It’s Easy Being Green: Smoothie Recipe

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on September 15, 2014

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I am a huge fan of green smoothies. It’s the easiest way to get a ton of fruits and veggies (especially green veggies which are the best for you!) into your diet in an easy, quick, and effortless way.

I recently bought a Vitamix when we moved to our new house in Ann Arbor, because 1) it was a moving gift to myself 2) I wanted a more powerful blender with the ability to make food in bulk and with easier cleanup for making Layla’s baby food and 3) we finally had the counter space to store it!

The Vitamix is definitely pricey, but it is worth every penny. The husband was super skeptical when I bought it and now he uses it more than I do to make green smoothies! Amazing right? I made him a believer 🙂

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This particular smoothie recipe is awesome. It has – 3-4 cups of spinach in it, but you won’t be able to taste it at all! The Vitamix comes with a whole binder full of recipes, so I took one of theirs and modified it slightly to make it a little more nutritious. It is super tasty and refreshing, and you end up getting 2-3 servings of fruits AND veggies in one big glass!

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach, washed (if you’re skeptical about the taste, start with 3 cups and then add in 1 more 🙂 )
  • 1 fuji apple, quartered and seeded
  • 1 cup of ice

The Directions

Step 1: Put all ingredients into your blender (or Vitamix if you have one) in the order listed and secure the lid.

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Step 2: Turn your blender on to it’s lowest speed setting, and slowly increase the speed to high. Blend for 1 minute or until all of the ingredients have been pureed and the smoothie is the consistency you want it to me (our ideal consistency: no clumps, no grainy texture, totally smooth).

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Serve cold and enjoy! It’s a smoothie with the consistency of a milkshake that you can feel great about drinking 🙂

It’s Easy Being Green: Smoothie Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 cups

Calories per serving: 113.7

Fat per serving: 0g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 113.7 Calories, 0g Fat, 24mg Sodium, 27g Carbs, 4.5g Fiber, 16.4g Sugar, 2.2g Protein

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red grapes
  • 1 medium orange, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 carrot, halved
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach, washed
  • 1 fuji apple, quartered and seeded
  • 1 cup of ice

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients into your blender (or Vitamix if you have one) in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Turn your blender on to it's lowest speed setting, and slowly increase the speed to high. Blend for 1 minute or until all of the ingredients have been pureed and the smoothie is the consistency you want it to me (our ideal consistency: no clumps, no grainy texture, totally smooth).

Notes

Adapted from Vitamix

http://pickyeaterblog.com/its-easy-being-green-smoothie-recipe/

 

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chef Pri September 12, 2014 at 9:06 am

I need a tutorial for that GIF!!! And will definitely be trying this smoothie soon. What are your thoughts on TJ’s new cold pressed juices? Yay or nay? I like them but not sure if too much sugar?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

Haha thanks!! It was actually super easy to make — just took the pics on my phone, uploaded it to Google Photos and it created it for me! So for the cold pressed juices — I think the green juice is great. It has 11g sugar which just comes from the veggies and the apple in the juice. While cold pressed juices don’t have the fiber that whole fruit/veggie smoothies do, you still get the vitamins/nutrients from the veggies so that is good for you. Hope that helps!

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Aparna September 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

Okay, can I just say that your GIF at the bottom is INSANELY cool??? Smoothie also looks amazing 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

Hehe thanks so much Aparna! Hope you like the smoothie when you try it!

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Jessica w September 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I also love green smoothies! I do spinach, an orange, water or apple juice to get things moving, frozen mixed fruit(to make it more affordable, and an apple. I also add in random other things I have on hand if I have them. I also love my vitamix. My husband also wasn’t huge on it, so I saved up for a long time,and I use it daily. He approves now 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm

That sounds delicious Jessica! And I love that you made your husband a believer for the Vitamix too 🙂 Nice work!

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ALiz September 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

Hi Anjali,
are these veggie-fruit green smoothies meant to be meal replacements or just a snack in between meals?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater September 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hi! This particular recipe is not a meal replacement – it’s great for a snack in between meals or as part of your breakfast. Hope that helps!

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batgirl October 29, 2014 at 3:52 am

greetings from Poland : )
I love your blog, I can see I will find here many suitable recipes for my paleo diet : )

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 29, 2014 at 5:56 am

Thanks so much! Nice to meet you – I’m sure you will love this recipe!

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