(Light) Green Smoothie

I’ve been drinking green smoothies for a while, but I’ve always been a little afraid of the “greens” part. I usually end up putting more fruit in it than I put green stuff, to the point that my smoothies are 5 to 6 cups in volume and don’t generally look green at all.

During this two-week period on my not-crazy diet, I’m supposed to eat more veggies and have my fruit intake be no more than 30% of my total veggie intake for the day. This combined with the fact that I’ve not really been enjoying my smoothies and there’s just too much smoothie to drink has led me to contemplate less fruity smoothies.

The key, it seems, is grapes. I was surprised that grapes were even allowed on my not-crazy diet since they’re so sugary, but since they’re allowed, I’m going with it. It seems that grapes provide a sweetness that counteracts any bitterness from the greens.

This morning I had a smoothie that I found quite pleasant, and I thought I’d share it with y’all. There’s still a lot of fruit in it, but less than I usually use.

What’s in it:

~1 cup nut milk (almond-walnut)

5 leaves curly kale

1 pear, halved, seeds removed

1 orange (cara cara navel, peeled and halved)

1 handful of red grapes, no stems

This is what it looks like:

The nut milk makes it more of a light-green smoothie than a typical dark-green smoothie, but it’s a pretty color and I like the creaminess. And it doesn’t taste like kale!

4 Replies to “(Light) Green Smoothie”

  1. Yum! I’ll have to try this recipe. Thank you. We do a lot of smoothies here. My kids love them for dessert. And I always get in a few greens even when we’re making fruity ones. I stopped doing nut milks awhile back when my nutmilk bag disappeared. We’ve been using kefir instead. Have you tried kefir?

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    1. I’ve tried coconut kefir, but I’m not doing dairy so I don’t do the animal milk kefirs. I think I tried them back when they were still labeled “drinkable yogurt” in large font and “kefir” in the small-font, back-of-the-bottle description. I read a recipe for GF sourdough starter that called for “Water Kefir grains.” I need to look into that.

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  2. I like to use green grapes in my smoothie so that it stays bright green. If I’m going to drink a green smoothie, I want it to be GREEN, darnit!

    That said, I need to get back into the habit of drinking them more often.

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    1. I think it’s the green color I tend to avoid. But not anymore. I’m embracing the green! (For some reason, though, the not-crazy diet says only red or purple grapes, not green. I’m just obeying without question. Although I did make myself a “porridge” out of coconut milk, pecans, and strawberries, and coconut milk wasn’t on the “OK” list nor on the “Not-OK” list.)

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