View Full Version : How do I make a green smoothie tasty and creamy?
12-28-2005, 02:30 PM
I want my dinner to be a nice green smoothie with some veggies and greens mixed in the blender but I'm wondering what to add to make it tasty and tolerable?
Here's what I plan to put into it at this time: Colorful peppers, kale, spinach, spring mix greens, tomatoes, carrots and water. I don't want it to end up like salsa or taste terrible! I'm going to try out this concoction next week after grocery shopping. What are your recommendations to make this a yummy and healthy dinner smoothie?
Thanks for all your suggestions!
12-28-2005, 02:31 PM
Also broccoli...adding that too.
12-28-2005, 02:37 PM
Most green smoothies are a combination of 60%fruit/40%greens. I make mine with ripe, sweet banana, and it makes it creamy.
Wow, that sounds like too many things in one smoothie. I would save the peppers, broccoli,spring mix and tomatoes for salad,salsa, chutney or soup.
Keep it simple using only or 3 ingredients or less. Try spinach,kales,chards etc. You want to be able to taste the flavors. I would juice the carrots they are awesome juiced alone !
My favorite is VB's classic green smoothie. In a blender add enough water to cover blades, handfull of ice then 2 ripe bananas, a head of dark Kale ( any variety) blend and enjoy !
12-28-2005, 09:06 PM
I start with one fruit - my favorites are pears and bananas - then add a bunch of greens, some agave, water and the creaminess factor and mouth appreciation are increased with either a half avocado or a spoonful of raw coconut oil. Yum!! Sometimes making the base out of almond milk or sesame milk is nice, too. Variety from smoothie to smoothie seems to be more important than including every veggie or fruit in one smoothie.
Your smoothie sounds wonderful. If the kale overpowers the fruit, consider adding half of an organic Meyer lemon to brighten the flavors and balance the kale.
12-28-2005, 10:30 PM
I do a simple banana, whole orange and ice smoothie with a little flaxseed oil then as much greens, usually baby spinach, as will fit in the blender. I also add frozen berries when i have them. I can never taste the greens
12-29-2005, 04:13 AM
If you mean what most of us in the raw world mean by green smoothie (a la Victoria Boutenko), you need fruit and greens rather than all those veggies.
If, however, you simply mean a smoothie that has a green color, well ... I'd 86 the red, yellow, and orange peppers, of course, and also toss out the tomatoes and carrot.
But, if you're simply going for a vegetable smoothie, by all means, keep it all in, though I would think it might have a rather muddled taste from so many different things -- rather like you threw a salad in the blender.
p.s. Give us an update since you've probably eaten (er ... drunk) it by now!! :D
12-29-2005, 11:48 PM
I start with a peeled orange, usually 1 banana, 1/2 to a whole lemon and a huge handful of greens, thrown in the blender. I then add water to either cover the fruit/green mixture or at least 3/4 of the mixture. Turn on the blender and enjoy.
Of course, I vary it this recipe, but I just usually use 2 pieces of fruit with whatever greens I have.
I love cilantro, arugula, spinach and kale.
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