When I first got my Vitamix blender I thought making smoothies would be as easy as throwing in a bunch of fruit and veggies and pressing start, you know, as they do on the infomercials. That first day, I woke up as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to sneak kale into the kids’ fruit smoothies. I think I threw in some frozen strawberries, blueberries, an apple, a banana, some carrots, a piece of celery, and a big handful of kale. I added ice and coconut milk and pressed start. As soon as the machine began to whir, the kids came running in anticipation of their promised smoothies.
I knew there was a problem right after the machine started. My delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie was brown! The kids started making faces and groaning. They didn’t stick around too long after that. I had to beckon them back to the kitchen for a taste test. They wanted nothing to do with the “diarrhea smoothie” as my son aptly named it. Honestly, I don’t even think it tasted that good. It tasted like some weird version of virgin bloody mary. Well, I learned a few lessons that day. I don’t enjoy celery in my fruit smoothies, appearance is extremely important, and following recipes is probably a good idea until you get the hang of things.
Since that day, I have followed some recipes and I have experimented a little more on my own. I tend with all recipes to take bits and pieces from multiple sources and combine them to create something suitable to my tastes and desires. More often, I am constrained by what I have on hand. This smoothie came about when I was showing a few friends of mine what the Vitamix could do. I made a few different smoothies for them that day. A smoothie tasting if you will.
I wanted to cover all the bases, so I made a fruit smoothie, an almond milk smoothie, and of course a green smoothie. All were received very well. Initially, the green smoothie was met with a significant amount of skepticism but they were pleasantly surprised by the taste. I then made it for my husband and me to share on the way to my son’s hockey practice one afternoon, and he drank the whole thing! He said it was his favorite smoothie yet. Now that says something…either he was just really hungry, my other smoothies were bad, or maybe, just maybe, this smoothie is that good. Either way, it says something! So here is the recipe. Decide for yourselves!
Recipe type: Smoothie
1 handful of ice (I use coconut water ice) 1 frozen banana 1 handful of kale ½ green apple ½ avocado ½ cup coconut milk (or your milk of choice) 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Enjoy!!