Green smoothies are nothing new. And quite honestly, the smoothie concept can be taken in sugar laden unhealthy directions….even if they are green colored. I stick to the basics mostly, but in this smoothie I added a vegetal nutritional twist.
The basic recipe, which I of course tinkered with, comes from Oh She Glows. To be honest I didn’t keep much the same…. I don’t think she’d mind. She likes to tinker too. But, it’s because of her smoothie that I started drinking this one and playing around. So thank you to Angela Liddon!
The standout in this smoothie is frozen cauliflower. You might be thinking “Ew!” but you should be thinking “Genius!”. This idea actually came about from reading Mind Body Green. Frozen cauliflower is tasteless, full of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate among other nutrients. So instead of adding extra ice, I add frozen cauliflower! And that’s how I increase my daily vegetable count and feel virtuous…. for at least 5 minutes in the day.
You’ll have to tinker with how much liquid you want to add because the cauliflower does thicken the smoothie and I prefer a medium consistency. Other add-ins I use are spirulina because it’s purported to support energy and immunity and collagen for hair, skin, and nail health. So, the next time you see me, if I look 25 you’ll know why. Hehehehe.
Note, 1 serving of spirulinia is 1 teaspoon, and I’m adding much more. You should start with 1 teaspoon and increase from there if you so desire. As for the collagen, 1 tablespoon equals 11g of protein and yes, it is flavorless and it doesn’t make the smoothie jiggly.
Because I add frozen cauliflower I don’t freeze my bananas. But, if I did I would skip the ice and possibly add a bit more almond milk to keep is liquid and not slushy. Tinker as you will.
I was gifted a wonderful Vitamix from my awesome family when I married my awesome husband. I’m loving it. The Vitamix eliminates the grit that sometimes accompanies smoothies.
I also discovered that while I do love a nice kale salad, I detest kale in a smoothie.
Makes 1 gigantic smoothie, but really enough for two
3/4 Cup to 1 Cup almond milk (I normally use 3/4 Cup)
2 Cups spinach (A gigantic handful)
1-2 Tablespoons almond butter (depends how needy I am for creamy fat)
3/4 C frozen cauliflower
1 teaspoon-1 Tablespoons spirullina (as I mentioned I go heavy on it, but you should work up to it)
2 Tablespoons collagen
ice cubes (I use 3)
In your blender add the almond milk first, then the non-frozen ingredients, then the frozen ingredients on top. Blend until you get the consistency you desire.