Most mornings, after I have had my triple shot of espresso, I start my day with a green smoothie. Certain ingredients are given and others change.
- One Bag of spinach, baby spinach, mixed greens, kale or whatever greens you want (I usually buy whatever is on sale)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
- 3 apples, cored and quartered
- 3 bananas (The riper the better. Also note: you can peel and freeze bananas that are too ripe to eat otherwise, and they work really well in smoothies. Just remember to peel them before you freeze them. Once peeled place in a freezer friendly zip top bag and then place in freezer. They are much more challenging to peel once they are frozen.)
- 1 box of silken tofu (This gives the smoothie both protein and a creamier texture akin to when people add yogurt.)
- 1 small/medium bag of frozen fruit (This ingredient replaces the need for ice and invokes creativity. Sometimes I use mixed berries or peaches. In the fall I stock up on cranberries, when they are BOGO, and freeze them. Cranberries are by far my favorite frozen fruit to add to smoothies.)
- 6 dates, 3 packets of stevia, OR 3 tsp of sugar in the raw (optional, if you desire the smoothie to be sweeter)
- Fresh juice from 2 limes or 1 large lemon (optional); adds a nice acidity to the smoothie
Serves 3. I make this batch about twice a week for myself. I store the batch in an air tight pitcher that I can shake up for day 2 and 3.
In a blender:
I put the greens in first with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water. Then add the apples and bananas and tofu. I blend all that and then I add the frozen fruit and any of the optional ingredients. I blend till smooth. When I first started doing this in a conventional blender, I had to baby it and do it in smaller parts. You could always third this recipe and make it daily, if that will help your blender. Just remember to properly store the remaining silken tofu. Out of convenience and since we gifted our household one Christmas with a Vitamix blender, this process has become much easier.