A handful of years ago when I was a full Vegetarian, a good friend of mine observed that I was a Vegetarian who didn’t like to eat vegetables. This was sad, but unfortunately true. In the years since this comment, I have fervently explored ways to incorporate more greens into my diet. I purchased a handful of books on green-eating. I also started following Victoria Boutenko and her “raw” family (Victoria was credited for starting the green smoothies revolution!) And finally, I closed my eyes and swiped my credit card for the legendary Vitamix machine. It was painful to spend $800 on a blender when I knew I could buy one for $30… but now that I have done it, I promise you it is worth every dime!
I also started following @simplegreensmoothies on Instagram for fresh new recipes to keep my green smoothies interesting. What's more, our 23-month old (she will be 2 soon but until then, I shall continue to count her age in months) loves drinking her green "juice".
Below, I share with you our family's tried and tested recipe. This is a starting point so definitely explore - the number of ways to make this stuff yummy is mind-blowing!
TD’s Basic Green Smoothies Recipe
1 big handful of baby spinach or kale or a combination of both
1 inch peeled ginger
1 apple (core removed)
5 - 7 strawberries (we buy the organic frozen ones from Costco)
10 dates (more if you like it sweeter!)
1 pint (1/2 ltr) of water
1 pint glass of ice
(Note: I use my 16 oz. mason jar as a measuring cup!)
Put it all in a good blender and blend until smooth. Try to use organic fruits and vegetables where you can. And don’t worry about getting the measurements precise. Just experiment and have fun!
This recipe should make 3 glasses of green smoothies goodness!