green smoothies

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Wow, I just had the best weekend of my life.  H’s henna party and wedding were amazing and I absolutely loved spending days and nights in the company of my best friends.  We danced, we ran, we feasted, we dressed up, we did our hair, and occasionally we slept… it was perfect.  I can’t believe fate brought us all together.

Soon I will post some pictures of our exotic outfits and the big crazy grins that everyone had, but first, here’s an overdue mini-post about green smoothies.

Green smoothies are undeniably delicious and nutritious. Just look at that brilliant color!  🙂  The problem is that many people dislike the herbaceous taste of veggies and want to conceal it, but aren’t sure how to do so without adding a ton of calories and sugar.

Enter this indispensable website:

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Simple Green Smoothies is the prettiest and most user-friendly recipe guide I’ve ever seen. Simply click the artful photo of ingredients to discover a simple yet tantalizing recipe.  You won’t find needless gluten or dairy here, stevia, or other unnecessary sweeteners; you’ll find the kinds of smoothies you could make right now with a few basic items from your pantry and fridge. All of them are nourishing, and most are paleo.

I am obsessed with the PB&J one and frequently make it as a well-balanced breakfast.  One of my friends highly recommends the coconut pina colada-style smoothie.  However, because I am one of those odd folks who actually likes a green veggie flavor, I’ve also been making some ultra-green concoctions inspired by Simple Green Smoothies. Prior to finding this site I had never tried cilantro, parsley, or cucumber in a smoothie, and now I regularly play with them all with great success.

I don’t have any set recipes to share yet, as the whole point has been to toss handfuls of whatever fruits and greens I have lying around in my blender without really planning.  However, I have learned a few things:

  • A dollop of coconut oil will give your smoothie a silky texture and fuel you further.  Don’t overdo this dose of fat, but don’t fear it either.  You need fats and proteins to fuel you!
  • Half a frozen banana = instant creaminess. Don’t use a full one unless you want it very sweet.
  • Green smoothies with raw kale in them can develop a slightly chunky texture. Try using frozen kale or spinach and adding it first so that it has a bit of time to steep in whatever liquid you’ve added, or if you use raw kale, add coconut oil/more liquid than usual and blend for a longer time.
  • An inch of fresh ginger and/or a generous squeezing of lime juice really bring a green smoothie alive. I use both almost every time. 🙂
  • As a rule of thumb, green fruits (kiwi, green grapes, green apples) harmonize beautifully with green veggies and produce a vibrant color (see above.)  However, it’s worth experimenting with other kinds of fruits as well, even though the resulting smoothie is likely to turn out a dubious shade of brown.
  • Finally, don’t forget to get creative with your liquid. In addition to water and almond milk I like to play around with coconut water (fantastic for rehydration), coconut milk (canned or Silk style), aloe juice, and fruit juice.  Kefir is also a great tart dairy addition for those folks who like it. Just be careful if you use fruit juice, as you can inadvertently hijack the flavor and add a ton of sugar to your drink. Try water with a dash of orange juice first and get crazy from there.

Hope this inspired you! Please let me know if you try any more of the SGS recipes or come up with an awesome combination of your own.

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