Green Drink Smoothie Recipe

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Yep, Ben and I jumped on the bandwagon of this whole “raw food”, juicing, smoothie craze that’s going on.  And you know what, it’s been the most amazing bandwagon to be on.  It’s been three weeks since we started drinking two of these green drinks a day.  I’m anemic and Ben has psoriasis. So between my exhaustion and his dry skin, we have been looking for some form of “natural” relief.

We’ve tried vitamins and prescriptions without noticeable results. And after only 4 weeks of Green Drinks, Ben and I can feel a huge difference.  We both feel a spike in our morning energy levels, our “bathroom” sessions have become regular and consistent (sorry if TMI), and Ben’s psoriasis has already started to subside–no joke!

In addition, Ben and I have started to include more protein and raw fruits and vegetables into our diet (a diet that has previously been jam packed with processed sugars and resturaunt food). But here’s the thing. Neither of us is in a place right now to change everything overnight. We still eat carbs–we just don’t binge. We still enjoy desserts and cookies. And I still haven’t kicked my diet soda habit (shame on me).

BUT…adding so many nutrients into our diet through these smoothies has lessened my cravings big time.  The goal is to ween myself off the diet soda completely in 6 more weeks.  I’m just not in a “cold-turkey” phase of life right now, so I’m making the little changes now that will lead to the BIG lifestyle changes in the near future.

Our first “health” goal was to gain more energy and feel less bloated.
Goal achieved–thanks to these green drinks.
For us, this has been the perfect kick start we needed to get our healthy lifestyle back on track.

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5.0 from 4 reviews

Green Drink Smoothie Recipe
 
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Detox, de-bloat and increase your energy with this nutrient rich green drink recipe filled with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
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Recipe type: Smoothie Drink
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups spinach
  • 1.5 cups kale
  • ½ a zucchini
  • ⅓ cucumber
  • ½ bunch parsley
  • 4-8 mint leaves (to taste)
  • 8-12 grapes
  • 2 carrots (or 8 baby carrots)
  • 1 lemon (peeled and seeds removed)
  • 1 orange (peeled and seeds removed)
  • 1 pear (cored, leave peel)
  • Additional Suggestions: pomegranate seeds, blueberries, apples, lime, kiwi, etc.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix Creation II).
  2. If using a Vitamix, set to Variable and gradually increase the speed until you reach 10. Blend until liquid.
  3. Turn off blender, then add 1 cup of ice. Blend ice until completely smooth. This will not make the drink slushy, but will help to chill it before drinking (which makes it taste much yummier).
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy!

 

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I do my best to use only organic ingredients in these drinks.
I add the mint because I love the fresh flavor it adds.  The pear, grapes and orange help sweeten it up a bit.

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This photo shows the water level. Note that the ingredients are still above the water line.  Start with less water because you can always add more.

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I like to add a cup of ice and blend until all ice chunks are gone–this helps to chill the drink before I pour it on ice.

greendrinkrecipeThe first three days of Green Drinking it, I had an upset stomach–clearly my body wasn’t used to the nutrient overload. But after those initial three days I adjusted and now I can’t go a day without one. Also, we have tried a bunch of different cups and these Bubba thermoses are the BEST! They keep the drink super cold, the ice doesn’t melt and there is no condensation. Plus they come with a travel lid and rubber straw making it easy to take them on the go. I send Ben to work with one every morning–it’s the least I can do since I’m not a “lunch-making” kind of wife. 

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I try to have a pitcher filled in the fridge at all times. That way if I am having a huge craving for something salty and sugary and chocolatey, I have this drink on hand to help subside my craving (it works about half the time).

I would LOVE to hear what you put in your Green Drink–we need some new variations over here.

A few additional green drink recipes and resources:
Dr. Oz’s Green Drink
Raw Family Gren Smoothie Recipes
Drink Green For Health at SheKnows

Next up with my Vitamix: baby food making, appetizers, soups and desserts–wahoo!

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*I was given the Vitamix Creation II to review. As always, all opinions are my own and I am completely head over heels in love with my Vitamix.

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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Comments

  1. this looks amazing!! thanks for the extra motivation! =) your pictures make everything look so delectable.

  2. My hubby has psoriasis and my son was having the same issues – also with the TMI part of the morning routine. Hubby thought it was kinda normal. I disagreed. Son started having serious diarahea and we switched to gluten free for just 5 days to see what happened. IMMEDIATE CHANGE. Now, almost a year later, David has serious “attacks” when he eats wheat and I can tell when hubby has snuck a donut or something, because he farts like a mad thing. David’s skin clears almost right up when he’s eating clean. hubby’s has been that way for so long, I’m not sure it will ever be “normal” (plus who can see it under all the bear rug?). So long story short (not really, sorrry about that), changing your diet is a very positive change. We try so hard to not just replace everything with gf bought stuff, which often tastes bad and is super expensive.
    We have yet to try the green smoothie drink. I think I need to try one first because I feel like it is one of those things that people say taste good but really everyone is gagging them down. Now I have a solid recipe, I will give it a real good try…

  3. We do this too – I will try your recipe…my 11 yr old was found to be anemic last week, but she also has Crohns so raw veggies are impossible and no fruits with seeds, peels or acid. So that leaves bananas. I am trying to make these shakes for her and just leave a few things out. When I do not have time to blend with my magic bullet I grab a Green Naked drink at the store on the go!

    • I have absolutely no knowledge of Crohns (even though members of my family have been diagnosed with it–shame on me), so I have no idea what sort of dietary restrictions there are, but at Rage Against the Minivan, Kristen had a banana-almond-oatmeal smoothie. I’m not sure if it is something you could try with your daughter or not, but here is the link:
      http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/03/banana-almond-oatmeal-milkshake-gluten.html

      • Yum! Thank you so much – I even just started using stevia which that recipe calls for. It looks so good I think I will also have one of these with her – I am going to buy the green drink ingredients tomorrow and I am going to try this as well – thank you!!!!

  4. I’ve heard these juices need to be consumed within a few minutes to maximize nutrient intake…which can make it a bit of a pain in the butt. I’m glad to see someone storing it in the fridge. Glad the side effects are so positive for you and Ben!

  5. We followed one of the “fat sick and nearly dead” juicing plans two years ago and became vegan afterward. We felt so great that we didn’t want to reintroduce meat back into our bodies. Love our vitamix too :)

  6. I make green drinks every day, but I have never tried using grapes or zucchini. I’ll try it next time!

    The Grass Skirt

  7. I started doing “green” smoothies too! Adding spinach and greens to frozen fruit and juice- and instant breakfast!!! That is healthy and tastes good too.

    xoxo, Misty

  8. Kiersten says:

    I am curious if you have given this to your boys? Do they like it? We have been looking at vitamix’s but they are pretty spendy but from what we have heard they are worth the investment.

  9. I SO wish I could add a Vitamix to my kitchen! I made green smoothies for the longest time before I started drinking Shakeolohy and I still like to have them in my meal plan! Check out http://www.lindawagner.net she has a bunch of smoothie recipes as well as other great ones to try out :)

  10. Brittney says:

    You know how I feel about green drinks. Sheer magic. I love chia seeds in mine. I also love one I found in a real simple magazine that has grapes, lots of spinach and coconut milk. Also, if you are into it, i use unsweetened green tea as the liquid sometimes when I need a little caffeine. idk how you feel about that, just throwing it out there.
    xo

  11. Margaret says:

    Really glad this is working out for you and thank you for sharing your thoughts, you are an inspiration. I have had an unsettled tummy for a while now and have been looking at my diet. I think I need to cut out bread products (makes me bloated), have smaller portions of carbs and up the protein. I struggle with some veg and most fruits so I need to adapt your recipe and see what I can do with what I do like.

  12. Vanessa says:

    I absolutely love my Vitamix 7500 and my green drinks!

    Thanks for this new recipe, can’t wait to try it out!

  13. This was just the post for me! I have felt SO yucky lately. I really need a big, fat, kick in the booty!

  14. Love seeing that you can use a blender! I’ve been wanting a juicer but haven’t yet. I’m going to try making our blender work fr now!

  15. Loved the idea and pics so much that I went to the store after class and picked up the items I didn’t have at home (grapes & pears). Made the recipe and LOVE it! This drink actually tastes good. Kind of like the flavor of kiwi. I did add fresh grated ginger. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration!

  16. Thank you for this recipe! I’m curious, do you give this to your kids as well? Do they like the taste or do you have to do something to jazz it up for them?

  17. I love green smoothies! I think my favorite part about them is that you can seriously put in whatever tickles your fancy. This looks like a fantastic recipe. I will have to try it next time! (I LOVE green veggies, but the only way I can stomach kale is when its blended or in a soup).

    I’ll be really curious what your juicing diet can do for the hubs psoriasis. Please keep us posted!

  18. I don’t think I’ve ever had a green smoothy, but I’m seriously tempted now. As soon as this baby evacuates I’m going to radically change the way I eat and move. Green smoothies may just have to become a part of my diet.

  19. heather says:

    Simple Green Smoothies does 30 day challenges. I did one in April and loved it!. Their next one is in July; you get weekly smoothie recipes & grocery lists. Check out their website & FB page for information, plus their website has lots of recipes. I did a May green smoothie challenge also through Unconventional Kitchen. I wasn’t as impressed with it but a lot of the FB group loved it. I don’t have kids and it seemed more geared towards those with kids.
    http://simplegreensmoothies.com/
    http://www.unconventionalkitchen.com/

  20. Kristen over at Rage Against the Minivan has a few recipes that I really like: http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/02/smoothie-test-kitchen-three-recipes-for.html
    The only downside is, this sheltered not-quite-a-foodie has no idea what kefir is, or where to find it.
    she also has a banana almond smoothie that I like:
    http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/03/banana-almond-oatmeal-milkshake-gluten.html

  21. Our smoothie around here is frozen blueberries, kale, spinach,yogurt, hemp hearts, hemp oil, and coconut water or almond milk!

    We drink them almost every day!

    Some times we add in other fruits and veggies, but we ALWAYS use hemp. The health benefits are unbeatable.

  22. Sandi Grayson says:

    I love your Blog. Just thought I’d let you know, not only does Mike and I juice everyday, but, so does our dog. He loves it!

  23. shannon says:

    I gave up my diet soda addiction in may 2013. it was rough because i love me some dt. mt dew.
    good luck – you can do it!!

  24. Shannon says:

    I have wanted to try juicing for about 2 months now after watching “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” but haven’t had the courage yet because it looks NOT so great! Does it taste good?? I may just have to try it. I had to go gluten free a year ago because I was sooooo sick and that has helped a ton. Now when I eat wheat or any gluten I get terribly sick and my body hurts for a week! Its like a truck ran me over. Giving up really good pizza was SO hard! But I have learned to make a good GF one! I also gave up pop/soda about a year ago too (I was addicted to Coca Cola!) and replaced it with Advocare’s Spark! LOVE IT. I have to drink it every day! I will try this juicing recipe! Thanks for the inspiration!! I think it will be one more step to feeling great all the time!

    • trufadog says:

      Instead of juicing, make a smoothie because you will feel fuller, and get more fiber and nutrients from the whole food. My kale, ginger, lemon, mint, rosemary, persimmon drink is so good that my High School students have tried it and loved it. It tastes like a lemon ginger smoothie even though it is green.

  25. Nichol Jordan says:

    LOVED the recipe. My only question is: Do you feel like you don’t want to eat? So, you only consume this instead of meals? That is how I have been feeling while drinking one in the morning on the way into work. Come lunch time, I still feel fulfilled but know that I should be eating.

  26. It looks like you are using a blender, not a juicer, do you strain the pulp or drink all?

  27. magnificent publish, very informative. I ponder why the other
    experts of this sector don’t understand this. You should continue your writing.
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  28. trufadog says:

    I cut up whole lemons with seeds, and skin. I freeze them in quarters. I also cut and freeze organic ginger. I put in two frozen lemons, parsley, rosemary, mint (all from our garden except the ginger), kale (about two cups), dried dates or dried persimmons or frozen apricots (all foraged in our town). I mix it all in my vitamix with about a cup of water kefir and a cup of water. Very yummy! I use dried dates to sweeten it if needed.

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