Green Smoothie Recipe





Introduction: Green Smoothie Recipe

This is an amazingly basic green smoothie recipe! It's a great base smoothie recipe to tweak to your liking with additional fruits and flavors. :D

This green smoothie includes pear or apple, spinach, ginger, and lemon. Yum! Great for everyday and especially when you're feeling under the weather stomach-wise. I've just come off antibiotics and my stomach's a mess - this smoothie was just what I needed!

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach, washed
  • 1 pear or apple
  • 1/2 - 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds (for thickening)
  • honey or agave nectar if needed to sweeten

And that's it!

You can freeze both the spinach and the ginger if you're worried about them going bad. :)

I'm using flax seed here to add a little body to the smoothie, as well as a little extra boost of good-for-you stuff. You can leave it out or even sub in a banana a thicker smoothie!

recipe via the kitchn

Step 2: Prep the Fruit and Veg

To measure the spinach, really press it down into the measuring cups. :)

Peel most of the skin off the piece of ginger and cut the lemon in half.

Take and stems and seeds out of the apple or pear.

Depending on what blender you're using, you may need to cut the fruit into smaller pieces, so keep that in mind!

Step 3: Add and Blend!

I like to add the water and flaxseed first so it has a second to mingle. Then the spinach. The fruit and ginger go on top to help weight the spinach down.

Squeeze the lemon juice on top and start blending. :D

Once it's blended, do a taste test. It's best to add your sweetener now because it will mix in better!

P.S. I'm using a Oster VERSA blender - bought it a year ago and I love it. It's half the price of a Vitamix but works just as nicely. :D

Step 4: Enjoy!

I like it as is, but the boy adds honey to his to make it a teeny bit sweeter. It's also great with ice when it's warm out. :)



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    Best spinach smoothie I've ever tried (and I have made many that I have never finished. Disgusting vegetable). This I will even make again.

    Yayay! I'm so happy you liked it. :D

    I felt the same way! So many green smoothies are eh at best - but this one is soooooo good.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! Never tried honey or ginger in mine, so I'll have to give that a shot.

    Honestly, it's to taste! I normally only add a tablespoon or so if I add any at all :)

    so nice

    Be careful with spinach. Spinach contains (mineral escaping my mind right now) that can cause liver and kidney problems when eaten excessively. Greens like Kale and Collard Greens (I'm almost positive) have little to no of this mineral and do not cause this problem. Of course, spinach is GREAT for you, but a varied diet is key to any good diet. I've been working with a green smoothie company for a year and (shameless plug) we have tons of great recipe ideas for you to try at home!

    Magnesium and manganese are in spinach and kale and three times more in swiss chard. If you avoid spinach for this reason you would have to avoid every other type of plant food on our planet! Mg is the center of the chlorophyll molecule, really? You get Mg and Mn more from other sources, too many to mention. Vitamin K and A are also in spinach and kale. Also, wonderful carotenoids are abundant...anti cancer compounds. And there are tens of thousands of micronutrients in spinach and kale. A varied diet is always a great idea but "be careful?" Please be careful not to eat enough GBOMBS! I'm a biochemist and none of us get enough Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds. Spinach and Kale are one of the very few sources of Vitamin K, blood clotting factor. None of us really eat enough spinach or kale unless they plan on making a smoothie every day for a year. When you take a whole bag of spinach or kale leaves and compress them down you are talking a very small weight or amount. And there is absorption, which is not efficient without the correct oils/fats eaten at the same time. There are losses after the greens are harvested. Our soils have also been depleted of minerals. People are obsessed with macro vitamins and minerals when none of us get enough micronutrients.

    I have been having an organic green smoothie every day for a year now (16-32oz every morning) and suggest it to whoever has the ability to, which is why I brought this up. Greens like dandelion greens, mizuna greens, and even stinging nettle are very nutrient dense lesser known superfoods you can add too. I just don't recommend a single green for a proper year-round nutrient intake. Great recipe though!

    We went on an all juice diet 3 years ago for six weeks straight and I lost 30 pounds in that time. Once the "fast" was over, we slowly began to introduce good whole foods back into our diet, and rarely stray from it. For anyone reading this, I can attest this is an **awesome** juice mix right here, and good for you, just one thing: **Do not juice raw Kale.** I can't even believe Starbucks is offering Kale smoothies. Kale is a crucifer, and all crucifers need to be at least steamed before consumption or it will begin to mess with your hormonal balance, both men and women. You don't have to take my word for it, search the web for kale and hormonal balance you you'll find plenty of medical studies to back it up. But spinach base, oh yeah. :-)