Layered Green Smoothie Recipe

imageI love green smoothies.

When I first began looking into the Raw Food diet, and came across the green smoothie & juice trend, I must admit that I was skeptical.  However, I have been won over!

They are such a fantastic way of getting those leafy greens into your body (which, let’s face it, aren’t always the yummiest vegies to eat), along with all of their fabulous nutrients.

Smoothies are so quick an easy, and can be a snack, or an entire meal replacement.  For a crazy, busy life, they are a blessing.

I’ve been experimenting with various combinations, and have my Basic Green Smoothie down pat.  However, I felt like being a little artistic this week, and tried creating a layered smoothie.  My first attempt didn’t work so well, and it wound up looking more like an abstract painting.  Second attempt today worked much better!  Here is the recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

RFD Original Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 200ml almond milk
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 kale stems (leaves cut away from main stem)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled and segmented)
  • 1/2 orange (peeled and segmented)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Method

  • Put half of the almond milk, strawberries and half the banana into a blender and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth – set aside
  • Put remaining ingredients into the blender and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy
  • Put ‘green’ smoothie into your chosen glass
  • Pour the ‘pink’ smoothie over the back of a spoon on top of the green layer

My Notes

As the green layer is more dense, it sank through the pink layer, hence not creating a nice layer.  If you want a psychedelic effect, feel free to just pour it in and see what happens!

Pouring the pink layer over the back of a spoon helps it to sit on top rather than funneling down into the green layer.

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My Best Basic Green Smoothie Recipe

1898010_10202846805552462_1732105077_nHaving experimented with making green smoothies over the last few weeks, I have formulated my ‘basic smoothie’.

This can then be tweaked or adapted depending on the specific ingredients I have on hand, and to provide some variety.

When first trying green smoothies, I jumped straight for the kale – not such a good idea.  It has quite a strong flavour, and made the smoothies a little hard to take for a newbie.  It didn’t help that I just threw some other random ingredients in there hoping that it would taste OK.  Not always the case!

Therefore, after some trial and error, I have hit on the recipe for success!

My Basic Recipe (makes 2 serves)

  • 250ml coconut water
  • Half an orange (I like valencia’s as they are lovely and juicy), segmented and peeled
  • Half a lemon (put the whole segments in rather than juicing them), peeled
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1 large or 2 small bananas
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • Several fresh mint leaves
  • 4 ice cubes

Blend together until smooth and enjoy!

Alternatives or additions could include:

  • Kale or cos lettuce in place of spinach
  • Almond (or other nut) milk in place of coconut water
  • Add chia or flax seeds
  • Add your fruit of choice!