Until recently I have been unable to make and enjoy green smoothies, and the only reason I can now is due to the food processor that now lives in my kitchen. I know I have mentioned my terrible blender before, but it really is quite terrible. The though of it making a green smoothie in my blender made me gag a little, but that has all changed.
This green smoothie is packed with greens, but it won’t taste like a tree, or like grass, I promise. I know that a green smoothie sounds scary, but I promise this one works for everyone. The Green Smoothie enthusiast and the newbie. You will not be dissapointed. And with the heat climbing this smoothie is a great way to cool down on a hot day!
The directions for this recipe are going to very slightly based on the type of blender you have. If you have a highspeed blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec, you can put all of your ingredients directly into the blender. However, if you are like me, and you have a horrible blender you are going to need to proccess your greens first. Or you can replace the kale with baby spinach.
I use two big leaves of Kale, and I remove the leaves from the stem, and I pulse in the food processor. I then, chop a cucumber into quarters and process until chopped up. In the blender I add one cup of water, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup mango, and one frozen banana. I pulse this until it is chunky. I then add in the processed kale and cucumber, and blend on high until smooth. If I think it needs more water to get it smooth, I will add upto a 1/2 cup of water.
- 1 Cup Water, plus ½ cup if necessary
- ½ Cup Mango
- 1 Cup Strawberries
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Cucumber chopped
- 2 Big Leaves Kale, destemmed
- Proccess Kale, until chopped.
- Add Cucumber to the food proccessor and process until chopped.
- Add 1 cup of water to blender.
- Add in Mango, Strawberries, and banana and pulse until chunky.
- Add in processed kale and cucumber, and blend until smooth. With a good blender this could take as little as 90 seconds, while I let my blender go for a good 3 minutes.
- Add more water if your blender is struggling, and keep blending until combined and smooth.
This recipe was made using local produce in support of the #buylocalchallenge please comment below and let me know if you are green smoothie enthusiast or a newbie!