GREEN SMOOTHIE

After reading the book,  Finding Ultra, I became very curious about the Vitamix blender.  After asking around a bit, I realized I must be the only one without one, so I decided to take the plunge and buy one.   My new Vitamix  blender arrived this week, so I wasted no time trying some of the green smoothie recipes I’ve been bookmarking.  Recipe at bottom.

The smoothie pictured above is terrific and full of good things.  What a great way to get all of your veggies and fruits in one serving.  You can taste a little bite from the greens, so instead of coconut water, you might try organic apple juice.

Green Smoothie from Dr. Oz

1 cup chopped fresh kale
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen spinach
1½ tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
½ avocado
½ banana
½ apple
1 cup coconut water
A few drops of stevia for added sweetness (optional)

Blend all ingredients in blender, serve over ice.  (I did not use any sweetener, and I thought it was fine)

If anyone has a great smoothie recipe, feel free to share!

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9 Responses
  • abby June 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    boy do i have a green smoothie recipe for you! i’ve been juicing like crazy because sometimes solid food and a scorching texas summer just don’t mix! this one has been my favorite lunch for the past month:

    Kale Mary
    -1 cup of chopped kale
    -1 banana
    -1/4 cup of almond milk (i make my own almond milk but you could use store bought almond milk or 1/4 cup of soy milk or greek yogurt)
    -1 tablespoon of coconut oil
    -1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil
    -4 or 5 ice cubes

    Blend until smooth. If you prefer your smoothies without bits in it then strain it through a sieve before you enjoy, but i would recommend grabbing a spoon and munching all of the yummy green bits at the bottom!

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  • judy ALDRIDGE June 13, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Abby–

    Thanks! That sounds amazing! judy

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  • Géraldine June 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Love it, I live on healthy smoothies! Usually I add the same ingredients you posted here minus the avocado and the coconut water, and I use Silk almond milk. I must try this version, thanks for sharing!

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  • Kym June 14, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I have a couple from the book CLEAN and Ms. Paltrow’s blog. Here’s one I do every day:

    1 cup almond milk (I make this myself 2x a week)
    handful of frozen rasberry
    handful of frozen blueberry
    I add a little probiotics, cause, ‘why not?”

    Here’s another:

    1 cup coconut water
    handful of kale
    fresh pineapple
    1 teaspoon chia seeds

    I eyeball this stuff, but if you search GOOP, I’m sure you’ll find it. Another

    1 cup water
    1/4 cup almond butter (fresh from the Whole Foods machine)
    1/4 frozen peaches
    bit of cardamom
    (I also add a smidge of pumpkin butter which TJ’s makes – it’s a seasonal spread/jam)

    And finally, cold ‘cado soup

    3/4 cup chicken broth (no low sodium)
    1/4 cup 1/2 & 1/2 (this isn’t calorie free, but it’s good :)
    1/4 -1/2 shallot
    1 avocado
    several cilantro leafs
    pinch of salt

    My blender gets a good deal of use!

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  • judy ALDRIDGE June 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Kym,

    Thanks so much for sharing the recipes!! judy

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  • emily June 15, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    I frequently use a zucchini instead of a banana in fruit smoothies — good way to get more greens in a sweeter smoothie

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  • Joan June 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I love your and Jane’s blogs. So creative!

    We love juicing as well as smoothies. Buy organic if you can.
    Make sure you rotate your greens (some contain oxalates which can build up)
    Here is a Juice.

    Green Mint Juice
    1 large bunch kale
    1 large bunch mint
    2 oranges (peeled)
    2 apples
    4 carrots
    1/2 pineapple

    Juice and enjoy.

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  • Joan June 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    I forgot to add an awesome smoothie. Here is a link, it is not my recipe:

    It is for a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie and we love, love, love it! So healthy and no dairy either!

    http://www.vanessachamberlin.com/2012/02/08/chocolate-monkey-shake/

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  • shrimpton couture June 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I tried your smoothie this morning with slight variations based on what I had in the fridge and it was super. I just eyeballed all ingredients:

    a bit of homemade cashew milk
    1/2 avacado
    1/2 scoop of whey protein
    1/2 banana
    1/2 green apple
    big handful of spinach
    a handful of raspberries
    water to just cover the lot

    I bought the kitchen aid immersion hand mixer – the one with the multiple settings – that things is a hand mixer on steroids – comes with a deep beaker with a lid – till I get a vitamix blender – threw everything in the beaker and set it on setting 4 and it whipped everything up in a minute or two. The beaker comes with a cap so I have half saved for later. I added a couple of ice cubes to the final – it hot here :)

    Thanks for the inspiration Judy!!! xx

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