Have any of you ever had a homemade green drink/ juice? Is it not the most refreshing thing ever? Yes, they definitely take time but I have a base that I use each time I blend up a smoothie and it is by far the best base for any green drink. You can always modify it for your nutritional needs and I’ve found that I can add anything extra to it and it still tastes great. I have 4 kids and each of them (other then the baby) can finish off an entire 8 oz glass. If the smoothie is thick enough then I feed it straight to my baby for his morning meal, if it’s a little watered down all I add is some whole grain cereal to thicken it a little.
I call it a base because I almost ALWAYS have these ingredients on hand. The variety of fruits and veggies often depend on the season and whether or not they are in stock. But again in January or July I will still have my “every day use” produce. Ok so this is my list:
- frozen berries
I call it a base because if you put one of each of these in a blender, that alone does the trick and makes a really good smoothie that can easily stand on it’s own. Obviously I have some favorite tips and tricks to make it taste better but just to hurry and throw together… this is all ya need. Every time I put together a grocery list I always make sure I have these items. They make great snacks for the kids and they are a pretty good foundation for throwing quick meals together as well.
There is also no one way to make a green smoothie. I would call the ingredients in my list the “original green smoothie” But I also mix it up a bit depending on what I’m hoping to accomplish by making one. If all the kids are sick and we want some with a little more vitamin C I’ll throw in some cantaloupe, kiwi, bell pepper or the obvious choice… Oranges. But if I’m hoping for more greens I’ll do collard greens, kale, spinach and chard. Honestly it’s your choice.
I also recommend getting a good blender. I am seeeeriously a texture girl, I love it or I hate it. In a smoothie… (insert emoji with eyes squinted and tongue sticking out) no no no! Honestly it triggers my gag reflexes so I just can’t hack it but if it doesn’t bother you then awesome. After all the blenders I’ve tried I finally put a nice chunk of my money into the Vitamix. They have a few different kinds and some that are smaller and make sense for 1 or 2 people but like I said earlier, I make these for my entire family and the great big 64 oz fit the needs of me and my family perfectly. If the cost of the Vitamix is just too much to spend on a blender then there is also the Blendtec. I have some family members who didn’t want to spend so much and went with this option and they both do a really good job. (No chunks!) I honestly just love the Vitamix more. I feel like I have more control over the speed and duration because there are only on/off switches and dials but seriously they both get the job done and everything blends really really will.
Ok there is also a method to madness as well. Read up on the instruction manual on how to assemble your smoothie, (honestly however you decide will probably work) but I have bogged mine down before so if this is an issue for you then try it this way.
I put about a cup of liquid in the bottom. Then cut up my carrots and apples and they go in next. Then I put in my orange (pulled in to pieces), banana, tomato and celery (cut into pieces) I pack that down with a nice big handful of spinach and I top that off with a half a cup or whole cup of frozen berries. You can also add a little ice in the top as well. I also love to add just one scoop of my favorite chocolate protein powder, this seriously makes it easy for my kids to drink. Instead of complaints they are always asking me to make them a smoothie, and for me… that’s a win.
Let me know how you like it. Feel free to leave a comment on what you like to do. Watch for my post containing a few different recipes for green drinks. Thanks for reading.