Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mean Green Smoothie

Once in awhile, I eat vegetables. I know, I know, you're probably shocked. I actually love vegetables and make a lot of green breakfast smoothies. They help offset whatever treats I'll surely sample a ton of while I am baking...but I digress.

Green juices and smoothies are all the rage lately, and while I certainly do not in any way encourage juice fasting, or smoothie fasting, or "cleansing", or whatever you call it, it's amazing how much better you can feel if you just incorporate green veggies into every meal (you were right, Mom!!). Lunch and dinner are pretty easy, but breakfast? No one is going to have a salad for breakfast, I assume. At least not whole. But you can certainly hide one in a fruity, filling, and delicious smoothie. 

And so, with that brief bit of Green Veggie Propoagada, I present my "recipe" for my favorite smoothie. I call this a "recipe" rather than a recipe because the following instructions are more of a guide or a suggested combination of ingredients than a proper recipe. Feel free to tweak it as you see fit; leave out the ginger if that's not your thing, or reduce the amount of greens you include. I admit, I pack my smoothies full of greens, typically because I am trying to use up odds and ends before they go bad. You can also add different flavors to your liking. For example, in the past, I've added yogurt, berries or other fruit (fresh or frozen), juice, and even cinnamon. But this combination is always my favorite.

What about you? Do you have a favorite smoothie combination, or did you tweak this in a way that turned out awesome? Please share! 


Mean Green Smoothie
Buttercream Fanatic (2013)

4 cup leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale), tightly packed
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
4 very ripe bananas
2-inch piece ginger root, skin removed

Put half of the greens in the blender, ensuring they are not too tightly packed, with the almond milk and lemon juice. Blend on the "liquify" setting until completely liquid (if it's not liquifying completely, try shaking the blender slightly, and if that doesn't work, add an additional 1/4 cup of almond milk or water). The mixture should be very runny, and you will be able to identify very small bits of greens in it.

Add the remaining greens and liquify. Then add the bananas, one at a time and blend until incorporated. Finally, add the ginger and blend for about 1 minute to ensure everything is thoroughly pureed and mixed. If it is too thick for your taste, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, and pulse to mix until it reaches your preferred consistency.

Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes approximately 4 portions.


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  1. I need to add more smoothies to my breakfast schedule, so thanks for this! :)

  2. Ashley - Baker by NatureAugust 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I love drinking my greens, and this smoothie looks mean and green for sure!

  3. Hi Nora! (: Healthy smoothie for breakfast is such a great idea! I usually like to make fruit smoothies (like blueberry or strawberry banana) rather than green smoothies, but either one sounds fantastic!

  4. You're welcome! I'm sure you'll have a million amazing ways to adapt it to whatever is fresh in your garden :)

  5. Hey Monica! This can be easily adapted to accommodate more or different fruit! You should experiment and let me know if there are any flavor combos that turn out especially great. I often add blueberries, but didn't here because - fair warning - the smoothie becomes brown (purple + green...). It tastes amazing though, so if you don't mind the color, that would be a wonderful addition, as would strawberries.

  6. Brandon from The Yummy BitsAugust 25, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    You had me at GINGER! It's one of my favorite ingredients. This recipe sounds great, thanks for sharing!

  7. I've actually - gasp - never had a green smoothie! I love that color would be enough to entice me to slurp this up!

  8. You can also strain to make it less pulpy and more juicy. I got a juicer though :) I tried a juice fast and it was kind of scary. I might sub a meal a day for a juice though...

  9. Brandon, you are a man after my own heart! I am a ginger-fanatic, so this smoothie is pretty ginger-heavy (and sometimes I even add more). I think you'll like it!

  10. Well, this is the perfect green smoothie to start with! :)

  11. Oh, great idea! I have been meaning to try that, but honestly I get to the smoothie stage and then wimp out because I don't want to do more dishes.

    I read your juice fast post and it sounded experience. Swapping out a meal for a decent juice/smoothie, especially breakfast on the go, is awesome. But juice/smoothies all day every day is too much for me!

  12. Monet@anecdotesandapples.comAugust 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I finally jumped on the green smoothie wagon last year. They are so good! Your blog is just lovely, and I'm very glad I paid it a visit tonight. Now to buy some kale!!

  13. Welcome, Monet! Both to the bandwagon and to the blog. I'm so glad you stopped by :) Enjoy your smoothie!


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