Conscious Food Choices

For the love of delicious healthy food…

Super Green Smoothies

It was a revelation to me that you could throw a bunch of greens in the blender and have it turn into a refreshing drink that is completely delicious and satisfying. (Really! You have to experience it to believe it.) Sarma Melngailis has dedicated a whole section to her love of greens in Living Raw Food with some fantastic green blender drink recipes which is really inspiring. The best thing is you can do all of this in a Vitamix which is much easier to clean than a juicer.

You can play with this with whatever greens you have on hand, and the base I usually start with is the grapefruit, lime and agave to sweeten.

Serves 2

  • 1 grapefruit, in chunks, with peel cut off
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 whole bunch fresh cilantro, washed well, but stems and all!
  • 1 bunch of any greens, washed well, any tough stems removed.
  • 4-5  ice cubes
  • 1 lime (or lemon) in small chunks, with peel cut off
  • 1/4 c agave, or to taste

The only trick to this is the order you put things into the blender – make sure you put the juicy stuff in first (graperfruit, cucumbers) so you get a liquid going before you start adding the greens. Then, bunch by bunch, just stuff all those greens in and blend up until its all completely smooth. Add a little water if you need to. Add ice cubes as you go to keep it nice and cool, and finish with the agave and lime. These are the key ingredients that make this all taste so good – don’t be afraid to make this fairly sweet. You will be surprised at how refreshing and addictive this is.

Play with this recipe!

  • The grapefruit can be substituted with oranges, tangerines, pineapple etc
  • The cilantro can be replaced or mixed with parsley
  • Experiment with using combination of lettuce or fresh sunflower sprouts with the greens
  • The cucumber is really refreshing but not necessary – in NY in the winter I usually don’t have these laying around so I just add more water/ice.
  • For a lower carb version, 2 pkts of stevia can be substituted, or try a combo…
  • Try fresh coconut water instead!

January 17, 2010 - Posted by | Beverages, Raw Food Recipes, Recipes, Vegan Recipes |

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