Over the past several weeks, I’ve been looking for more (and different) ways to get vegetables into my diet, preferably uncooked vegetables. I don’t have a problem with cooked vegetables, but I have gobs of ways to get those in. But raw veggies? Well, there’s salads..and more salads..and salads?…
Don’t get me wrong—I’m a diehard salad lover. But I just needed a change-up. And I have to say that this green smoothie is now a go-to favorite in the morning, or really anytime of day. It’s not super original—there are a lot of green smoothie recipes out there. But it’s fairly quick, pretty tasty, and my personal favorite of the green smoothies I’ve tried.
Now this isn’t a super sweet smoothie (i.e., don’t bite into it expecting green fruit-flavored ice cream.) But it has a nice, slightly sweet flavor that isn’t super strong but crisp and fresh. Don’t worry though—if this doesn’t sound like your thing, there are ways to enhance the sweetness which are listed below.
Green Breakfast Smoothie (2 servings)
- 1 sweet apple (Gala, Pink Lady, etc), cored
- 1/3 cup avacado
- 1/3 cup carrots
- 8-10 slices cucumber
- 3-4 cups baby lettuce mix (or leafy green of choice)
- Splash of lemon juice (1/2 – 1 tsp)
- 1-2 pieces of frozen fruit (handful of berries, piece of mango, etc)
- 1 cup of water
Optional add-ins/substitutions: coconut milk (or milk of choice) instead of water; gelatin powder (for protein)
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately (or place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours for a colder result).
For a sweeter smoothie: add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, bananas, etc) and reduce the amount of lettuce.
One additional note: I’ve found that the raw vegetables/fruit and lemon juice in this smoothie can cause a bit of a detox effect. Please keep this in mind if you plan to try this for yourself.
Have a favorite smoothie recipe? Please share!
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