In honour of St Patrick's Day, this smoothie is cool and creamy with a lovely head on it just like a Guinness, only its green and taste rather unlike beer!
1.5 cups of almond milk
2 large, frozen bananas, sliced
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 big handfuls of spinach
Blend for 90 secs on speed 9 and serve immediately for two
To make almond milk
Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight in filtered or spring water with 1/4 tsp salt
Drain and rinse the almonds well
Blend almonds with 4.5 cups of water for 1 minute
Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag
Makes enough milk for 3 litres of smoothie, using 1.5 cups per recipe
Refrigerate and use use within 3 days
(Reader Q) Hi Kristine, I am new to green smoothies and have just bought your book. I have been advised to have a daily smoothie with broccoli, kale, cabbage and cucumber for hormonal support (I am 51). I am concerned and confused after reading your chapter describing toxins and the need to rotate greens. Do you have any advice as to how regularly I can have these ingredients? I am already feeling better and would like to get into smoothies in a big way, but now a bit scared. Would love your advice
Great question! It would be more of an issue if you only used kale for instance, as the build-up of secondary metabolites may become problematic. Your Dr has listed 5 to take which is reasonable variety but what I would suggest is that you don't use the exact mix daily. Vary your combinations from just using one to some of them to all at once and add
If you are feeling a bit under the weather after the silly season, try this smoothie to help kick-start your health for 2014.
Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 which is helpful for nausea
Eggs provide healthy fats and protein to help regulate blood sugar in partnership with cinnamon
Ccacao (raw) or cocoa (roasted/more processed) provide magnesium and a good pick me up with its mildly stimulating properties
Coconut water is rich in electrolytes for rehydration.
Reproduced from my guest post at www.spiritstate.com.au
I was having a discussion not long ago about smoothie drinking in winter, given many people like their smoothies cold, even icy cold - which isn't that comforting on a frosty cold morning! It was suggested to use the thermomix to warm the smoothie up a bit to combat the cold aspect. This can be done to 37 degrees and hence not affecting the enzymes, but I can tell you a warm smoothie is not very pleasant - I know this from trying it, and from previous blenders that warmed smoothies up due to their friction based mechanisms.
Mint - my favourite green smoothie green!
Realised I have been a tad slack with my green smoothie posts lately - probably because I have been a busy beaver writing my next green smoothie book called 'Green Smoothies For Every Season'. Writing is done, editing next and it should be out in 2-3 months. Yay!
Eating and drinking seasonally is a subject close to my heart, so for the next year I will be focused on the seasons in my green smoothies posts. Coming soon is a post on autumn for those in my hemisphere and Spring for those in the north.
In Australia, where I am from, cherries are ripe in time for Christmas which is so special. Snow for a white Christmas or sun and cherries?….you decide!
Cherry Christmas Green Smoothie
1 cup of frozen or fresh pitted cherries
(or blueberries if you can't get cherries)
1.5 of cups of coconut water
A big handful of greens
So far we are having a very wet, cold and dreary winter in Southern Australia. I know my friends and family in the UK are having similar weather and its supposed to be summer!
This smoothie is very warming and not for the faint hearted! I love it but my hubby finds a bit too hot. You can always reduce the ginger and cardamom in this instance.
2 bananas, halved
2 pears, cored and quartered
1.5 cups of water and 1-2 Tbs of hemp or sunflower seeds, or 1.5 cups of almond milk
2-3cm piece of ginger, halved
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 handfuls of leafy greens - amount as tolerated
Blend for 1-2 minutes and serve for two
Given the variation of produce around the world and the huge number of green smoothie recipes available, in my book 'The Green Smoothie Bible', I have arranged all of the recipes into categories.
For those passionate about eating with the seasons, there are chapters for spring, summer, autumn, and winter. There are recipes for green smoothies for children, recipes for superfood fans, for those with specific concerns like weight loss or cardiovascular health, and many more.
Here are a few guidelines for my green smoothie recipes:
Fragrant Chai spices
This smoothie is rather lush, feels almost naughty to drink and somewhat reminiscent of a mango lassi, quite possibly the oldest smoothie in the world!
1 cup frozen cubes of mango
1.5 cups fresh almond milk
mild green such as baby bok choy, or wombok cabbage
1 heaped tsp of chai spice mix
Blend for 1-2 mins and serve for two
For the chai spices they need to be pure spices not a mix of spices and sugar/milk powder. Here is my recipe:
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground star anise
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Mix and store in a glass jar. Whole spices (except ginger) can be used
as well. Use equivalent amounts whole spices and grind in a mortar and
pestle or spice grinder
Today I felt like a less filling drink for my first meal because I slept in (lucky me!) and didn't want to eat lunch too late.
In my book I describe 10 blended green juice recipes, and today my choice was a base of orange juice with my algae powders that I am very into right now!
3 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp AFA algae flakes
2 tsp InLiven Probiotic (contains spirulina)
big handful of spinach
handful of mint leaves
Blend for about a minute and serve for two
That's what you will find here! Smoothies recipes, nutrition and handy smoothie making hints.