Happy Fiesta Friday! This week’s event is hosted by Margy and Sylvia – thanks lovely ladies! Angie from A Novice Gardener, is the creator and instigator of this weekly party precinct, for which this is my third attendance. The fellowship and connection with other fabulous bloggers from those weeks has been fantastic, and I am looking forward to another great time. Please come and join the party – click on any of the links in this paragraph to find more info.
As I’m from the land Down Under, 4th July isn’t the celebration of patriotism currently underway in the USA. I’m more than willing to join in your celebrations though :). Alas my offering for this week’s party is not red, white or blue – rather it’s green. A lovely, lip-smacking green smoothie. What better way to join in a party than to lift a glass, give a clink, then sip (or slurp as the case may be) away. This beverage has the added bonus of being ridiculously good for you too, so you can imbibe as freely as you would like. I hope you enjoy!
Original RFD Recipe – Green Tea Smoothie (serves 2)
This recipe does take some forward planning, though I usually have the frozen ingredients in my freezer as staples.
- 250 ml cold green tea
- 1 tart apple (eg Pink Lady), cored and diced
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 2 good handfuls baby spinach (approx 1 cup)
- Chunk fresh ginger, approx 1cm x 2cm, peeled and sliced
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
- 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, sliced
- 1 frozen banana
- 2/3 cup frozen (fresh) pineapple
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1/2 lemon, peeled, seeded and quartered
- 1/2 lime, peeled and quartered
- Make green tea in advance and allow to cool
- Wash and chop fruit and vegetables
- Place tea in blender or Thermomix
- Add spinach and mint
- Add remaining ingredients
- Blend until smooth and creamy (Thermomix – 1 minute speed 8)
- Pour into tall glasses or Mason jars, garnish with additional mint and enjoy!
If you aren’t accustomed to drinking green smoothies, you may find some of these ingredients utterly bizarre. I did too until I sampled smoothies that included things like zucchini and avocado. These both add a lovely creaminess to the smoothie, and I rarely make one without one or the other.
The cucumber, lime, ginger and pineapple all provide a tangy, tropical freshness, as well as being packed full of nutrients.
This blend is a little tangy – if you would prefer a milder flavour, try omitting either the lemon or lime, or adding a tablespoon of raw honey.
I like my smoothies nice and thick – if you would prefer a thinner drink, simply add more liquid.