I haven’t been cooking anything fun lately – just a lot of random foods pieced together to make a meal. I am, however, obsessed with my new Vitamix, and am making smoothies daily.
Here’s a great recipe for you to try if you are interested in trying to incorporate more greens & veggies into your smoothies – but still keep it sweet.
Here’s what you need (for 1 serving): 1 orange, 1/2 banana, handful of spinach leaves, 1 celery stalk, 1/2 persian cucumber (or 5 slices of regular cucumber), 6 fresh mint leaves, 1 t. chia seeds (optional), and 1/2 cup light lemonade (or water and fresh lemon juice).
Simply peel the orange with a pairing knife – and reserve a 1″ slice of the zest to add to the smoothie – slice celery and cucumber into 1-2 inch pieces – remove the mint leaves from the larger stems — throw everything into a heavy duty blender.
Note: I was using a food processor for a long time before I splurged for this new blender. I bought directly from vitamix.com and chose the refurbished model. It was about $100 less and has the 5 year warranty on it – I’m very happy with my choice so far. You can easily make this smoothie in a less powerful machine – but be prepared for it to have a thicker and more chunky texture. My dad also got a Vitamix a few weeks before me…..we’re obsessed!
Blend for 30-60 seconds – add more or less light lemonade to your preference – the consistency of this is a thick juice.
And that’s it. A seriously quick, healthy option for a breakfast or afternoon snack. I like to have one of these when I get home from work because it reduces my urge to snack right away.
Also – this is just a suggestion of ingredients based on what I had available. Other ingredients that are amazing to try: fresh ginger, lemons, limes, nectarines, and apples – just to name a few. Adding in other dark greens, like kale or broccoli – is also pretty fun. But this is an easy and fairly tame take on the veggie smoothie.