By now, I hope my blog expresses my belief that food should taste great and make you feel good. I insist that my recipes meet those qualifications. I’m not the type to stomach a shot of nasty wheatgrass just because it’s nutritious. Why should I let something that doesn’t taste good pass my lips when there are so many delicious, healthy options around?
I took a chance with this smoothie when I found it on Whole Family Fare. I’m not big on smoothies—they always leave me craving a crunchy snack—but I was in the mood for a detoxifying, guilt-free treat. Plus, Megan said it’s the most delicious combination ever. I was intrigued.
I downsized Megan’s recipe, made a few adjustments including the addition of orange juice, and ended up with a green concoction that I crave day and night. Case in point: I drank the smoothie in the top photo as part of a late dinner, and the smoothie in the bottom photo the very next day with breakfast.
I call it the Green Machine. Just cause.
- 1 granny smith apple (preferably organic), cut into big pieces or one pear
- 2 cups of kale (pull leaves from two stalks to make two cups) or 2 cups spinach
- 1 lime (juiced or remove the seeds and add the flesh, too) or one lemon
- 1 small handful of cilantro (pull the leaves from the stalks)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons ginger (mine came from a jar but you can grate fresh ginger instead)
- 1/3 cup chopped frozen banana (entirely optional, add if you want a more creamy texture)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.
- Yields about 12 ounces, so it makes one large smoothie or two small.
The combination of citrus, cilantro and ginger gives this smoothie a refreshing zing. Based on rough calculations, the smoothie comes in at about 200 calories, with 11 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, over 700% of the Vitamin A and 260% of the Vitamin C you need for a day, and a long list of other vitamins.
Soon after becoming a green machine addict, recipes for green smoothies started popping up all over the place. It seems like all my favorite food bloggers are falling for detoxifying miracle juice this spring. Michelle of Une-Deux Senses makes hers with spinach, bosc pear, orange juice and honey. Taylor of Sterling Style loves Joy the Baker‘s version with kale and spinach, pear, frozen banana and almond milk, which was inspired by Shutterbean. If that’s not enough, here’s an entire book full of green smoothies.
How do you feel about green smoothies? Repulsed? Cautious? Addicted? Do tell!