Favorite Green Smoothie

This fiber and nutrient-packed smoothie has become my favorite way to start the day. By using whole fruits and vegetables, you are getting all the benefits of these power foods.

  • 1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 peach, cut into chunks (see tips)
  • 4″ cucumber, cut into chunks (about 1 cup)
  • 1″ piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 cups pure coconut water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 large kale leaves, torn into pieces
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach leaves

  • Add the apple, pear, peach, cucumber, ginger, lemon juice, coconut water and water to the pitcher of a high-powered blender (see tips below for more on this topic). Blend on high until smooth. Reduce the speed to medium and add the kale and the spinach a little at a time. When all the greens have been added, replace the top and return to high speed for another 30 seconds or so. The mixture should be very smooth and bright green. Store any unused portion in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid for up to a day. The color will not be as vibrant after a few hours, but this doesn’t affect the taste at all.
  • Quick Tips
  • 1. I’ve been using the last of the summer peaches in my smoothies lately, but once they’re gone I will revert to frozen. If using frozen, use about 1 cup of sliced peaches.
  • 2. I am always a little heavy handed with the ginger. I love the gentle heat it adds. I have added as much as 2″ ginger root, but you should consider playing around with this a little. It’s more palatable to little ones with a smaller amount, of course.
  • 3. I will admit I’ve not tried to make this in a “regular” blender. I use the Vitamix, which does a beautiful job making silky smooth purees from whole fruits and vegetables. My guess is that if you have a high-powered blender and cut the fruits and vegetables up pretty well, you’ll be just fine.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

8 responses to “Favorite Green Smoothie”

  1. Jan Richards says:

    Hi Alicia – wanted to share my current breakfast love — blackberries ( I’ve been using the frozen ones from Whole Foods), Greek yogurt and granola, put together parfait style. Layer the fruit and the yogurt and sprinkle with granola. This allows for taste…bulk food markets often have several types of granola, and its easy to select your favorite flavors and grains. Or make your own. Just keep the volume reasonable because the granola part can pack on some hefty calories, particularly the commercial kind!

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Alicia says:

      I love a granola parfait! It seems so decadent, like a dessert. And you are right – you have to go easy on the granola. Thanks, Jan! So nice to hear from you.

  2. Ellen says:

    Hi Alicia, I go off/on with the green smoothies in terms of routine. Your post has me inspired. Also, I like the peaches idea. We just got some Kiwi delivered from our CSA, I’m going to try that tomorrow am. PS – you could also add a little flax seed in there for additional protein and some nuttiness. xo

    • Alicia says:

      I’ve been using flax seed meal a bit lately. Haven’t put it in the green smoothie yet…but I don’t see why not! Great idea, Ellen.

  3. Debra says:

    Hi all, I like to add goji berries and a cube of frozen wheatgrass that I get in the frozen foods isle in WF. I also sometimes add de-bittered brewers yeast for all the micronutrients or maca powder or elder berry syrup if we need an immune boost. So fun!

    • Alicia says:

      Wow. That’s a lot of super foods! I’vebeen curious about maca powder. Who couldn’t use an immune boost, especially this time of year?

  4. Celia says:

    I’m inspired by your blog to get a Vitamix and start making nutricious and delicious drinks withouth burning the motor out on my blender! Can you recommend a model of the Vitamix? Thanks in advance and love your blog.

    • Alicia says:

      Hi Celia, thanks for the kind words. I have the most basic VitaMix. It had an on/off switch, a dial from 1-10 and a hi/lo switch. Very straightforward. There are fancier models you can set to make smoothies, soup, etc but I think you’ll be so impressed by the power of the motor that you don’t even need all that. Since I got mine, there is now a newer version with a shorter pitcher that fits under the counter. Good luck! I know you will ❤ it!

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