Winter’s not my favourite smoothie season. And now, with spring in the air, I feel oh so hungry for my vitamins. Werewolf-and-full-moon-hungry, in fact. Let the blenders roarrrr!
To stay in tune with the spring energy going on here, I decided to tackle one reader FAQ: to share my favourite, healthy green smoothie recipes, preferably not too expensive and not too exotic in taste (I presume to make them more enjoyable for kids).
In fact, some of my favourite smoothie ingredients are quite affordable and accessible too, even out of season.
DELIGHTFUL & HEALTHY SMOOTHIE HOW-TO
2. Go veggie-heavy to lessen your sugar consumption.
3. Skip the ice part AND get the most out of healthy out-of-season ingredients with deep frozen organic veggies (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach) and berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries).
4. ‘Powerfoods’ are not a universal magic potion, and, as always, things that have effects can have side effects too. Adjust all recipes, always, to your personal health situation and be attentive to your body when you try something new. Since recent research suggests that neither kale nor spinach should be consumed in large amounts – or continuuously –, I always rotate the greens in my smoothie recipes. Even though I’m sharing kale-based favourites here, these two taste as good with broccoli or arugula, to name just two options.
5. For the liquid ingredient, try plant or nut ‘milk’ or something as fancy as quality coconut water. Soy milk, for instance, is an excellent base for creamy white smoothies.
And now: Woohoo, I’m going to unleash the Vitamix beast!
Here are my all-time-favourite green smoothie recipes, two are based on kale (I’ll gladly repeat: don’t overdo kale, switch to other greens), one features an antiallergenic green tea variety:
1. Hayfever: orange-cucumber-ginger smoothie infused with benifuuku tea. 2. Green beauty: kale-cucumber-mint-mango smoothie. 3. Salted detox: kale-cucumber-mint-celery-grapes smoothie.
HAYFEVER GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE
I’ve shared my experience with the excellently metabolism-boosting and allergy blasting benifuuku tea before, and this year, I repeated the treatment for the third time in a row. Since drinking this tea as is isn’t everybody’s, well, cup of tea, due to the high amount of catechins, the best way to pull it through is use it in green smoothies. Please read my post for (way) more details and for side effects!
GREEN BEAUTY SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Most kale (or veggie) smoothie recipes try to mask the specific kale (or veggie) taste, and yes, sweetness definitely works. However, I prefer my smoothies veggie-heavy, so I tend to use just one intensely sweet fruit if going for a velvety, sweet taste.
SALTED DETOX GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE
Sweet does work to ‘mask’ specific veggies’ taste one might need time to get used to. But trust me, going with the flow tastes just as good if not better!
Embrace the specific taste of kale, spinach, or broccoli with something as fine as celery – for freshness, add just a little fruit (berries or grapes work great). Extra tip: if kale and celery have a particularly intense aroma, rim the glass with sea salt 😉
And now a note on the method:
I use 300 ml liquid per serving, adding another 300 ml of fresh and frozen veggies, herbs, and fruits completely to my liking.
To add further zest to the smoothie, I might throw in powdered greens and ‘superfoods’, chia, hemp or flax seeds.