This green smoothie recipe is more about the technique of putting together a smoothie, since you could make up a million healthy vegan recipes for smoothies.
Try different fruits if you like, but if you skip the banana use something creamy like avocado or a heavy nut milk. Try using lettuce, parsley, cucumber, celery or any other green instead of sprouts in your easy vegan recipes.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes enough for 2 smoothies.
This transcription will have some mistakes because it is partially automated.
Hey guys, this is Heather from healthyveganrecipes.net. Today, I’ going to show you my green smoothie recipe – something that I make pretty much everyday for Phil and I.
A lot of you have been asking me what I eat on a regular basis during the day. I usually show you dinner, and some of those dinners are actually made for lunch. I’ve also shown you breakfast which is often oats or grains with some seeds and maybe some fruit.
One thing I haven’t shown you is my green smoothie recipe. Pretty much all nutrition experts or health experts agree that getting more greens into your diet is a good thing. We pretty much all do with more greens and the easiest way to get them into your diet is by getting them into a smoothie.
What you can do here is put them in with fruit. If any of you is concern about food combining, greens combine well with anything, including fruits. Most people look at fruits as being kept on its own when they’re thinking about strict food combining, but you can add greens and it’s still super easy to digest.
So, what I will show you is the technique of making a green smoothie because there are a lot of recipes out there that put different fruits together and stuff like that. I think its great to experiments with different fruits and see what you like.
But, to be honest, I pretty much just throw in some fruits in the blender, some greens and let it go. I don’t worry too much about getting different combinations and making cool flavors and stuff, because Phil and I include spirulina in our greens smoothies.
If you ever tried spirulina, it has a pretty intense flavor. It pretty much take over any fruit you put in there anyways, so I figure why bother putting something cool and I’m not going to taste anyway.
The thing you want to do to start – it takes us a few times to get the hang on this because we don’t have vitamix, which a lot of people that makes smoothies used. A vitamix is awesome because it breaks down the fibers in the plants much more so than a regular blender like this, but vitamix cost about 400 bucks.
So, if you’re just getting started and you want to see if you like this technique of eating greens, just go for a normal bender, they’re like 30 bucks and you can start and see if you like it. And if you really want to get into it you might want to get a vitamix – so this, see how it goes.
We are going to start by adding some water. The one I use is filtered water, most city drinking water has chlorine and in bald water basically comes from tap water anyways, so filter your water to get rid of the chlorine.
And then to the water, the first thing you want to add is the fruit because that would be the base for adding the greens and whatever other stuff you want to add in there.
If you do the greens first, it doesn’t go so well. So, to the water I added a banana and an apple. This is going to be a smoothie for Phil and I, and I just use one apple and one banana but you can use more fruit at the beginning to make it sweeter, and as you get used to green smoothies, you can reduce the amount of fruit.
I always question my decision to buy bananas since I live in Canada and especially when its winter, but the thing about smoothie is you need something kindda gooey to stick things together. I’ve tried making smoothies without banana, what happens is the water and the fiber separates.
So, you need something to kindda bring it together. Bananas work, avocados work, but they’re also not native to Canada. The other thing you could try is maybe like a coconut milk, or nut milk or something like that. Coconuts if course are not native to Canada, but like a cashew milk or an almond milk, something like that.
You can play around and see what works for you, but I say, one banana a day and its all about it. So, give this a blend – the green I use in the winter and even in the summer, but in the winter they’re easy to grow yourself or sprout.
Phil is in charge of the sprouting. We got some clover in here, and I’ll grab a big handful, I like lots of sprouts, and these ones are alfalfa. You can see, he’s got two different sprouting methods, this sprouter that has a thing inside with drainage or you can just use a mason jar, and you have to make sure that it gets drained properly.
Sprouts, these sprouts anyway, have very little flavor. We have another type the brassica blend and that’s a little more intense. With these blend, once I throw a lot in, if you have something that’s more harsh, you can also throw in things like lettuce or spinach.
But, they can get pretty expensive in the winter. It’s great in the summer if you grow your own. And then to this, I’m going to add a spoonful if spirulina powder – that’s going to make it super green, and then I use a hemp protein powder.
You don’t need to add a protein powder but we just like to have a little bit extra to our diet. I happen to have right now some aloe vera juice, which I think is pretty cool. It helps cleanse and support all you body’s function, so I’m just going to add a bunch of that in there.
The last thing I’m going to add is some lemon juice. You can use some fresh lemons if you like – the reason I’m adding this is to counter the flavor of the spirulina. If you don’t have the spirulina in there, you probably don’t need lemon juice.
But I found, through trial and error, that without the lemon juice, I just can’t handle the spirulina taste. So, put the lid back on, give this a blend. Phil always likes me to warn him when I make loud blender noise.
They will mix up pretty quickly but if you leave it a little bit longer on high, it will break up, if there are any chunkier kinds of things in here. Parsley is one that I like to add in here quite often and it doesn’t break up too easily.
Cucumber is another great one to add in here, celery, anything light, green juicy is a great addition. And then, all you got to do is to drink it. When you’re first making them, you might want to take a taste pouring out if you need to add something and make it sweeter, whatever.
I got things pretty much down now, so I know exactly how much of everything I like, and what I added was one soup-spoon, its not quite like a tablespoon, its like two tablespoon of lemon juice for one spirulina spoonful and that’s for two people.
So, enjoy you green smoothie and experiments with different kinds of things to put in there. I’ll have this green smoothie recipe posted at healthyveganrecipes.net. This is one of the best parts of my day, it makes me feel so energize.
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