Since at this time of year, everyone seems to have an abundance of greens coming from the garden, I thought I’d share my favorite green smoothie recipe. I shared it a couple weeks ago on my birth blog, but that you might appreciate it too.
This recipe was given to me by my midwife, Jen Anderson-Tarver, but I’ve played with it a bit to suit my personal tastes and moods.
To a blender add:
1/2 pound kale, tough stems removed
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup sliced frozen peaches, or approx. 1 frozen peach, unsweetened
And 1 of the following of your choice: either 1 whole carrot, 1/2 a banana, OR 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Blend until smooth, pour into glasses and enjoy!
The original recipe calls for the half a banana, but I don’t really care for bananas in smoothies. They are a bit too sweet for me. I like to substitute the carrot, which is a little sweet, but not too much, and since I don’t otherwise like carrots much, it’s a good way for me to sneak them into my diet. The blueberries are a good choice if you don’t want your smoothie to actually be green… great for those with an aversion to green foods. We’ve also substituted spinach for kale, though I prefer the kale if we have it.
This is the smoothie H and E ask for over and over. Rick usually makes it with a carrot for me, and they like it just fine. They’ve even bragged to the neighborhood kids about how good it is. Of course, E has been known to run from me stuffing handfuls of spinach into his mouth before I can make him come back inside. So fun having kids that like to eat their greens. How lucky are we!