The word “smoothie” usually conjures up images of saccharine yogurt-and-berry concoctions from the mall food court (if you’re a teenager) or nutrient-packed green things with lots of frozen fruit to mask the taste of kale (if you’re a reader of this blog). Either way, when we think smoothie, we think sweet. But maybe it’s time to rethink all the latent possibilities of the green smoothie. After all, who says they need to contain sugar, even if it’s natural fruit sugars? Sure, the idea of frozen or blended vegetables sounds a little odd at first glance, but think of these savory green smoothies as a sort of thick gazpacho. Not so weird, right?
Why would you ever want to experiment with savory green smoothies? Well, maybe you’re trying to stick to low-glycemic foods, and fruit sugars make your blood sugar skyrocket. Maybe you want to retrain your tastebuds to crave less sugar. Maybe you’re just a savory-food kind of foodie. Maybe you’re bored with your AM banana-berry-kale mixture, and want to spice it up (pun intended). Whatever your reasoning, savory green smoothies are a great way of getting maximum veggie nutrients in your diet: every sip is 100% vegetable. Unless tomatoes and avocados are fruits? This is getting complicated. Let’s move on to the recipes.
Simple Gazpacho-esque Green Smoothie
large handful of spinach
This recipe is honestly just a thick, flavorful gazpacho. Simply blend all the vegetables together and serve. If you want to make it more smoothie-esque and/or if the vegetable flavor is too strong, add a handful of ice.
Spicy Green Smoothie (adapted from Pure2Raw)
1/2 bunch greens (kale, collard, swiss chard)
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 jalapeno pepper
Blend all the vegetables, adding water until it achieves a creamy texture. Adjust the jalapeno according to your own heat tolerance.
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