The Perfect Green Smoothie

by Aug 9, 2022Recipes, South Brunswick

Healthy and refreshing green smoothies can win over even the most vegetable-averse palates.

I first heard about green smoothies several years ago but never wanted to indulge because fruits and vegetables aren’t high on my list. But seven years ago I was working out at the gym with my friend, Amy, and afterwards she said, “Let’s get a green smoothie.”

Being an agreeable sort of person, I told Amy okay. She took me to her favorite smoothie shop, pointed out the green smoothie on the menu and promptly ordered two cups.

Popping the straw into the cup I wondered what it would taste like. As Amy and I sat on a bench drinking our cool drinks, I thought it tasted pretty good. I told Amy my reaction and she laughed at the fact that I liked my green smoothie. Then she laughed even harder when I confessed that it was the first one I had ever had.

We each drove home and as I approached my doorway, I smiled to myself, vowing to have a green smoothie party the next time my relatives came to my place.

Calling my brothers, sisters and their spouses, we set a dinner date. At the appointed time, seven people arrived thinking we were having a regular dinner. Well, it was a regular dinner it just started off with a healthy drink.

Setting up my blender and placing all of the ingredients on my cutting board and kitchen counter, as the people entered, they looked over wondering what I was concocting. I hadn’t told them about my surprise — I just wanted to spring it on them.

Once everyone had arrived and sat down chatting amiably, I got to work placing the spinach, broccoli, a banana, milk or dairy substitute and ice in the blender and giving it a whirl.

After announcing that we were having green smoothies as an appetizer rather than the usual cheese, crackers and chips, I heard a lot of groans coming from the crowd. My younger sister, always a good sport, came over to assist with my endeavor. Once I’d blended the smoothies, she poured them into chilled glasses and handed them out to our relatives.

Watching their reactions, I was pleased to see that each one seemed to enjoy their green smoothies. Initially they had been skeptical of drinking a healthy drink, but I quickly told my relatives how skeptical I had been. They knew that I was into fitness, but no one would have said that I was leading the lifestyle of a health-food nut. I wasn’t a vegan or a vegetarian, but I was someone who now enjoyed drinking green smoothies.

green Juice Smoothie Recipe

My brother said his green smoothie tasted great, and my brother-in-law said it hit the spot. My older sister said that it was surprisingly filling so I held off a while on serving the entree.
The eight of us enjoyed our meal and lingered around the dining room talking about recent events.

When dessert time came, I jumped up to get the cake and pie from the refrigerator but everyone said pretty much simultaneously that they were too full. Laughing out loud, I stopped short then sat back down. I know how good green smoothies can be at filling me up.

We never did eat the cake and pie that night — everyone agreed that we could skip dessert.

Over the years I’ve experimented with different recipes for green smoothies. Sometimes I use more spinach and sometimes less. Occasionally I’ll have kale in the house but not spinach so I simply switch the ingredients. Sometimes I’ll add a handful of strawberries to the mix and if I don’t have any fresh strawberries in my refrigerator, I’ll use frozen strawberries. Frequently I’ll use cacao.

Adding a little of this and a little of that, sometimes I’ll add this vegetable or another. Sometimes I like it sweeter and other times I like it tart. Sometimes my green smoothies turn out green and on other days my guests are surprised to see that they’ve got a purplish hue – that’s when I’ve added a few blueberries to help make them taste sweeter.

What’s great about blending your own green smoothies at home is you can modify them any way you wish. I still play around with my ingredients and often it depends on how elaborate I want to get and it also depends on what’s handy in my refrigerator.

Phoning Amy the day after my green smoothie party, we had a good laugh after I told her about my company and their reactions. I credit Amy with converting me into a green smoothie aficionado because these days, given a choice between having a green smoothie or eating an ice cream cone, I always choose the green smoothie. And that’s a good thing that never ceases to amaze me!

Print Recipe
Green Smoothie
Healthy and refreshing green smoothies can win over even the most vegetable-averse palates.
green Juice Smoothie Recipe
Course Drink
Keyword kale, smoothie, spinach
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
Course Drink
Keyword kale, smoothie, spinach
Servings
drinks
Ingredients
green Juice Smoothie Recipe
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses.

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