14 October 2011

tgif green smoothie

Giving the ol' green smoothie another try today. A different recipe than the one I tried during Whole Living Action Plan 28-Day Challenge. I've been reading about green smoothies and green juice and have been dipping my toe into that world a handful of spinach at a time. This was the first smoothie that I didn't add a pound of frozen berries to, although it does still have fruit in it. It's not bad. I wish I had used a frozen banana to get a colder drink, because at room temperature it's not great. I tossed a few ice cubes in and let it sit in the freezer for a few minutes. The colder you can get this smoothie, the better. Consistency was good and because I blended it for about 3 hours, most of the leafy greens were chopped up small enough not to notice them. The flavor was good too, although next time I might sweeten it up a bit with stevia, honey or maple syrup.

TGIF Green Smoothie
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 small apple, cored and cut into small pieces
  • handful of fresh spinach, torn into pieces
  • almond or soy milk

Blend it up. Drink. Wonder what your life has become now that you drink green smoothies in the morning. Decide you will raid your office's Halloween candy bowl later to make up for such a healthy habit. I'm reading a lot more about amping up my smoothies and making fresh fruit and veggie juice, so expect to see some weird concoctions 'round these parts.

Are you a green smoothie drinker? Green juice? It's been tough for me to try to switch the ratio in my smoothies from mostly fruit and sweet delicious things to... green vegetables. The thought of juicing green vegetables and then drinking that juice... well, I'm just not there yet. Let me know if you are, and we can talk about whether or not you are a genius or insane.


  1. We used to be HUGE juicers and drink the "Green Juice" that was pretty much all veggies! It takes some time to get used to, but kids love it and it is so good for you! The antioxidents, vitamins and wholesomeness of it all :-)
    Happy Friday Friend,

  2. In my opinion, raw leafy greens blended in a smoothie aren't worth the risk. These things have sickened and killed children in the past as a result of E. coli contamination.


    E. coli can exist on organic produce as well as conventionally grown versions. It can be found on vegetables grown on both small or large farms. Eating local and organic isn't a good strategy to avoid E. coli.

    Not that I'm saying to avoid dark leafy greens. That's going too far. But I always cook my spinach.

    I like eating vegetables as vegetables. For a while out in California, I played around with wheatgrass shots. They were fun, and kind of badass.

    But I'm a big proponent for drinking water.

  3. Hmm, I'd rather take my chances with uncooked leafy greens and reduce my consumption of meat (or dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc.) which, in my opinion, is much riskier and potentially harmful to health. Raw spinach is the main ingredient in most of my salads and I don't think it's going away anytime soon :) Viva la green smoothie!

  4. Life is not without its risks. I take food risks all the time. If the benefits of raw spinach are worth the potential consequences to you, so be it.

    But we did not talk about oxalic acid, which is present in raw spinach. And if you haven't considered it in your analysis, perhaps you should.

    I included a bit about it in a post from a while back.



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