We all know that greens are good for us, but getting enough of them down the hatch on a daily basis can be a real struggle…(chomp, chomp, chew, chew). Leafy greens supply our bodies with many essential vitamins and minerals, and are known to help prevent cancer and a host of other illnesses; but I promise you that these health benefits are not enough to get my 3, 5, and 8 year old cuties to gobble a huge green salad. Enter this Ultimate Green Smoothie! It’s a delightfully camouflaged method of rapidly downing your greens (along with plenty of other goodness) in such a way that your tastebuds (and kids!) will thank you!
This green smoothie is highly customizable, as most smoothies are, but I’ll just share the things you could substitute and the things that I wouldn’t!! (The most important ingredients for hiding the ‘green’ flavor are the crushed pineapple and fresh lemon juice mentioned further down in the post, so please don’t skip those!!)
Greens combo: I recommend 1 cup spinach and 1 cup Kale or other mixed greens. You can totally mix this combo up, just remember that spinach is generally a bit more mild, so if you’re trying to hide those greens from your tastebuds or others, try to keep it mild.
Flax seed vs flax seed meal: Both work great. It really depends on the power of your blender, and whether you are working with mostly fresh or frozen ingredients. The more you have to blend to make it smooth, the warmer the smoothie will get and I like a cool smoothie.
Almond Milk vs Almonds and water: Either one works fine. If using the raw almonds you can a) just blend the almonds and water in the beginning, or b) just blend everything together depending on the strength of your blender and how long you want to blend the smoothie. Again, just keep in mind, the longer you blend, the warmer your smoothie gets… Store-bought Almond milk is def lower in fat than adding a scant 1/4 cup of almonds to the smoothie – but on the flip side, it’s also a little less creamy. It’ll be great either way you go. (If you have nut allergies, soy milk or coconut milk also work great too. You can also sub apple juice and it still tastes great, but the creaminess will be altered.)
Bananas, Grapes, Blueberries: All these ingredients freeze great. Freezing them together in baggie portions speeds up the process even more. Spotted or VERY ripe bananas are the sweetest, and will really be awesome in the smoothie. Grapes and Blueberries add sweetness and flavor without too much seeds or pulp. I’ve tried making this with Red berries, and it tastes fine, but it tends to make the smoothie brown and I just don’t like a brown smoothie. Sorry. Not Sorry. LOL. Everyone has their hangups!!
Crushed Pineapple and Fresh Squeezed Lemon: Here is where the secret for hiding the ‘green’ flavor lies, and I don’t recommend substitutions. Pineapple and lemon are the real magicians of the green smoothie. They mask the “green” flavor and add a tart sweetness that is truly refreshing! I use canned crushed pineapple because it is the easiest for me to obtain and keep available. Also, it is generally canned in pineapple juice which sweetens the smoothie naturally. Again, it can be added to portioned baggies or frozen in separated amounts by itself.
Tools: As you see in the picture above, I use a Vitamix. I can hardly imagine my kitchen without it. I had a refurbished one that I was given for about 12 years. About a year ago, I invested in a newer model but the old one is still going strong in someone else’s home! These machines are wonderful. I’m going to add an Amazon affiliate link here in case you are interested (I would get a small percentage from the sale) but honestly, I’d probably recommend buying it from Costco during a special sale. They run them often and it’s a really great deal. There are also quite a few other great high-powered blenders out there, I’m just a die-hard Vitamix fan, and no they didn’t pay me a cent to say that!!
Well, folks, I think that about explains the method for this favorite smoothie in our house! Just don’t expect it to last long!! Everyone is going to be asking for more!!! (Total Yield is about 3 cups).
The Ultimate Green Smoothie
The Ultimate Green Smoothie should be amazing for you and TASTE amazing! That's why you've got to try this smoothie that 'Hides' the green taste! Even the kids love it!!!
- 1 Cup Almond Milk or 1 Cup water and 1/4 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1 tbsp Flax Seed Meal if you wish to use whole flax seed, just blend it with the almonds initially
- 1 Cup Fresh spinach packed
- 1 Cup Kale or kale greens mix packed
- 1/3 Cup Canned Crushed Pineapple in pineapple juice
- 1 Equivalent of one frozen banana fresh works too, but cold is nice!
- 1/3 Cup Frozen Blueberries
- 12 Fresh or Frozen Grapes
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice or approx. 1/2 of lemon squeezed
If you are opting to use almonds and water instead of pre-made almond milk, start by blending your nuts and water together until a smooth, creamy milk is formed.
Then pile in the rest of your ingredients. Flax seed meal, spinach and kale, canned pineapple, grapes, blueberries, banana and fresh lemon juice. (All these ingredients can be used unfrozen, but the more that are frozen, the colder your drink will be!)
Blend it all until you are satisfied that all those greens are liquified and then drink up the goodness!!!
Your greens incognito are going to make you feel fantastic!! (Yields about 3 Cups)