I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen friends post pictures of their frothy green smoothie only to be met with a barrage of “yuck” comments from a bunch of diaper babies. Listen, I know it looks like swamp water but do you really think we’d all be knocking them back every day if they were repugnant? The trick to a great green smoothie, in my opinion, is to offset the earthy, grassiness of the greens with bright, fresh flavors like citrus, pineapple and ginger.
I’ve come up with a beginner recipe that you can swap your favorite ingredients in and out of. If you’re new to the whole green smoothie thing, try mellow greens like baby spinach, bok choy or chard in place of the kale – or replace half the kale with one of those and work your way up to full kale action.
The people at TeaGschwendner were nice enough to send me a care package containing their gorgeous organic Japan Matcha Green Tea Powder, which I added to my smoothie because of it’s high antioxidant levels and kick of energy (matcha green tea contains about half the amount of caffeine of a cup of coffee, but its released slowly so you don’t get jittery).
Try it out and let me know what you think – or leave your favorite green smoothie recipe in the comments!
Beginner Green Smoothie Recipe
By July 19, 2014Published:
- Yield: 2 Servings
This is a twist on a green smoothie recipe given to me by former WWE Women's Champion Amy "Lita" Dumas so you know it kicks some ass.
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup packed baby spinach
- 3-5 stalks curly kale stems removed
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 1 1 piece of fresh ginger peeled
- 1/2 lemon rind removed
- scoop wheat grass powder optional
- 1 tsp spirulina powder optional
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder optional
- 12 oz coconut water plus more if needed
- Blend everything together until smooth - add more coconut water if it's too thick for your taste.
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Haha “diaper babies!”