Green smoothies and green juices have been all the rage for a while. I think the key to making a green smoothie that actually tastes good is using a balanced ratio of greens to fruits and adding punchy flavours like ginger, citrus and mint.
You may well have heard that cold pressing is the only method that extracts the full health benefits from greens and vegetables as, by using no heat, key nutrients and minerals are not destroyed in the process. However, pressed juices also come with a hefty price tag and surely kale and spinach are good for you whether pressed or blended!
I like to chop up and freeze the apple, pear and banana (peeled) the night before for convenience and because it makes for a ready-chilled smoothie, but fresh fruit is also fine.
Ingredients (2 person serve)
- 1 cup of spinach packed (baby spinach and English spinach both work well)
- 1 – 2 leaves of kale, stems removed
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 thumb of fresh ginger (or to taste)
- 1/2 green apple
- 1/2 pear
- 1/2 banana
- 1 heaped teaspoon chia seeds (optional, gives the smoothie a nice consistency)
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime
Add the spinach, kale and water to the blender and blend until combined. Adding water to the greens first helps break them down to a good consistency.
Chop the ginger into small pieces (cutting off the tough skin), then add to the blender and blend for 10 seconds or so.
Add the pear, apple, banana, chia seeds, mint and blend again. Finally, add the juice from the lemon and lime and blend. Once everything is combined, add more water to your desired consistency.
Enjoy your superfood green smoothie!
As part of testing the quantities and flavours of this smoothie I have had a good share of greens this week and I must say I feel great for it. While there may well be health benefits to doing a fully blown juice cleanse, I like the simplicity and convenience of incorporating the odd green juice at breakfast (with something small to eat) to set me up for the day.