I’ve been a smoothie-lover for years, but I could never find the perfect green smoothie. They were either too fruity/sugary for what I was looking for in a “green” smoothie, or lacking in taste (and they somehow always had cucumber in them, which for some weird reason, I can’t stand). After trying many different combinations in my Vitamix (sorry neighbors), I landed on this amazing blend. I made it for my family over Thanksgiving, and they ended up requesting it every morning.
This smoothie is loaded with greens (more than you’d even have in a salad), but it’s super smooth and balanced. I started with a big handful of kale and spinach, and added cilantro, parsley and mint to enhance the flavors. There’s half an apple to sweeten the blend, some avocado to make it creamier, and lemon and ginger to add a kick. I’ve added coconut water (with a little bit of water) as the base, which makes it extra refreshing and hydrating.
I love having this smoothie first thing in the morning. I always feel energized, clearheaded and all-around healthier—and I swear I can feel my skin glow. It’s also great later in the day, when you feel like you haven’t had enough greens (I’ll usually replace the coconut water with water to keep the sugar content down). At first glance, this might seem like a lot of ingredients (and my boyfriend does complain when it’s his turn to make this smoothie), but it’s so worth it! If you wash the greens the night before, it’ll be much easier to whip up in the morning.
- 1 large handful kale (about 1 cup)
- 1 large handful spinach (about 1 cup)
- 1 small handful of parsley (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 small handful of cilantro (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 small handful of mint (about 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 green apple, cored
- 1/4 avocado, peeled & cored
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup filtered water (or handful of ice)
Serves 1 (I usually make 2 servings, since this one has more ingredients. I’ll either share it or save it in the fridge for up to a day.)
- Prep all ingredients and wash thorougly. Buy organic if possible and soak them in a bowl of water and vinegar, then rinse off (this should get rid of germs/bacteria/pesticides).
- Add coconut water and water in a high-speed blender. Then add the rest of the ingredients. (In a nutribullet, tightly pack the ingredients in, then pour in the liquid.)
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into a jar and enjoy!
Photographs by Stephanie Park
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