Berry-Banana (Green) Smoothie

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This the first “green” smoothie I ever made. Before I heard about green smoothies, I used to make smoothies with no greens, milk instead of coconut or almond milk, and even a little bit of sweetener. (Never artificial though!). Then I discovered the art of The Green Smoothie and I’ll never go back. I have to say, that old style smoothy now seems a little bit gross to me. Way too sweet and not enough nutritional bang for the buck.

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If you’ve never tried a green smoothie, this is a great one to start with. For a sweeter smoothie, don’t use all frozen fruits. Fruit has a lot more flavor when it’s not frozen. (Plus, if you use only frozen ingredients it will all just turn into one big frozen fruit salad and nothing will budge in your blender. Even the expensive ones. It’s not pretty. So use some fresh fruit.)

As with many smoothies, these ingredients and amounts are flexible. It’s a starting point. If you don’t have blueberries just add more strawberries. If you don’t have coconut milk, use almond milk. Just make it your own and enjoy drinking your veggies!

Tip for  making those greens go undetected: If you don’t have a Vitamix, start your green smoothie with just the liquid and the greens. Blend until the greens are completely undetectable (except for the color of course) then add the other ingredients. You’ll get a smoother smoothie that way.

Once you add the other ingredients, If everything comes to a standstill in your blender, you need to stop it and move things around a bit. You may need to add more liquid; either more milk, some water, or even more yogurt. I sometimes add a little bit of grape juice (1/4 cup or so)  just to loosen it up a bit and to brighten up the flavors as well.
It’s not a science or an art. It’s just a smoothie. One I hope you’ll thoroughly enjoy!

Berry-Banana (Green) Smoothie
 
 
Sweet & Creamy; a nice way to get your fruits & veggies
Ingredients
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 handful fresh kale
  • ⅓ cup blueberries
  • ½-1 whole banana
  • 5 whole strawberries
  • ½ cup unsweetened yogurt
  • ½-3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 TBSP walnuts
  • Pinch salt (really)
Instructions
  1. Put greens and milk in blender and blend until liquid. Add other ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. See post for further tips.

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