Smoothies can be made in a rainbow of colors and cause nutritional glitter to course wildly through your body.
Ever made a green smoothie that was mostly veggies? Not sure if you can choke one down? Ne'er fret. I have smoothie recipes to help you dip your toe in until you can't imagine life without them. They are also an amazing way to get more veggies into your kids.
Your smoothies will be smoother if you have a great blender and it makes prepping the veggies easier because you don't have to chop too much. If your blender struggles, chop everything up into smaller pieces.
Let's start with the basics.
This recipe makes 5 cups, enough for two people or for you to have two servings. Ideally, you should make a fresh smoothie daily—or at least every other day. Once veggies are crushed they start to lose their nutrients and vitality.
The basic green smoothie is not sweet. You can increase the sweetness by substituting the apple with either half a banana or 1 cup of frozen pineapple or mango. This recipe is also not an exact science! Experiment!
If you're making this for someone who won't drink anything resembling mud, omit the kale and just use fresh greens such as spinach and lettuce. The really dark greens will make your smoothie murky (but still delicious).
Basic green smoothie recipe
2 cups (500 ml.) water
2 cups fresh, light-green leaves such as romaine lettuce (about two large handfuls)
1 cup of dark greens such as kale or spinach (can be frozen)
½ peeled cucumber, sliced (about 1 cup)
1 green apple, peeled, seeded, and sliced (about 1 cup)
1 cup celery, roughly chopped (two stalks)
1/8–1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)
1. Blend the water and all greens together until creamy.
2. Add the cucumber, apple, celery, and lemon. Blend again to a smooth consistency.
Voila. A salad in a glass.