Of Girlfriends and Green Smoothies Pt 2: My Fav Five
Below you will find my five favorite smoothie recipes. A good rule of thumb is about 3 to 4 big leaves of a thick green (i.e. kale, collards, swiss chard), a small bunch of cilantro or parsley, or a big handful of spinach for each piece of fruit. Add some water and ice, blend to taste. If you want to get fancy you can add juice, milk, yogurt, peanut butter or spices (i.e. cinnamon, vanilla). These are technically designed for high-powered blenders like VitaMix or Blendtec, but if you have a decent powered smoothie maker or blender you could always blend it, scrape down the edges a few times and then strain it…or enjoy a few little bits of pulp 🙂 Try some out and tweak it as you like!
These are my Fav Five, in no particular order:
1) Cilantro and Grapefruit (just peel with a zester, you can leave the pith on)
2) Kale and Pear
3) Parsley and Apple
4) Spinach, Banana and Handful of Berries
5) Apple, Carrot, Orange and a small piece of Ginger
And a sixth…Swiss Chard and darn near anything…for some reason swiss chard gets frothy and foamy so it’s almost like a green smoothie float!
By the way, if you leave the smoothie on the counter (or fridge) for more than about 5 minutes, it will start to separate. Do not be alarmed, this is totally natural…just stir with a spoon and you are good to go. Bon appetit!