On Sunday my dad asked me if I had ever heard of a “green smoothie”. On Monday my coach asked me the same question. I have been known to make smoothies from avocados (one avocado, three tablespoons sugar, some ice, some milk, blend, delicious) which are quite green in color, but that’s not what they were talking about. Far from being a dessert, as the avocado smoothie is, this smoothie is green because it’s made with spinach. Yes, that’s right, the stuff Popeye eats that make his forearms so big.
Other than spinach, the other ingredients aren’t mandatory. At least I don’t think they are. As far as I know there is no governing body that maintains guidelines as to what can be called a Green Smoothie and what cannot be, but apparently there is general consensus in the public domain that the smoothie cannot be called “green” unless it contains spinach, gets at least 40 miles per gallon, and has a hybrid sticker on it. Here is the recipe my coach passed on to me:
– Spinach, as much as you can handle. Buy in bulk from Costco and freeze.
– Water to preference.
– Flax seed oil. 2 Tablespoons per smoothie. Get from any health food store. Good Earth, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, etc.
– Berries and fruit of your choice, blueberries add the most sweetness.
– 1 scoop protein powder per serving.
He also told me that if I must sweeten it to use agave nectar rather than refined/processed sugar. But having made many smoothies in all my days, I think I’ll be ok with just berries.
Got any other recommendations for green smoothie ingredients? Do sound off.