Last year, my mom splurged and bought a Vita-Mix.
A red Vita-Mix (to match our kitchen)
With both a big and a small pitcher.
We were so excited!!! But now what?
We’ve made banana ice cream, vegan fondue, watermelon margaritas (virgin for me), and smoothies.
I know people call them green monsters, but I call it a smoothie. Thats because our first attempts were real monsters (shudder). Purply-brown, bitter, over sweet, sometimes they even tasted like tomato soup (not bad, unless its supposed to be a smoothie) you name it. Turned us off of green smoothies for a while. But this year, something changed, we figured out how to balance flavors nicely, and make a smoothie that was refreshing, alkalizing, energizing, and get this: GREEN!!!
This is our favorite, sure we make little changes here and there, it comes out different sometimes. Its not the only smoothie we make, but it is what we call the usual (or the youge(?), more often)
Go-To Green Smoothie
makes 2 large or 3 medium smoothies
- 1 C. coconut water
- 1 apple
- 1/2 of a lemon (w/o peel)
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1/4-1/2 of a cucumber
- 1-inch nub of fresh ginger (peeled)
- handful of fresh parsley
- 2-4 large handfuls of spinach (or kale, but you taste the kale)
Stick it all in a blender in that order (roughly), blend it up, pour, and enjoy!
Play around with the amount of ginger, and different fruits. One version we also like is with celery, lime, red and green apple, ginger, and spinach (sometimes we add PB2 and it tastes almost like thai:)
Warning: This smoothie is mostly veggies (ie my stepdad hates it, he says it tastes too green), and is not for the veggie faint of heart. A good way to get your green smoothie taste buds goin is to start with mostly fruit and a little green (I make my stapdad a smoothie with some frozen and some fresh banana, and strawberries, with just one handful of spinach), and slowly adding more green and less fruit. Once you are there, this is delicious and refreshing, trust me🙂