I did this 30 day experiment some time ago and whilst a few flavour combos kinda hit the spot- mainly the mango infused versions, I always felt it was a compromise with the proportion of fruit being too high. I'm not generally a smoothie girl as I prefer to eat my fruits whole instead of drink them, but I was intrigued by the green smoothie 'revolution' that seemed to have taken the world by storm...I felt like I was missing out big time!
So, a week or so ago I tried a change of tactic. Instead of using fruits to try and 'hide' the greens I thought I would 'celebrate' the greens by addding just a little fruit simply to complement them. You know what...it worked! For me anyway, I totally appreciate that for many people the whole hiding the greens thing does work- my taste buds were simply not fooled, plus it was very easy to end up with a 'grey sludge' when using greens and red berries. Not the prettiest look.
I will warn you now, this smoothie is very refreshing and 'green' tasting, no bananary berryness to try and cover things up. The subtle hints of ginger and lemon work perfectly to give a refreshing tart kick whilst the apple gives a little touch of sweetness and the avocado offers the smooth undertones. You can omit the avocado if you prefer, I've had it like that too, it's just not so smooth.
So here is my Super Green Smoothie. The greenest of the green...just check out these ingredients!
Recipe: 'Super Green' Smoothie
- 1 cup water (or more to reach desired thickness)
- 1 cup packed spinach (or other greens)
- 1/3 cup cucumber
- ½ cm fresh ginger
- 2 tsp lime juice (or lemon)
- 1 small apple- cored
- Approx. 1/4 cup sized chunk of avocado
- 2 large fresh mint leaves
Blend everything together until as smooth as possible. I find it easiest to add half the water first, blend well and then add the remainder and re-blend to get the smoothest consistency.
Note: I often make this recipe in bulk by blending up to 10x the amount of ingredients BUT without the water and then freezing the 'concentrated' smoothie in silicone muffin cups in the freezer, once they are frozen pop out and store in a freezer bag ready to take out and defrost in the extra water one at a time.