- Spinach is very mild tasting and is the perfect addition to any smoothie. Vegetable-haters won't even know it's in there, and you can start with a few leaves, and sneak in more over time.
- Whenever possible, use organic ingredients. Conventionally grown produce like strawberries, apples, spinach, and lettuce can be heavily sprayed with pesticides.
- To quickly soften dates or nuts, cover with boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing and using. I love "bits" in my smoothies so I don't bother with this step - but it can make your smoothie smoothier.
- Blend tougher ingredients first before adding frozen fruit.
- You can use any milk you like in a smoothie, but my personal preference is organic whole milk or Oat milk.
- Smoothie recipes are approximations. Add more liquid if it's not blending well, and feel free to throw in a few flax seeds, or any other healthy additions to amp up the nutrition.
- Although a freshly made smoothie tastes the best, you can store one in the fridge for up to 24 hours. To do this, pour your smoothie into a glass container with a tightly fitting lid, like a mason jar. Pick a size you can fill to the rim to prevent air from being trapped in the jar and oxidizing the ingredients.
Kale and Date Smoothie
4 to 5 Tuscan kale leaves (remove the stems and cut the leaves into ribbon strips)
1/2 cup water
3 Medjool dates
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mangoes
1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews (or 1 tablespoon nut butter)
1 cup oat milk
Add kale and water to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add other ingredients and blend together.
If you're struggling to love kale, look for Tuscan kale (aka Lacinato, dinosaur, Italian, or flat leaf kale.) Curly kale looks pretty, but it can taste bitter. If you need to ease into green smoothies, you can substitute the kale for spinach, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, or beet greens - which all have a milder taste.
Turmeric Mango Smoothie
Matcha Mint Smoothie
Salty Peanut Smoothie
3/4 cup milk
1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter (unsalted)
1 -2 bananas (pre-sliced and frozen)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of "healthy" salt (Celtic or Himalayan)
Blend together until smooth and creamy.
* I like to use organic, unsalted peanut butter so I can use a healthier salt like Celtic or Himalayan and control how salty I want it.