Dear Green Smoothie


Dear G.S.,

You seemed so popular. I thought I should give you a chance. After all, I love kale, celery, cucumbers, ginger, lemon. In fact, I have no doubt enjoyed all the ingredients together in a salad.

But, we need to talk. For me, something happens when I blend all your ingredients together … you taste like dirt.

Please don’t take this personally. It’s not you, it’s me. So many people start out their day with you. They really seem to like you.  I just don’t think we’re meant to be right now.

– A
Seriously, I’ve tried to enjoy green smoothies, really I have. I’ve played with different combinations of vegetables all in the hopes of stumbling upon the perfect flavor to delight my taste buds. Every time I eagerly grab that glass of bright green healthy goodness and take a hopeful gulp, the look of disappointment (if not disgust) inevitably washes across my face. I really want to like it, but I just don’t. It just doesn’t taste good. And if something doesn’t taste good, I have no interest in consuming it, no matter how good it is for me.
Now… I might be changing my tune.  I think I may have found my “gateway” green smoothie – Spinach and Banana. No, it’s not as nutrient packed as its more robust relative, but it’s a start. It doesn’t taste like dirt. In fact, I actually think it tastes good.

Photo by Renato Ghio
Spinach and Banana Smoothie
Serves 2
  • 2 bananas, coarsely chopped
  • 5 cups, raw spinach
  • 1/2 cup milk, preferably a full fat variety
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into two tall glasses.
Alternate Ideas
  • I highly recommend using a full fat milk in this recipe. I actually used raw milk. The fat is key to the rich and creamy flavor, but if that’s not your thing you can surely use a low-fat option. It’s up to you.
  • If you don’t consume dairy you can use any dairy alternative like almond, soy or coconut milk. It will change the flavor a bit, but it works.
Are you a fan or foe of green smoothies? Any combinations that you enjoy most?

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