Recipe: Ultimate Green Smoothie

Starting my day off with a green smoothie is my favorite way to start the day. Absolutely delicious and a quick boost of nutrition—what could be better? While I never measure ingredients in my smoothies anymore, I did so when I first began making smoothies in order to get the right proportions. Proportions are important when making smoothies! (They’re important for anything, really.) Using recipes in the beginning also helps you get the feel for what you do and don’t like in a smoothie. Once you get the hang of blending, proportions, and the right ingredients, feel free to experiment!

Remember, just because it’s green doesn’t mean it isn’t good! When I was new to green smoothies, I started off making them really sweet. My tastes then began to change, and I only needed a little bit of sweetness for me to be satisfied. Therefore, adjust this recipe to what you like best.

Serves: 40 oz / 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 stalks of kale or 2 cups spinach
  • 1 ⅓ cups water (coconut water is good too)
  • 1 cucumber, not peeled
  • 1 in³ ginger root
  • 10 cilantro stems with leaves
  • ½ – ¾ cup raw broccoli
  • ½ – ¾ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 2 servings vanilla vegan protein powder
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions

Begin by blending water and spinach. Cut cucumber into 4 chunks*. Then add ginger, cilantro, and cucumber to the blender, and blend. Next, add frozen mango, frozen banana, protein powder, and lime juice. Blend once more, serve with a straw, and enjoy!

*This is solely to make it easier on the blender. I have a VitaMix, which I absolutely LOVE, but I still find it hard to blend the cucumber fully. Therefore, I like cutting it up before putting it in.

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“Green King” smoothie from the “Raw & Juicy” food truck in Seaside, FL.

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