V Green Smoothie 3 ways
For all of these options, having a powerful blender is helpful because you can put everything in together. If you don't, then chop the greens and put into the blender first, along with some of the liquid. Once they are chopped up, the rest of the ingredients can be added. I chose these recipes because they are all a bit different. Mix and match what you like and what you have on hand. When I make a smoothie, I like to use frozen fruit, because the smoothie is very cold when finished. I do not use ice cubes in my smoothies. If they seem too thick, add some type of fruit juice or milk to blender.
Serves 2; ready in 10 minutes; use almond milk for the vegan version
6 kale leaves, tough stems removed and roughly chopped
2" piece of ginger
1/4 cup apple sauce
1.5 cups non or low-fat plain yogurt, or almond milk
Place kale leaves in blender and chop them up first, then add ingredients in order of list. For a colder version, place banana and/or apple sauce in freezer ahead of time. If the smoothie with yogurt seems too thick, add a little bit of apple juice or milk to the blender and blend until desired consistency.
From 2 peas and their pod blog; serves 2
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Note-I use our Blendtec Blender which is a very powerful machine. Make sure you use a powerful blender that will puree the orange, spinach, ice, etc. I like to store one serving of the smoothie in the freezer for later. Pour in an air-tight container and freeze. Make sure you take the smoothie out of the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to drink it. You can also store the smoothie in the refrigerator.
From Foodnetwork.com; serves 4
2 cups vanilla almond, coconut or soy milk
1/2 cup whole oats
1 1/4 cups fresh, frozen or canned peaches, or mango cubes
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the milk and oats in a blender and blend for 15 seconds on high. Add the peaches, ice, spinach, honey, vanilla and bananas and blend until very smooth, 45 seconds. Serve in glasses.