Thursday, 12 April 2012

Jumping on the Green Smoothie bandwagon.

First time Green Smoothies crossed my radar was on The Reluctant Ashtangi's blog and the post Green Smoothies 101, looked interesting but left it at that. Over the next couple of weeks I seemed to be seeing green smoothie references everywhere. Few days ago I hunted for the original post and made my first one below.



This was really simple, a banana, couple of ice cubes, half a pear, a couple of handful's of Spinach, a little honey and a cup of water. 

It came out, really, smooth and creamy, nice shade of green and tasted great really really nice.

I was hooked.


The next one (below) had some avocado as well as the spinach for the 'green' element, even creamier, also some lemon juice.



Now I went crazy, buying all kinds of green to experiment, more spinach, kale (more bitter but OK mixed with spinach), parsley (hmmm, not sure, used too much perhaps).


The one below is kale and strawberry with half pear, dates for sweetening. Tasted good but looked like mud.


another spinach one with a little garnish to try and tempt M ( still very suspicious).


Madhu sent me this poster with the basic green smoothie outline


Now moved on to Coconut oil, just a teaspoon, had my first one with that this morning can taste the coconut, best one yet 9another Spinach and kale version).


On FB I'm being told Aloe Vera juice makes a nice alternative to plain water, green tea too I've heard.

Watched this last week, interesting veg/fruit etc distinction.


Just watched it again and he says to keep it simple, good reminder perhaps as I'm starting to get carried away.

They have a book and an app, it was in the app I found the Kale and Strawberry recipe. Watching the video again i notice he doesn't take the tops of the strawberries " ...it's a green smoothie after all'.


Feel free to add any suggestions in comments, I'll no doubt be adding to this post as I try new combinations etc.

7 comments:

  1. I've been doing one version for eons, but I'm now inspired to mix it up. Frozen banana, frozen blueberries, yogurt, spirulina, some form of juice. It isn't green....the greenness of the spirulina overcome by the purple blueberries. But my 18 & 16 year old boys happily slurp it up. The whole thing is about 75% frozen blueberries. I think some watercress would be a nice addition.....!

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  2. As you may have read, the Boatman has been putting cauliflower, and now broccoli into our smoothies. I slurp, and sometimes chew it up with dutiful enthusiasm. Drinking out of a martini glass is a wonderful idea. I tried that this morning. Welcome to the Green Smoothie World, Grimmly!

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  3. hiya, Grimmly. i've been reading your blog for a while now, but never commented. i love green smoothies and my favorite is 1/2 a banana + 2 big leaves of kale + 1/2 cucumber + 1 cup of almond milk (a few ice cubes, too) + 6~ walnut halves + 1/4 cup oats (if i feel like thickening it up) + just a smidge of raw agave nectar (and sometimes a dollop peanut butter and a square of dark chocolate for a treat).

    i just started ashtanga yoga about a month ago (mysore style at my local shala in rva) - it's pretty awesome and i love reading through your blog and absorbing all the awesome information and super helpful tips. thank you!

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  4. Slowly phase out all the fruit. Avoid dandelion. Go crazy and mix it up. (I.e. hot peppers? Cilantro? Parsley. You name it.)

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  5. Yes I saw that, cauliflower, hmmmm, really? have too many bad memorises of cauliflower cheese for school dinners, could go for broccoli though.

    Hi Jessy, wow, thanks for all the ideas, almond milk? Krishnamacharya uses to have that with lots of turmeric....yellow smoothies. Cuecumber I considered, put courgette peelings in the other day and it was fine. Bought Romane lettuce for tomorrow mornings experiment.
    Good luck with the Ashtanga and feel free to right if and when the time comes when you get disheartened/hit a wall, everyone does sooner or later but it passes.

    Phase out the fruit Steve? Wasn't sure about dandelion but liked that they were from the garden, bought some hot peppers to chuck in looking forward to that.

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.

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  6. Very nice! I also tend to experiment and love the results. So far my favorite by far has been one avocado, three tea spoons of raw chocolate (powdered) and agave... it is a chocolate pudding, completely raw, and the most delicious thing I have ever tried! (no kale though)

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  7. The fruit's just unnecessary sugar. :)

    We have two broad categories of smoothies in our house. One has fruit (and usually is soon after practice) -- mango, banana, nothing toooo sugary -- and the other is all veggies with water.

    You will never not get your full daily intake of veggies x5.

    Dandelion tends to be pretty bitter.

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