My brother-in-law is staying with us. He decided he wants to start drinking a green smoothie everyday. Since he had never tried one, he said to me, “How bad can they be?” Well…pretty bad, actually. Warm and fuzzy are not emotions that are stirred up in me when the word green smoothie is mentioned. I’ve tried my share. When two years ago my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I started making green smoothies for him. I wanted the healthiest variety. And he couldn’t eat fruit because his throat was subjected to radiation treatments and was incredibly sore.
We tried many different varieties containing lots of kinds of greens… wheatgrass, kale, spinach, collards, celery, cucumber, etc. None of them were particularly palatable. Some people would say it just takes time, that your taste buds get used to things. Not mine.
My husband can tolerate fruit now, which makes a smoothie a lot easier going down. I decided to do a search for green smoothies. Much to my surprise they weren’t really green at all. I would have called them greenish-orange, purple, any other color of the rainbow in fact, but green. Pineapples, peaches, bananas, strawberries, blueberries…. Every kind of colorful fruit imaginable went into these “green” smoothies. How are they green? They weren’t really what I was looking for.
While I have given up trying to make a non-fruit green smoothie that tastes good, I also don’t want to add too much fruit to totally mask the greens.
Following is a healthy, green smoothie recipe that has just a little fruit, a solid pack of greens, and tastes….well, pretty good (that’s really good on the true green smoothie scale). My brother-in-law’s friend sent this recipe….hope you like it!
Blog coming soon: Why we need to rotate our greens (geez, just when I found one I liked)…
1 cup kale firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped
1 granny smith apple cut up
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves (no stems)
Combine kale, apple, banana, parsley, 2 cups water, handful of ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Cheers!