, dice and pit different veggies and fruits. Cucumbers, celery sticks, bell peppers and tomatos all need to be sliced up before going into the blender. Avocados, peaches, plums and nectarines all need to be de-pitted.

A Note About Serving Sizes

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The ingredient amounts on this list, e.g. 1 cup, 1 tablespoon, etc. are just suggestions. In practice, you barely need to measure anything when making smoothies.

If you're adding a strong/spicy ingredient, such as cilantro, start with a little bit, blend it in, do a taste test, and repeat until you get the flavor that you like.

Many of the smoothies on this list have overlapping ingredients. You'll notice a lot of smoothies calling for banana, apple, meyer lemons and spinach. This is to allow you to make 5 or 6 smoothies without having a mile-long grocery list. Also, no two smoothies are alike; even if you use the exact same recipe twice, these two smoothies won't taste quite the same.

Don't worry about getting the ingredients exactly right, either. If you can't find jicama or mustard greens, try using something else that's available. The smoothie will still be good and nobody will be the wiser.

1. Banana-Persimmon Swirl

Ingredients:

  1. 1 banana
  2. 3 ripe persimmons
  3. 1/2 meyer lemon
  4. 1/2 cup spinach
  5. 1/4 cup mustard greens

2. Summer in Winter

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cucumber, diced
  2. 2 apples
  3. 2 stalks of celery, diced
  4. 2 tablespoons cashew butter, or other nut butter
  5. 1 small tomato
  6. 1/2 cup blackberries (optional)

3. Everything Green

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup green grapes
  2. 1 green apple
  3. 1/2 cup spinach
  4. 2 celery stalks, diced
  5. a pinch of cilantro

4. ROYGBIV

Ingredients:

  1. 1 Red apple
  2. 1/2 orange
  3. 1 yellow banana
  4. Mustard greens
  5. One small box of blueberries
  6. 1 purple fig

5. Everything But The Cow

All of the basic hamburger toppings in smoothie form. Add bacon at your own risk.

  1. 2 tomatoes
  2. 1/2 head of butter lettuce
  3. Mustard greens and flowers
  4. 1 cucumber, sliced
  5. 1/4 sweet onion, chopped
  6. 1 jalapeño pepper (optional)

6. Basic Banana

Ingredients:

  1. 1 banana
  2. 1/2 cup kale
  3. 1/2 cup spinach
  4. 1/2 cup cashews or other nuts
  5. 2-3 strawberries (optional)

Note: blend the nuts first, either in the blender with water, or in a food processor until you get them to a very fine consistency. You can also use a tablespoon or two of nut butter.

7. Red and Green

Ingredients:

  1. 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  2. 1 cup kale
  3. A few large, square slices of watermelon
  4. A sprig of basil
  5. 1 tomato
  6. Radish greens (not the radishes themselves!)
  7. 1 thai chili pepper (optional––very spicy)

8. Wheatgrass Tonic

Ingredients:

  1. Wheatgrass
  2. 2 apples
  3. 1/2 meyer lemon

9. Liquid Lunch

Ingredients:

  1. 2 tomatos
  2. 1 cup cherries, pitted
  3. 1 tablespoon nut butter
  4. 1 cup sprouted wheat berries
  5. 1 avocado
  6. parsley
  7. cilantro
  8. fennel
  9. arugula

10. Seaweed Surprise

  1. 1/2 cup arame seaweed, soaked for 20 minutes and drained
  2. 1 blood orange
  3. a slice of lemon
  4. Sprig of rosemary
  5. 1/2 cup dulse, soaked for 20-30 minutes and drained
  6. 1/4 cup jicama

11. Sugar and Spice

This really is spicy.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup lemon juice
  2. 1/2 cup carrot juice
  3. 1 thai chili pepper
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. carrot greens
  6. arugula
  7. cilantro

12. Red, Yellow and Green

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup spinach
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. sprig of spearmint
  4. sprig of peppermint
  5. sprig of anise
  6. 1/4 cup raspberries
  7. 1/2 cup strawberries
  8. 1/4 cup fennel

13. Light

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cucumber, sliced
  2. 1 meyer lemon
  3. 1/2 fuji apple
  4. lambsquarters
  5. cilantro
  6. peppermint

14. Banana-Nut Milkshake

  1. 1 banana
  2. 2 tablespoons cashew butter or other nut butter
  3. spinach
  4. 1 leaf butter lettuce

15. Fall Back

Ingredients:

  1. 3 plums
  2. 1 peach
  3. 1/4 cup beet greens
  4. cilantro
  5. sprig of rosemary
  6. sprig of basil

16. Concentration Booster

Ingredients:

  1. 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  2. 1/2 cup grapes
  3. 1/4 cup mustard greens
  4. 1/2 cup chrysanthemum greens

17. Blue and Green

Ingredients:

  1. 1 banana
  2. blueberries
  3. spinach

18. Dark Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  1. 2 plums
  2. Dinosaur kale
  3. 1/2 celery stalk, sliced
  4. Radish greens (again, not the radishes themselves!)
  5. Blackberries
  6. Blueberries
  7. Sprigs of cilantro, rosemary and thyme

19. Garden Greens

Ingredients:

  1. 1 peach
  2. 1 nectarine
  3. 1/4 of a honeydew melon
  4. dandelion greens
  5. chrysanthemum greens
  6. miner's lettuce

20. Easy Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  1. 2 ripe persimmons
  2. 2 celery stalks, sliced
  3. 1 tomato
  4. sprigs of spearmint, parsley and fennel (optional)