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What's smooth and green and smells like a salad?

January 28, 2009 - 9:00 PM

Green Smoothies!

No, I am not on any green smoothie band wagon and trying to convince the world to drink them, simply not my stchiick (sic).  Basically, I have been eating the things for the last 6 days and the first question I get is, "What's in them?" so I thought I would share, :)!

Here's the facts: they are easy to make, they are relatively inexpensive, they are a great way to eat your dark greens, they can be consumed by the youngin's, and if you wanted to they are a great way to flush out your system.

Here's the concept: 1 bunch greens and 3 fruits and wa-la, green sludge. (However, blueberries or purple greens will make it brownish purple sludge.)

Here's a short skinny: The dark green leaves are packed with cleansing antioxidants and toxin-eradicating cholorophyll!  Heavenly!  The cruciferous veggies stimulate the production of a detox enzyme glutathione-s-transferases that bind to heavy metals, solvents and pesticides and gets them out of your body through your stool!  Awesome!  Wait?!  What that mean?  It means the sludge goes in sludge and attaches itself to all sorts of nasty in your system and then carries it out the other end, in the same sludgey format.  Yummy!*

Here's some more notes: Our five dollar blender is no match for green smoothies so we did have to add a cup of water to them, an act that some frown upon.  And, like all things too much of a good thing can be bad, so you have to watch how much of these you drink & their ingredients.  (Something about too much alkaloids can actually be toxic for you and you shouldn't drink the same "green" in these every day...  Thank God for Google!)

Here's the recipes... Found from

Always blend the fruit first (This is where I add the water too) –

2-3 cups any greens of your choice, 2 cups papaya, 2 oranges, 3 dates

1 handful lettuce leaves, 1 handful mint, 4 bananas, 1/2 cup water

1 cup organic frozen berries (any kind), 2 cups fresh spinach, 1/4 inch fresh ginger, water

1/2 bunch romaine lettuce, 1 cup strawberries, 2 bananas, water

4-5 kale leaves, 4 apples, 1/2 lemon juiced, water

2 big handfuls mixed baby greens, 2 pears, 2 mangoes, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

2 cups argula, 1 cup spinach, 3 mangos

Choc-mint – 2 cups spinach, 10-12 mint leaves, 3 bananas, 2 Tbs. carob powder, 1 cup water

1 handful of spinach, 2 stalks of celery, 2 bananas, 2 pears, 1 apple, 1 cup water

1 small handful of spinach, 2 cups arugula, 2-3 mangoes, 1 cup water

1.5 cup sunflower greens, 1 dried fig, 3 bananas

2 cups spinach, 2 clementines, 2 mangos, 2 (blood) oranges

1/2 head romaine lettuce, 1 small pineapple, 1 large mango, 1-inch fresh ginger

1 handful wild greens (e.g. dandelion), 1 small handful mint leaves, 3 cups honeydew melon

3-4 stalks celery, 2 ripe persimmons, 1 banana

3-4 stalks celery, 1 c blueberries, 3 bananas

1 handful chard leaves, 5-6 kale leaves, 3 large bananas, 1 cup water

1 handful parsley, 3 cups of peeled papaya

AND you can Google and hunt out more on your own!

(My favorite I found was a half bunch of romaine, kale or spinach with 3 pears.  It is simple and crisp every time.)

*There are tons of websites out there that can tell you all the technical ins and outs of the veggies/fruits and their health benefits.  Best to do your own research if you are going to do something like this on a regular basis or talk to someone in the know.  However, if you try one you'll experience the the weird experience of drinking something green that smells like a salad and tastes like fruit with the texture of anything from air filled styrofoam to hair clipping in liquid.  Really, it's THAT good!    

Response to What's smooth and green and smells like a salad?

  • leah said on January 29, 2009 - 7:31 AM

    "hair clippings in liquid" .... oh my! but thanks for paving the way for so many of us. i don't think i'm there yet and our blender is dead- but i hope to try this some day!

  • Dana said on January 29, 2009 - 9:35 AM

    You should! The hair clipping are the kale and I am pretty sure if one had a decent blender they would blend up the clippings and they wouldn't be as... um... noticeable? :)!

  • Kari said on January 29, 2009 - 4:55 PM

    Thanks for sharing Dana! I'm gonna print this off and then maybe just maybe...(Joe loves doing these sort of things). I would have to add water to our blender as well, although we do have a nice it supposed to be done in a blender?

  • Dana said on January 29, 2009 - 5:40 PM

    I don't know what a juicer does that a blender doesn't do? Most the sites I researched talked about getting the thousand dollar Will it Blend Blender (, HA! I say, if it can juice ice and fruit it should juice greens, right? :)!

  • Kari said on January 29, 2009 - 8:39 PM

    With a juicer it strains out most of the pulpy stuff, but I am wondering if that is some of the "goody" you would want. I am also thinking this green smoothie feast would be a wonderful way to use up all of our CSA this summer. :)

  • Dana said on January 29, 2009 - 8:51 PM

    Yea. you wouldn't want to juice these then (I was somehow thinking a juicer was like a food processor, but no longer, :)!). It IS a totally great way to use a CSA especially if they are like, "Here, take as much greens as you want!" You can be like, "Heck yeah!" ;)!

  • Kari said on January 30, 2009 - 9:29 AM

    HECK YEAH! and I've got some friends who want them as well! :)

  • Autumn said on February 3, 2009 - 11:57 AM

    I've definitely gotta try this out! I got home late last night after an evening of kickboxing and going to the gym. I wanted a quick dinner, but I've gotta admit salad was NOT appetizing. But a smoothie would have been great!

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