I have to admit to being highly skeptical about green smoothies. I thought they would taste disgusting. But I was intrigued enough to give them a try and now I’m addicted. Can’t get enough. And neither can Ms10.
To start off, I recommend you add plenty of sweet fruit and creamy additions (see more below), and ease yourself in with just a small amount of mild green – like baby spinach. It won’t be long until you start craving more green and adjust the ratios accordingly.
I should also mention that we are lucky enough to have a high speed blender, which produces super smooth smoothies. These really make a big difference if you are able to borrow or afford to buy one.
So, what should you blend?
Base liquid: coconut water is my favourite, but water is fine. You can also use coconut milk or any nut milk.
Sweet fruit: pineapple, orange, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, dragon fruit, star fruit, banana (best frozen), figs, dates (go easy on these – they are very sweet)…
Creamy additions (optional): banana (yes, it’s multipurpose!), coconut milk, coconut yogurt, cashews (presoaked), macadamia nuts (presoaked), almonds (presoaked), fresh young coconut meat, avocado, chia seeds, tahini
Greens: kale, silverbeet, rainbow chard, baby spinach, pak choy, beetroot leaves, tatsoi, etc… (whatever looks fresh at the farmers market is best)
I also add ice.
Then just blend it all together and enjoy. You’ll soon discover your favourites. Currently, my favourite combinations are:
- Kale, strawberry, pineapple, banana, coconut yogurt & coconut water; &
- Rainbow chard, pineapple, orange, coconut water & macadamia nuts