The recipe for my favorite easy and delicious green smoothie is below, but first, a little story.
I was really sick the first time I learned how to make a green smoothie. I was sick in most of the ways a person can be sick — I had a nasty cold, I was suffering from untreated anxiety and depression, and I was self medicating my symptoms with whisky hot toddies, the occasional stolen pill, and the insanity of relationship drama. In every way, I felt terrible.
Fortunately, a life angel had appeared in my world who was gently teaching me about becoming willing to change, exercise, and nutrition. One day she announced that it was time to make my first green smoothie. We went to the grocery store and she put unfamiliar ingredients in my cart. She blended the veggies and powders and nut milks together and gave me a tall glass with a straw. It was kind of gross and kind of good, and I felt a little more calm in my mind, like a step had been taken towards something better than what I had been doing.
On a phone call the following week, I proudly told my teacher that I’d drank green smoothies all week. She said she was proud of me, and then she said:
“By taking this step, it’s like you’ve moved into a new home, a castle, with rooms and treasures beyond your wildest imagination, and now you get to explore those rooms, one at a time, and discover the riches that have been waiting for you all your life.”
A number of years later, I can report that she was right. As I became willing to change, I did change. So many new practices, teachers, and tools appeared in my life and I have been getting to discover new rooms of the castle of my being as each season of change arrives.
Right now I don’t drink green smoothies every single day. It seems as though I go through cycles where I want them daily and then don’t have one for a few months. Whenever I return to the green smoothie lifestyle, or I meet someone new who wants to learn how to drink their greens in a yummy way, this is the recipe I rely on.
This recipe is adapted from the Simple Green Smoothies team.
Make a 16oz Peaches & Cream Green Smoothie
2 oranges (peeled and de-seeded)
1/3 of a can of coconut milk
1 cup of spinach (an overflowing fistful will do)
5oz of frozen peaches (experiment with the amount)
Green Smoothie Tips & Tricks:
I use this KitchenAid blender.
Blend your greens with your liquid ingredient first, before adding any fruit.
Drinking green smoothies with wide “milkshake” straws is my preference.
I often save my ice coffee plastic cups and re-use them for my homemade green smoothies on the go. To me, those cups are like little kid sippy cups for grownups.
Want more green smoothie recipes? Check out these books:
Crazy Sexy Juice by Kris Carr
Simple Green Smoothies by Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner
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