Love is in the air with this delicious treat!
First, I must share a little fact about me! Some of you may already know that I am not the biggest fan of smoothies – not because they aren’t super nutritious – but because I simply don’t like cold drinks! I even drink just plain hot water – yep, that’s right…plain hot water! But that said, I am trying to drink more smoothies because they really are delicious and are a bonus for a healthy lifestyle! I can get a nutritious meal or snack VERY easily with smoothies! Another bonus is that cleanup is a breeze.
Here is one of my favorites– I call it Sweet Green Love. The slight sweetness balances the greens and makes me feel so good when I drink it!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 2 cups organic unsweetened coconut milk (or any other unsweetened non-dairy milk like almond, oat, or hemp!)
- 1 cup organic kale (big stems removed) – or 2 cups and don’t use the spinach
- 1 cup organic spinach – or 2 cups and don’t use the kale
- 1 cup organic green grapes (I keep these in the freezer, but fresh is fine!)
- 1 organic granny smith apple (cored & quartered) – peeled if you want a “smoother” juice or if you don’t like the skins! Keeping the skins on does add more fiber.
- 3 dates, pitted – this is OPTIONAL! If you want some extra sweetness or if you are just starting to adapt your palate to a more “green” diet, then try adding the dates initially!
- 1 scoop Garden of Life organic vegan vanilla powder – this is OPTIONAL! This will give you some extra nutrients and protein!
- 1 TBSP organic hemp seeds
- ½ tsp. Navitas naturals organic turmeric powder
I use a Vitamix and set it to the Smoothie cycle. But I do run that cycle twice. The total time to blend is about 1 – 2 minutes. This will depend on the blender you use though – simply blend until your desired consistency.
Smoothies are versatile and you can easily swap ingredients and adapt the thickness (for example add banana for a thicker smoothie or use more liquid for a thinner creation). I share this recipe just as a guideline and encourage you to modify it to your liking. I usually use a base of 2 cups of non-dairy milk and 3 – 4 cups of veggies/fruit. The powders and seeds are optional but always a nice addition. I can get 2 large or 3 small smoothies out of one batch and they will easily last in the fridge for that time.
Here are a few tips to consider for making smoothies a snap…
- Buy large containers of spinach and fresh kale and clean it and bag it as soon as you get it. This makes these greens super accessible to quickly add to a smoothie (or any dish for that matter!).
- Use bagged frozen fruit versus fresh to avoid having to clean/cut. You get just as many nutrients as with fresh fruit and have fruits available even if they aren’t in season for your area.
- In the summer during months where fresh fruit or veggies are in season, consider buying extra and cleaning then freezing for easy addition to smoothies.
- If you like a thicker, creamier smoothie…add ½ to 1 FROZEN banana. When you buy your bananas, peel them, put them in a freezer-safe container, and put them in the freezer. They last a lot longer and they are in the frozen format that helps make your smoothies thick and creamy!
Lastly, cleaning the blender can be much easier than cleaning a juicer! Simply add enough water to cover the blades and a drop of dish-detergent and let the blender run on high speed for about a minute. Rinse out the blender and let air dry! Of course, a good extra “scrub” may be required occasionally, but doing this quick detergent rinse can help to keep the blender clean.
Enjoy your creations and please leave me a comment or reach out to let me know how it goes! Cheers!
Thanks for veggin’ out with me, The Happy Vegan! 😊