I consider myself a smoothie expert…I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love juicing and I do it all the time. But there’s just something about an ice cold, sweet smoothie. I deal in fruit smoothies, green smoothies, milky smoothies and juicy ones – I do not discriminate.
What appeals to me about smoothies is that I’m able to pack as many nutrient rich ingredients into it as possible, and the nature of those ingredients lends itself well to my ever changing moods. Since I began juicing and making smoothies, I’ve come up with countless combinations with a new variation dawning with each new day!
But a “green” smoothie? Yes!
Initially I found “green” smoothies a scary endeavor, as the thought of a vegetable smoothie would probably put anyone off a bit. And then I got my hands on some recipes and discovered that the key to any green smoothie worth its salt is a fruity insertion.
You’ll notice that most green smoothie recipes have green apple or pear, as they serve to sweeten the smoothie and offset some of that veggie flavor. The day that I discovered this was the day that everything changed. Green smoothies were no longer this frighteningly flavored pursuit – they would become something that I actually look forward to everyday.
My first experiences with a green smoothie
The smoothie recipe below in particular is a wonderful mix of both fruits and “greenness”, with the green coming from the celery and the frozen spinach, and the fruit portion attributed to the frozen peaches and frozen blueberries.
The first time I ever made this, I blended it with water but it wasn’t as palatable as I would have liked. Making the substitution of fresh orange juice in place of water really elevated this smoothie to exactly what I was expecting it to be. The citrus punch from the orange juice enhances the sweetness of the peaches, and all of the frozen fruits and vegetables together make for the most perfect smoothie texture!
Celery, Peach, Spinach, Blueberry Smoothie
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- 2 small stalks celery
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup frozen spinach
- ½ cup fresh orange juice
In blender combine all ingredients and blend until completely smooth.