Saturday, July 2, 2011

Basic Green Smoothie (Green Smoothie Girl)

Makes 8 cups of 100% raw smoothie.

Put 2 1/2 cups filtered water in your turbo blender (a regular blender will work ok--just blend longer).

Optionally, add:
¼ whole lemon, including peel (anti-skin cancer, high in flavanoids)
2-3 Tbsp. fresh, refrigerated flax oil (omega-3 rich oil)
½ tsp. stevia (herbal sweetener) or ¼ c raw, organic agave

Gradually add greens until, briefly pureed, the mixture comes up the 5-cup line (or less if you are “converting”):
¾-1 lb. raw, washed greens, added up to 5 ½ cup line (after blended): spinach, chard, kale, collards
Puree greens mixture for 90 seconds until very smooth.

Gradually add fruit until the container is very full, blend 90 seconds or until smooth:
1-2 bananas
1-2 cups frozen mixed berries
any other fruit to taste: pears, peaches, apples, oranges, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple

Make a full blender and you’ll have some to drink, and some to share.

Tips:  For beginners and those trying to convert children, consider using LESS greens and MORE fruit (especially berries and bananas) in the beginning, gradually working up to a 50/50 ratio as described here.  With kids, consider using only spinach the first few days, then sneak in chard, collards, and kale, the other mild but excellent greens gradually.  Add other savory or bitter greens only when your family are “experts” in green smoothies!  Add a bit more water if you feel the smoothie is too thick.

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