green smoothies 101

I’m totally on the green smoothie/juice bandwagon. But there’s a secret to making a great green smoothie.

green smoothie

Green smoothies are super tasty if you know the secret.¬†Actually, it isn’t really a secret at all– it’s all about ratios and adding plenty of fruit. Just green veggies in your blender will taste something like salad soup, so you need to add something sweet or citrusy to balance it.

Here’s the basic equation: 1 green + 2 fruits + yogurt, juice, almond milk, or water = yummy green smoothie

Spinach, Kale, Romaine or Boston lettuce are good greens to start with. Almost any fruits or berries can be added next. If you’re feeling brave add veggies like cucumbers, carrots, or celery. I usually prefer orange juice to dairy for the last ingredient, I’ve also seen cold green tea as an alternative.

Here are a few of my fave combinations:

2 cups spinach + 1 kiwi (peeled) + 1 banana + 1 cup orange juice = sweet and tropical

2 cups spinach + 1/2 cucumber + 2 celery stalks + 1/2 an apple (peeled) + 1 cup orange juice = sweet with grassy notes

1 banana + 1/2 an avocado + 1 cup plain yogurt + 1/2 cup OJ + honey to taste = sweet and creamy

Pro tip: It helps to cut up the fruits or veggies before adding them to the blender, blend on high for about a minute. Adding a few ice cubes at the end makes it nice and cold and I think it helps grind up any leftover leafy bits. If it’s still not sweet enough for your taste, add a little honey or agave nectar.

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avocado, meet chocolate

I am borderline obsessed with avocados. They look so pretty and taste delicious!

avocados

Since today is snowy and cold– school was already canceled by 7pm last night– I decided we would pass the time by playing in the kitchen! And because of my avocado obsession, I had a few on hand that we could whip into something tasty and fun. I’m a sucker for a good avocado smoothie, and I’ve seen chocolate paired with avocado before, initially I was thinking we’d make smoothies, but decided that was not snow-day-fun enough. Add a banana, or two, throw it all in the food processor and– voila— you’ve got chocolate pudding (and it’s vegan and dairy-free, if you’re into that).

avocado chocolate pudding

Chocolate-Avocado-Banana Pudding (serves 2 – 4)

2 Ripe Avocados

2 Ripe Bananas

1/4 cup + 2 Tbl. Cocoa Powder

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla

3 Tbsp. Honey

3 Tbsp. Chocolate Syrup (we used high-fructose corn syrup free Nesquik)

Combine all ingredients in bowl of food processor, process until smooth and uniform in color. Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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