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Latest Obsession: Green Smoothies

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Latest Obsession: Green Smoothies, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Heading out to lunch this afternoon, my bike and I end up in the elevator with a coworker who’s also on his way out to lunch.

A: The elevator in my office building is the slowest one known to man.
B: At a towering 6 feet 8 inches, my coworker is the tallest man I know.
Both these facts add a couple extra grains of awkwardness to our forced elevator interaction.

Because he is polite, my coworker asks where I’m off to. I tell him I’m riding home to make a smoothie. He just stares back at me. Eventually he gives me the head nod and says, “Cool. Are you gonna put it on your bllllllllllog?” More politeness because what he really wanted to say was: Areyoufuckinginsane? Why would you bike home in the 90 degree Florida summer heat when there’s a Planet Smoothie right on the corner?

To which I simply replied, “Cause it’s a realllly good smoothie. And YES! It’s definitely going on the blog!”

As I pedal off, I realized that I am officially obsessed with this green smoothie. Why else would I be biking home in the 90 degree Florida summer heat for the third time this week?

I get on kicks. Right now I’m on a green smoothie kick setoff by my veggie cleanse last month and then reinforced by Katie’s green smoothie post a couple weeks ago.

I’ve been doing them with parsley, spinach, ginger root, apple and soy milk and 2 other fruits depending on what I have around (either peaches, strawberries, bananas, mango, blueberries). I leave all the edible skin on the fruits for the fiber and great texture.

green-smoothie-process

The parsley and ginger make it SO refreshing and I like the idea of cramming all that raw spinach into a glass (keeps you full for a while). I think the ginger counteracts the vegetal flavor cause you mostly taste the fruit. I don’t know, there’s probably no way for me to make a spinach smoothie sound or look delicious (either you’re on board or you’re repulsed right now). Please trust me and try it! Even if you think you already know how it’ll taste, try it anyway!

green-smoothie-jar

Can you imagine my coworker’s reaction if I had told him it was a spinach smoothie I was riding home for? HA! Next time.

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Recipe

Prep time: 3 minutes! Parsley and ginger help subdue the green vegetal flavor so I wouldn’t recommend leaving those out. I also think apple is a must, but experiment away with any other additional fruits.

You need:

  • 2 big handfuls of fresh, raw spinach
  • 1/2 apple of choice
  • A few parsley sprigs
  • About 1/4 inch ginger root
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 2-4 strawberries depending on size
  • 1/2 a banana
  • *optional* 1/2 a peach (some blue berries or mango are also good as a sub)

Directions

  1. Wash and cut fruit. Leave skin on apple and any other fruit with edible skin. Mince ginger. Add fruit and ginger to blender with spinach, parsley and soy milk. Blend a few seconds before adding ice cubes. Add ice cubes and blend until good consistency. Add a little extra water or soy milk if necessary.

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41 Comments

  1. Posted July 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    We just got a new high speed blender and Ive been making green smoothies every day! They are so refreshing and after one sip I feel energized and full of living nutrients. One of my favorite combos is kale, banana, pineapple and mint. Yummy! I will have to try your recipe too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Alexandra
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    This look delicious and refreshing. I’m always afraid of parsley – that it will be too overwhelming. I will try it out this weekend.

    And out of curiosity – what kind of veggie cleanse did you do? Would you mind emailing me about it if you have a moment?

  3. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    Hi! I know what you mean about the parsley, but it’s not too much in the smoothie at all. Do try.
    I didn’t do any specific kind of veggie cleanse…or follow any rules. I know there are a lot of charted out cleanses out there, but I just ate all fruits and veggies and a lot of juices and soups for a week. No refined sugars or grains either. No dairy. No meats. A lot of raw veggies too. Please email me with any questions – happy to help or trade stories!

  4. Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    OK! I’m making this tonight…however I have everything except soy milk..regular milk or oj?

  5. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    well, if you’re not using any really acidic fruits (like pineapple or orange), I’d probably go for milk cause i like the creaminess! But, I’m SURE OJ would be good too (I’ve also done this with lemon juice and water instead of soy and it’s totally nice).

  6. M
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been sneaking spinach into my son’s daily smoothies for months now, and he’s never been the wiser. Actually, it enhances the flavors of the fruit in the smoothie if you ask me, giving it a more earthy, hearty flavor. I LOVE it! And so does he! He’s only 16 months old and he drinks it down like candy! And today I realized a bit late that I was out of spinach, so what did he get in his smoothie? KALE! YUM!

  7. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    Slick move, mama!

  8. Posted July 8, 2010 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    Hi -I am exactly the same with green smoothies- absolutely obsessed and I can understand the riding home in the heat thing! I printed some gs info cards to give people who said What’s that? (usually in horror at the colour…and then again when I tell them what was in it eg greens!) I then started a gs blog dailygreenbar.blogspot.com

    What sort of fruit skins do you use in your green smoothies? Jane

  9. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 7:19 PM | Permalink

    Oh wow, great inspiration for MORE green smoothies on your blog! I think the one with cereal looks delish…well, I guess it doesn’t necessarily “look” that delish but I i can imagine it us ;) thanks for sharing.
    Fruit skins: I just don’t peel fruits with edible skins like apples, peaches, grapes, even kiwi is good. I love the texture it adds. You just have to be sure to wash really well and get all those stupid stickers off.

  10. Posted July 8, 2010 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

    I am so with you on this! I had my first last summer and every once in awhile go on a green smoothie kick, especially once the weather heats up.

  11. Posted July 8, 2010 at 8:38 PM | Permalink

    amazing! we just ordered a juicer and will start a cleanse in the next two weeks. after reading so many books~! i cant wait. love the smoothie post!

  12. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    Awesome! Let me know how it goes. You must try the avocado, broc, arugula soup! Really filling…in a good way.

  13. Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    Yum! I’ve been curious about green smoothies for a while now, after reading about them on another blog I follow… I might give this recipe a try over the weekend.

    So much yummy goodness! I can’t wait. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

    This looks super yummy. I’m just getting into smoothies for me and my toddler so I will give this a try….just minus the soy milk(not a fan of it’s estrogenic qualities). I assume I can use anything else? Rice Milk? Goats Milks? Almond Milk?

  15. gabi
    Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

    oh yes, any of those would work fine. enjoy!

  16. Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    I love your website, I have to share this with my “fans” on Everything Mom and Baby’s Facebook page :)

  17. Posted July 9, 2010 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    I’ve done green smoothies before and just love them. The idea of adding ginger sounds nice, and I may have to try that out. With spinach being so inexpensive at the markets these days, it doesn’t take much to have enough on hand for a delicious glass.

  18. Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    Not that the bike ride isn’t also good for you, but have you thought of packing a ‘Magic Bullet’ in your work bag and whipping one up at the office? You know, in case it rains or something?

  19. gabi
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

    Don’t have the bullet, but I did actually consider bringing my immersion blender to work…maybe I should. Oh boy, I can just imagine the looks I’d get as everyone else comes in and out to zap their microwaveable pasta dishes!

  20. Posted July 9, 2010 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    Pfftttt…. come on, Gabrielle, you *pedal bikes and peddle smoothies. And yes, critiquing you is how I entertained myself after 48+ hours on my couch. Deal with it.

  21. gabi
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    grrrrrrrrrr. Oh, Kathryn. What would I do without you?

  22. Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

    mmmm, that looks so good

  23. Posted July 10, 2010 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Looks awesome! I’ve taken to putting cucumber in my smoothies along with black cherries, but I will definitely stuff some spinach in there now.

  24. gabi
    Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    THAT sounds awesome!

  25. Fay
    Posted July 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    Definitely on board for this one. I want one right now.

  26. Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing! I have made some pretty foul green smoothie concoctions in the past, both from “let’s toss this in there!” and actual shared recipes. My husband won’t entertain one, and I usually just resort to sneaking in some supergreenfood powder.

    What about collards? Too strong? I’ve got collards this week, no spinach :(

  27. gabi
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    I’ve tried kale, but never collards. The kale is pretty good, but the texture is much tougher than spinach or broccoli and it doesn’t seem to incorporate as well. Collards might be similar?

  28. kimiko
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for yet another amazing recipe – i am now completely obsessed!!

  29. Posted July 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never found a green smoothie recipe I liked, but the ginger and peach made me want to give this a go. It’s AMAZING! Thank you so much!

  30. Posted July 16, 2010 at 9:48 AM | Permalink

    p.s. I left out the ice and used frozen strawberries, banana, and peach instead. For liquid, I used vanilla soy milk. And as Gabi said, do NOT skip the ginger and parsley! I know it’s tempting, but they’re crucial for cutting that ‘green’ taste.

  31. Posted July 20, 2010 at 9:47 PM | Permalink

    This inspires me! Now that Wren happily and heartily drinks from a straw and keeps stealing my smoothies, I’m going to start making them GREEN. Sounds lovely!

  32. Emmy Collins
    Posted July 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    Love your Web site. Colorful; interesting angles for your photographs. Love how your voice comes through in your posts.

    I just printed the green smoothie recipe and am making my shopping list.

  33. gabi
    Posted July 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    AW, thanks Emmy! I think you’ll love this. Always nice to see you and thanks for your comment.

  34. johanna
    Posted July 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    i have been a green smoothie addict for about 3 years now! i substitute banana and water for any type of milk. that way the smoothie remains vegan and phyto-estrogen free! but still creamy! p.s. ignore everyone’s comments about having watched too much “popeye the sailorman” when you were younger, they have no idea what they are missing! yummy!

  35. Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    thanks for this recipe! i’ve been loving a green smoothie recipe of my own lately. I’ve not tried ginger, but the honey I add to mine seems to take the green-y bite out of the spinach.

    and i’ve not thought to try parsley—it will be next!

    maybe elevator co-worker guy will read your blog, try the recipe and become a believer.

  36. gabi
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    Parsley it up.
    Ha – no such luck for elevator guy. He likes the leftover meatloaf his wife packs him for lunch way too much ;)

  37. Posted September 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

    i think my mouth fell open when i saw the ingredient list. it’s something new all right! although if it is refreshing and beats the heat, it’s cool in my books (no pun intended. it is 30C today but i dont believe it. feels like 40C and something at the weather station is broken)

  38. Posted November 3, 2010 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    Good comments here!

    I have hated vegetables since I was a baby. The only ones to this day that I like are corn are peas… and I say “like” very generously. Having taken a multivitamin daily for years, I started researching other ways to get nutrients from sources other than a tiny pill that may or may not count for much, and by having to force down green leafy veggies.

    I didn’t even know what spinach looked like at the store when I decided to try making a green smoothie. I had to read all the labels on the produce to know what I was even picking up, but I came home with spinach, broccoli, carrots, granny smith apples, bananas, strawberries, and mandarins. That was 2 weeks ago and having 2x green smoothies daily I’ve never felt better about what I’m eating and better feeling overall.

    My favorite so far:
    - a handful of spinach
    - 1-2 cut apples (granny smiths give it a sour kick that I like better than regular red apples)
    - 1 sliced banana
    - 2-3 chopped baby carrots
    - 1-2 little pieces of broccoli (too much here makes a funky texture)
    - 1-2 mandarin oranges
    - a spoonful of ground flaxseed
    - a little cold water
    - 4-5 ice cubes (found to be the most important ingredient for a cold refreshing mix)

    It comes out as a crazy green color, but it’s delicious! Tastes like apple/banana/orange and nothing more, and it beats any Jamba Juice or whatever $8 garbage. I’m obsessed with these now, mixing up berries to sub things so I don’t get sick of one thing or another. Glad I found your site, never thought of parsley but will try it out tonight! Thanks!

  39. gabi
    Posted November 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, Max! No veggies? I can hardly believe it! So glad to hear that you’ve turned the corner now and are enjoying your greens (spinach and broccoli of all things too!) You will certainly feel better. Eating them in a cold and delicious sweet smoothie is step one, cooking them will have to be step two. Let me know how you’re doing in a couple months…I’ll be curious to know :)

  40. Kelly
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    This was fabulous! Thanks for turning me on to the green smoothie goodness.

  41. Posted April 20, 2011 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

    I have been in a bit of a smoothie rut, and when I saw your avocado smoothie yesterday I was pretty excited. I then saw your link back to this post. I made this one at breakfast time this morning, and my boyfriend said it was one of the best smoothies he’d ever had! It was amazing and I have been on the fence about the whole green smoothie. Delicious! I can’t wait to try the avocado one as well.

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