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I don't personally own a high-powered blender for smoothies. I do, on the other hand, happen to live practically next door to a local fruit-and-vegetable seller who decided to boost her business by making a very special offer. For just the price of the produce you buy, she'll turn anything you want into a wonderfully healthy and energy-inducing smoothie.
Given that I got fed up with carrying large amounts of fruits and veggies meant for my juicer home, and that lazy me thinks washing a juicer up is actually quite the hassle, I have already taken her up on the offer on numerous occasions. At first, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store: I could pick anything! After going absolutely crazy a few times and ending up with rather disgusting smoothies, Fruit-And-Veg Lady offered some very useful tips.
The key to a good smoothie that actually has a nice taste is, apparently:
- Two parts water
- Two parts greens
- Three parts fruit
Then, there are two more things to take into account. First off, more variety doesn't necessarily make for a better smoothie. Two, three, or four different ingredients is quite enough — perhaps, if you like, with an added dash of lemon, some ginger, or some nuts or seeds. Secondly, healthy green smoothies don't save you from that mid-afternoon sugar crash by default. To prevent yourself from crashing after an initial sugar high, you need to choose low glycemic index fruits. Those include apricots, oranges, grapefruits, pears, apples, mangoes and papayas. If you're not too fond of bitter-tasting stuff, you may also want to add some extra honey. Don't forget about the extra water, or your smoothie will likely be hard to chug down.
OK Then — Where Are The Recipes Already?
I'll just throw a few out there, all of which I personally tried.
- Two parts spinach, two parts water, three parts orange
- One part kale, one part spinach, two parts water, three parts orange and a little ginger
- Two parts spinach and mint, two parts water, three parts blueberries and strawberries
- Two parts kale and avocado, two parts water, half a small beet, and a banana.
- Two parts collard greens, two parts water, three parts mango, grapes, and cucumber.
- Two parts kale and dandelion, two parts water, three parts pineapple, carrot and orange.
- Two parts avocado and spinach, two parts water, three parts apple and pear.
Note: All of these smoothies will taste good with added walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, or dried cranberries. You can add yogurt to anything that doesn't contain citrus fruits without any issues, and crushed ice cubes give you a "freezer" instead. Honey, cinnamon, or a bit of cardamom can be added for taste. Indeed, the "two parts" water recommendation is a general guideline: in order to avoid overdoing it, always start off with a little water and add according to your needs: some smoothies naturally end up being more watery. Finally, make sure to run your blender on slow before speeding up.