Greens Smoothies!

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I decided to go for a more light-hearted blog post today and share my recipe for greens smoothies.

I actually don’t know if it’s supposed to be “green” or “greens.” Either works, and I tend to switch back and forth between the two. “Greens” might be a little more appropriate, though, since I try to put enough berries in it that it no longer appears “green.”

At any rate, here’s what I put in my morning smoothie:

  1. 1 cup of liquid. I usually use either orange juice or rice milk.
  2. 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  3. 2 Tablespoons flax oil
  4. Greens. How much I use depends on the greens. I use 2 large chard leaves and stems, or 1/3 of a bunch of smallish lacinato kale, or 3 little bunch things of the “Chinese kale” we get at the Farmers Market. I rinse the greens and toss them stems and all in the Vitamix. Placed in there loosely, they generally fill up the container before they get squashed down by the other ingredients.
  5. Berries. Some combination of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, whatever I have in the fridge or freezer. I think I usually use about a cup.
  6. 1 Banana. I’ve used anywhere from no banana to 1.5 bananas depending on how many bananas my kids have eaten or have said they wanted to eat and then left them peeled and sitting on the table.
  7. 3 ice cubes, if I used fresh fruit. I like cold smoothies.
  8. Optional additions. I sometimes add soy lecithin or protein powder or other types of fruit or fresh mint. Or raw cacao powder and almond butter. Once I added a carrot and it tasted OK. 1-6 are my core ingredients, though.

Place all ingredients in the Vitamix and turn that puppy on high for about 30 seconds. If you don’t have a Vitamix, you might want to leave out the stems of the greens unless you like crunchy smoothies. This recipe makes more than 16 ozs.

Don’t be alarmed if the resulting mixture looks brown. Sometimes the green of the greens and the reds/purples of the berries combine to create a rather unappetizing color. You can either drink as-is or add a couple more berries to make it more reddish. Of course, if you’ve added cacao, it’s going to stay brown.

That’s how I like my smoothies. Do you have a greens smoothie recipe you love?

3 Replies to “Greens Smoothies!”

  1. Here’s my formula, ish.

    1 cup homemade raw cashew milk
    1 banana
    1 apple (mostly in the winter when other fruit is less plentiful)
    1 peach or a handful of berries or cut up melon, whatever’s around
    1 squeeze of agave nectar
    Enough torn swiss chard leaves to almost fill my vitamix

    I might start adding flax seed. Do you find that changes the flavor?


    1. I don’t find that the flax changes the flavor much, if at all, but it does change the texture. I don’t notice it as much when I’m using blackberries or raspberries, but I do when I use just strawberries. I use an apple from time to time, but I’m not keen on the texture it gives, and it also seems to make the smoothie thicken into more of a spoonable treat (maybe because of the pectin?).


      1. My smoothies do tend to be thick. I am going to try flax next time I make one (I am out of greens and need to get some at the farmer’s market on Sunday).


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