Simple Green Smoothie

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Green Smoothie recipes are easily found these days, and there are plenty of schools of thought on the subject.  Since I now have a green smoothie for breakfast almost every day, I’ll share a few of my thoughts about it.

green smoothieI was SO stoked the day I bought my new Blendtec blender!  My parents thought I was nuts, buying such an expensive blender, but trust me… I’m not nuts!  This blender is the bomb-diggety.  It’s the boss.  It’s completely bodacious.

Here’s the thing: if you’re going to make green smoothies, you’re going to want to have a really high-end blender, like the Blendtec or VitaMix.  The other blenders just can’t handle the green stuff very well.

No, this is not a review of the Blendtec.  But it is awesome.

Point B: Green smoothies are the best breakfast ever.

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Followers of this blog have no doubt heard me complain frequently about the picky eaters in my family.  My dear husband will not let spinach come anywhere near his lips.  Which is too bad, because I really love spinach.

BUT… my picky eaters all love this green smoothie.  It’s like a Christmas Miracle.

I’m kind of a purist about the green smoothie.  I mean, if you’re going to bother with it, you should do it right.  And the right way is to add nothing too it… nothing but fruit, greens, and water or ice if you want.  No protein powder, no flaxseed, no greek yogurt.  You’ll get the best absorption into your system without any add-ins.green smoothie recipes

Honestly, besides the yummy fruity flavor, I absolutely love the way this green smoothie makes me feel.  If I drink two great big glasses of it, it squashes the sugar cravings, and the hunger, and gives me a little energy boost.  It’s my absolute favorite breakfast for that reason.

And, it’s the only way I can get any greens in my family!

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Ingredients
  • 1 handful frozen peach slices (about 6-8 slices)
  • half of a 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, juice included
  • 1 apple, core removed
  • 1 orange, peel removed
  • 1 banana, peel removed
  • 4 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 1 large handful (about 1 cup) fresh spinach
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients, in order, into a blender. Use the "smoothie" setting, or blend on high for 30-45 seconds. Drink immediately.

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Comments

  1. Hi Jen,

    I am going to try this. I have been juicing for a short time now (after watching fat, sick and nearly dead) and I have not been able to find a “green” juice I like. It either tastes too sugary or like….grass. Thanks for the post.

  2. Hey, Jen! This looks yummy. I just started making green smoothies this week and am amazed that they can be so yummy! My goal is to have at least half of my ingredients be veggies. You’d be amazed at how little the veggies change the flavor. As long as you have some OJ concentrate you can hardly taste cucumbers, celery, kale, spinach, carrots, etc. I’d love to see what veggie combinations you think are the best!

  3. I’m not that big of a smoothie person, although I always enjoy them when I make them. I definitely need to try a green one – I’ve been reading so much about them, and it’s a great way to eat veggies in the morning! Although I do wonder if my blender is up to it. Anyway, good post – thanks.

  4. Hi Jen,
    This looks like a great Smoothtie! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Ooh this sounds so good! Thanks for sharing my avocado smoothie!

  6. This looks like a winner! We love adding peaches and bananas to our daily green smoothie too. I remember when I first tried one and I was shocked at how good it tasted— now I can’t go a day without one. And my kids love them too! Cheers to our health!

  7. How many servings does that make? Do you know how many calories per serving? Can it be refrigerated/frozen or am I better off halving the recipe?

    Sorry for all the questions! It sounds delicious and I’d love to start drinking green smoothies for breakfast.

    Thank you!
    ~Sunnie

    • It makes 2 big servings or 4 small. I wouldn’t refrigerate any leftovers, it’s really best fresh. You’re better off halving the recipe. Honestly, though, I sometimes drink both large servings myself. Studies on green smoothies suggest you get the most benefit by drinking an entire quart. The days I drink a lot are the days I feel the best. Good luck!

  8. Yum, looks delicious! I’m interested in how you decided on the BlendTec over Vitamix blender? I’ve been hemming and hawing about upgrading my cheap blender for years now but always thought Vitamix was the gold standard. Is BlendTec better/cheaper/generally more awesome?

    • Lea, I did some research before I purchased my Blendtec. It looked like reviews and prices were comparable between the two. What I ended up basing my decision on was two things; first, the Blentec is smaller than the Vitamix. It looks like the Vitamix is big enough that it might not fit on my counter without hitting the cabinet above it. And second, the Blendtec was available at Costco for a much better price than I could find it anywhere else. (To be fair, I’ve seen the Vitamix at Costco too, I think they vary which brand they carry.) As far as I can tell, both of them are fantastic machines. I hope that helps!

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