green smoothie....sound crazy, it's actually really good. try this recipe and see what ya think :O) this is adapted from a smoothie recipe from my friend cherie. i just made this recipe for the first time this morning.....yummie!! i started making green smoothies last summer after i read the book "green for life" by victoria boutenko about putting more greens in your daily diet. i flunked out quickly when my ancient blender produced a very chunky version of what you see in the picture. yikes is right....that lasted 3 days. the right blender will make this smoothie a delight to have. read on....
3 - 4 cups of fresh spinach...somewhat compact in the cup
1 frozen banana or a ripe one will do....if ripe, use 4 ice cubes also
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple
2 T of honey or agave nectar.....agave nectar is sweet like honey but it doesn't have an aftertaste, just straight up sweetness
15 raw almonds....small handful-the amount that can easily fit in the palm of your hand
1 slice from a piece of fresh ginger, 1/8" thick....it's good without it, i didn't have any today so i skipped it
2 T ground flax seed
1/16 tsp. of cayenne pepper
1 cup of water
in a high power blender....i use a vitamix vitaprep 3 and have found the best results with that blender, it's an investment....but i use mine typically twice a day. it does way more that just function as a blender. with the high power of this blender i can make almond butter, chickpea flour & flax seed meal all out of the raw ingredients, you know the ingredients are much cheaper at the store then the premade product..............okay, enough with the vitamix infomercial........blend all of the ingredients until everything is completely pulverized. this smoothie is so refreshing, slightly sweet and with a bit of zing from the cayenne.
i am doing the 30 day green smoothie challenge. i vow to have a green smoothie of some sort for the next 30 days and see if i have any positive changes. today is day 6....i'll keep ya posted. go green!!