For quite a long time I made the effort to have a green smoothie every day. But, like a lot of us I wandered off from that habit. I really can’t say why that happened, although it may have been related to my leap from working at Whole Foods, to starting Tenacious Acorn. It was definitely easy to walk over to the smoothie bar and custom order my daily dose of blended veggies and fruits, whereas now I’m my own Smoothie Queen. I keep saying I need minions, and this is a prime example of why!
But laziness is no excuse to neglect proper nutrition, and I’ve decided to resurrect my green smoothie habit.
Now I know there is some debate surrounding smoothies and their place in healthy diets. I’ve heard the arguments from the anti-smoothie crowd, which seem to center around the concept that we shouldn’t drink our calories, and that people use smoothies as an excuse to have too much sugar (n the form of fruit and added sweeteners). I’ll say this about that— I think smoothies can be a valuable way to up your consumption of raw veggies and fruits, thus providing essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and healthy fats. You may have noticed that this recipe is for a green smoothie, not a choco-nutty-butter smoothie. ‘Nuf said.
As with all of my recipes, adjust the ingredients and amounts to your taste. This is especially true for any spices and herbs I use, everyone has their own preferences and you need to make things taste good to YOU! My love of ginger or lemon may not matchup with yours, so use this as guide rather than a dictate.
Tenacious Acorn Green Smoothie
2 Cups leafy greens (use whatever you like or have on hand. I love spinach, kale, and mâche)
1/2-1 frozen banana (Whether you use a 1/2 or a whole banana depends on how sweet you like your smoothie, and your preferred carbohydrate intake)
2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
Juice from one lemon
1-2 stalks of celery
1/2 of a 6 inch cucumber
1/2 an avocado (not the peel, just the yummy insides)
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp Maca Powder ( I use raw Maca)
Cinnamon (to taste! I give a couple of good shakes from the spice jar)
A handful of shredded unsweetened coconut
8-12 0z of liquid (coconut water, coconut milk, kefir, plain water…basically whatever you like)
Put everything in the blender in the order listed and blend it up until it’s smooth. You may need to use a tamper to get it all going, and feel free to add more liquid if you need to. Smoothies are more of an art than a science, and you need to finesse them a bit to get them just the way the you like.
This Green Smoothie works great as a small meal, or a substantial snack. You can also use it as a base for a Green Smoothie bowl, and then top it with nuts, chopped fruits, seeds, etc. You can see mine on my Instagram, just look for @tenaciousacorn on there.
I hope you’ll give this a whirl (pardon my pun!) and let know how you like it!