A few weeks back, a lady asked me to share the recipe for the green smoothies that have started sneaking into our morning routine and What we ate posts. I’ve tried to write this post several times, but realized I don’t have a solid recipe for smoothies because the combination changes every time I make them, depending on what we have on hand. Since receiving an immersion blender in December, I’ve been experimenting with a few recipes, and rarely measuring any ingredient once we found a good ratio of greens-to-fruit. I’ve learned a few important things though, which I am happy to share. Laura of Sidesaddle Kitchen has a beautiful recipe, which is more direct and clear than what is about to follow here, so you may want to go directly to the raw, vegan, not gross source for the real deal.
First off, Intern and I are more likely to drink a smoothie for breakfast if it is already made and waiting in the fridge in the morning. To do this, we make smoothies at night while making dinner usually, then put them in the fridge to drink in the morning. To prevent the smoothie from separating, we add ground oatmeal to help absorb moisture, and keep the consistency thick and smooth. I can’t remember where I read about this trick, possibly on The Kitchn. Generally, I grind equal parts oatmeal and flax seed (for fiber! omega-3! and crap like that!) ahead of time, and keep the mixture in a jar– adding a tablespoon or two when I make smoothies.
Second, when adding spinach or other greens to your smoothie, start small, and build up as you go. If you’re fearful of greens in your smoothie, add a bit, then add more each day until you can handle it. It is delicious though, so don’t worry. I’ve discovered we really like a big handful of fresh crocodile spinach from our CSA, (or 1/3 cup frozen spinach if thats all we have) or sometimes a mixture of wild arugula and several leaves of kale. Actually, when we have kale we go for kale every time.
*makes two 12oz smoothies
-1 big handful of spinach OR a few kale leaves/a handful of arugula
-1 whole sectioned orange, peeled OR several small satsumas/mandarins OR 1 apple, cored but not peeled
-squeeze of lemon or lime juice (helps keep the color bright, and gives a little extra kick)
-1-2 TBSP flax seed oatmeal mixture
-1/2 cup mango (fresh or frozen works well)
-enough juice or water (sparkling if you’re drinking it right away!) to fill smoothie container about 1/2 way (we use fresh grapefruit or orange juice most frequently)
-a few mint leaves/cilantro
-1 little knob of ginger
-small handful of berries like blueberries, raspberries…
-1/2 avocado (So so so good)
-coconut milk OR coconut water OR blood orange juice in the place of water/juice
Directions: Blend this up. Add more liquid if necessary to get the consistency you like. Put it in the fridge, drink it in the morning if you are a morning-zombie like me.