We’ve been green smoothie drinkers for a few years. I would say I’ve enjoyed 80-90% of our smoothie combinations. Andrew would be closer to 50%. The kids drink whatever we give them a lot of the time (at least a little bit), but not all the time. I figure a mostly good smoothie isn’t worth sharing.
But this smoothie is a winner. Every single one of us has been drinking it daily for the last two weeks. We can’t get enough.
A note about blenders. We used a $30 walmart blender for years. We even drank green smoothies made in them for about a year. I thought it was a totally fine way to make smoothies and it wouldn’t be worth a more expensive purchase (insanely frugal graduate student family that we are).
Then two things happened two years ago: c. diff and the discovery of refurbished blendtec blenders. Sold for $279 and a 7 year warranty. Best. Purchase. Ever. Seriously we say that every day as we are using it for the second or third time.
I recommend making this in a high power blender. I’ve never tried it in the $30 variety – but don’t let that deter you. It is that good!
Blend until greens are completely pulverized and no longer resemble leaves (we use the “smoothie” button):
- 1 pint of kefir (a little more than 2 cups). You can use milk/non-dairy milk/water, but I recommend kefir for gut/immune system health and flavor.
- 2-3 T flax seeds. We buy ours at Walmart or Aldis.
- Roughly four cups/handfuls of spinach (frozen spinach pictured so it is much more compact). Usually I put in the fruit and then stuff as much spinach in the blender as I possibly can.
- 2 oranges, peeled. I cut the skin off of both ends and then slice it off around the outside.
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled
Add frozen pineapples and mangoes and blend with “ice crush”. Or pulse until the pieces are smaller and then blend until smooth. We froze our fruit when it was on sale, but I bet a tropical frozen fruit blend would do the trick.
This smoothie makes the perfect amount for our family of four: a tall cup for me, a mug for Andrew, and two squeeze pouches for the kids.