But when you add spinach, broccoli and kale to the equation you probably want to turn your nose up.
I'd never been much of a smoothie person until recently, really, after reading some of T-G blogger Steve Mills' posts about how much he was enjoying his transition into a healthy way of life.
Fully knowing I wasn't getting enough fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, I started playing around with some recipes and have since become hooked on my daily smoothie. Truthfully, I could probably drink these all day long and not terribly miss solid foods, but I've been limiting myself to one a day, usually for breakfast.
Can you think of any other way to consume two cups of spinach without even noticing?
Give them a try, as well as some of the other recipes listed below (contributed by T-G readers). You won't be disappointed!
A smoothie with a couple large handfuls of spinach, banana, clementine, one cup almond milk and a scoop of protein.
-- Sadie Fowler
I basically throw in a handful of several types of nuts, maybe a raw egg occasionally, some dried fruit, handful of spinach or carrots, one each of orange, apple, banana, about five large strawberries, a handful of blueberries, maybe some fresh pineapple and a slice of ginger.
I also alternate some grapes, pomegranate, peaches or any other fruit that is on sale. I stay away from broccoli and cabbages because they add a taste I don't like in my smoothie. I would rather eat them raw or cooked but not as a drink.
When I am making a smoothie for my wife it is banana, strawberries, maybe some pineapple and a little vanilla.
I forgot to say that all smoothies get a cup of filtered water and a cup or two of ice cubes. I cut back if I have frozen strawberries since it becomes more of a frozen concoction with all that frozen.
-- Steve Mills, T-G blogger
I drink my smoothie for lunch so it gives me a jolt without a sugared diabetic fruit coma...mostly protein: 1 1/2 cups ice,
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop garden of life vanilla raw protein powder, 1 scoop garden of life perfect food plant protein, 2 Nectreese monk fruit sweetener. Topped with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
This 80 calorie drink (per 1 1/2 cup serving) tastes like a blueberry-vanilla shake and is a dark rich green and last about 6-7 hours. Along with an egg and dry Ezekiel raisin toast for breakfast and a low calorie sensible dinner, I'm dropping pounds in a major way and feel great.
-- Posted by chefgrape, T-G blogger
This recipe calls for a handful of spinach, a whole apple (cored but not peeled), handful of kale, 1 carrot (peeled),1/2 cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons flax seed, 1 cup cranberry juice OR 1 cup grapes (you may omit the juice and instead add a dash of rice, almond or soy milk), and 1 cup cubed ice.