|Green Smoothies will curl your toes|
In the Blendtec regular sized 2 q.t jar place the following ingredients in order:
2 cups cold, purified water
2-3 handfuls of spinach mixed with coarsely chopped chard, kale, collards, or beet greens (be generous with the greens. That's where the greatest nutrition is)
2-3 2-inch chunks of organic squash, cucumber or carrot (I look for mostly neutral flavored veggies)
a chunk of cantaloupe, apple, orange, fresh pineapple, mango, etc.
fresh and/or frozen berries or frozen "festival blend" fruit
1/2-1 frozen or fresh banana
1 sm. handful raw pumpkin seeds
1 T or so ground flax seeds and/or wheat germ
That's the usual these days. I frequently process through two smoothie cycles. The trick is not to add too much water (tune in to the YouTube in your mind to see the chartreuse mess I had last Saturday when a smoothie tsunami spewed all over my face, clothes, shoes, the stove, the counter, Laurel's shoes, the rug, floor, etc.! I learned that the new Blendtec jar holds 1.5 x the old, not 2x). Make sure that total ingredients do not extend much above the lid line, and keep your hand on the lid, at least for starters. Consider goggles, too ;).
Also desirable is keeping the sugar content as low and the leafy veggies as high as you can while still enjoying the smoothie. Thus, the banana is mostly to give the smoothie that familiar, down home flavor, and not something you want extra of. The big kids leave it out. We're not there yet. It's good to keep pineapple and other sweet fruit to a minimum too.
Other occasional additions (unpopular in some very local circles) are a wedge of uncooked beet, cabbage, or a piece of fresh ginger. I make 'em, and I like 'em. I don't really like what celery does for the taste of a smoothie. Ditto broccoli, bell peppers, etc. Costco is a great source for the spinach (get the big bag, not the carton, if you are really going to make a lot of smoothies), and the frozen berries and festival fruit mix. Sometimes a green smoothie will be green. Occasionally it will be brown, and when you are lucky (with beets, beet greens and berries), gloriously ruby colored.
Green Smoothie Girl say it is optimal to drink up to a quart of green smoothie a day, and Dr. Joel Furhman (Eat to Live) would surely agree. A smoothie will retain it's nutritional powers for three days in the fridge.
Of course, green smoothies can be much more varied than this. I have a free app called "Green Smoothie" that has smoothie and blended "soups" ideas. Those I have tried have been very tasty. I usually just wind up putting in what I have in the fridge, but it can be fun to be intentional about it.
The green smoothie is a family obsession lately. Most days, Rachel and I drink ours at home, Dad at work or on the way to work, and Laurel and Micah when they get home from school. Sometimes Hannah, Fei Fei or Derek will imbibe (Derek's was just a shot glass size for starters). If you'd like to be further inspired to do something wonderful like this for your health, look for Green Smoothie Girl online or see her when she comes to town. Of course, she's not the only one doing it. We're all doing it!
We all feel so much better.
PS Excepting its initial tantrum, the new 3 qt. Blendtec "Wildside" jar has been a boon for making big batches.