This post focusses on my tried and tested ‘Detox Green Smoothie’ recipe. Since the beginning of the year I have been drinking a number of smoothies regularly – usually to start my day. See earlier posts. This green smoothie is one of my recent creations. It contains many green elements: avocado, kale, kiwi, celery and pear. Sweet and savoury blends are the best way to go when making green smoothies to avoid the unappetising watery-veg-puree which will often occur if you fail to add anything naturally juicy, such as a pear, to a smoothie containing leaves such as kale.
The smoothie is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fibre. In addition, the water adds hydration and naturally occurring sugars provide energy. This is an ideal smoothie to drink in the morning but can easily be enjoyed at any time of the day. If you have never eaten kale before, though, it may be better to use spinach first as it will ease you into the taste of green smoothies (spinach is milder and easier to blend). Also, if you have a hand blender rather than a full-sized blender then spinach may again be a better option as the result will be smoother. You can use a hand blender with the kale if you don’t mind a more textured smoothie. I use kale with both hand blenders and full-size blenders as I’m not fussed but I know other people who insist on smoothies perfectly smooth so the option is yours!
Here is the recipe:
1 cup raw kale
- 1/2 of a ripe hass avocado
- 1/2 kiwi
- 3/4-1 cup water (depends how thin you like the smoothie)
- Approx. 1/4 stalk celery
- 1 ripe conference pear
1. Make sure everything is washed, peeled, and in suitably sized pieces.
2. Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth
3. Check consistency to decide if you would like to add more water.
4. Serve and enjoy
Note: Green smoothies are not to everyone’s taste but they are VERY good for you so hopefully you’ll enjoy this one!
If you would prefer a completely different type of smoothie, try this ‘Tropical Dream’ smoothie (recipe here).
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