Thursday, October 6, 2011

Easy Peasy Green Smoothies

I call these easy peasy because they mostly only use 1 fruit, how difficult is that to make? I was delighted to find some of these suggestions in Victoria Butenko's books after months of dealing with recipes calling for an average of 3 fruits. She also suggests that keeping your green smoothies simple enhances your body's ability to absorb the vitamins and minerals.

Usually I don't specify which greens to use as it largely depends on what is available wherever you are located. In some recipes, I will specify it as it as influence the taste of the green smoothie. However, feel free to modify it as you deem necessary.

Greens with soft stems e.g. basil, mint, spinach can be used as it is. The ones with tough / thick stems, e.g. chard, kai lan, bok choy should have their stems removed as they are very fibrous and can sometimes change the flavour of the green smoothie (e.g. chard stems have a slight peppery flavour)

The quantity of the greens can also be altered to suit your taste.

Basic Balance
1 mango
1 cup greens
1 cup water

Cantaloupe Parsley Smoothie
3 cups cantaloupe, cubed
1 bunch fresh parsley

Parsley Maddness
4 ripe pears
1 bunch fresh parsley
2 cups water

Zesty Watermelon
4 cups watermelon, cubed
1 cup greens
Juice of 1 lime

Romanian Bananas
4 ripe bananas
1 cup romaine lettuce
2 cups water
(Note: romaine lettuce can be bitter, adjust quantity as you go along)

Sunny Island
1 mango
2 oranges
1-2 cups water
1 cup greens
(Make sure the fruits are sweet else you can get a very sour smoothie)

Going Bananas
4 bananas
1 knob of ginger
2 cups of greens
2 cups of water

Two Pears and An Orange
2 ripe pears
1 orange
1-2 cups water
2 cups greens

That's all for now! I'll add more as I try out various recipes from books and other websites. Have fun and enjoy!

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