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!