(green smoothie in disguise.)
also known as the prettiest color of smoothie.
however, when you're making a literal green smoothie and you can get it to look actually green and not brown, that's also the prettiest color of smoothie. :)
i want all my smoothies to be JUICY JUICY. not icy and bland.
but, i recently had a revelation. just because you're adding as much fruit as you can possibly fit to the tippy top of your blender, it doesn't really mean it's that much healthier for you. that's actually a ton of sugar. natural sugar, still, but an overdose!
so, your ratio of greens has to be huge to balance out the fruit sugars. or you might as well just go have a milkshake!
kidding, but think about it.... you'd never sit down and drink a tall glass of orange juice, eat 2 bananas, 1/2 a pineapple, 8 strawberries, whateverwhatever..... but somehow if we're able to blend all those items into smoothie form, it makes it all "okay" and actually, "supa healthy!" which is probably not the case at all.
anyway, i've just been more aware of the greens to fruit ratios lately.
i find that a mixture of orange juice and pomegranate juice makes for the j u i c i e s t smoothies.
i also always add a bit of ginger to my fruit smoothies because i love it and feel like it heightens the juiciness factor - but if ya hate it, skip it.
the gourmet gardens ginger paste is super delicious and much easier to deal with than real ginger, so i love using it in smoothies. it speeds up the process a lot. people say you don't necessarily have to peel fresh ginger to use it, but i don't like the hard skin chunks so i always take the time to peel it. pete & i also use the gourmet gardens garlic paste when laziness strikes in the kitchen - so, all of the time. ha!
you want the greens to make up at least 50% of the smoothie, or else it's kind of a fruit sugar overload. spinach has essentially zero sugar. you can't even tell theres at least 2 heaping cups of greens smashed in there, and you can't taste it either. dat stealth 4 your health.
i plopped some fresh raspberries in the finished product as well. they're a fun little smoothie surpriZe when you get 'em.
Pomegranate Raspberry Green Smoothie
Time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup frozen raspberries + a handful of fresh raspberries
- 1 large banana
- 2 heaping cups spinach or juicing greens
- 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
- 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice (+ a splash extra if necessary)
- 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, or 1 TB of Gourmet Gardens ginger paste
In a high speed blender, add the juices on the bottom and the remainder of ingredients on top. Blend on high for 2-5 minutes to pulverize the spinach or greens. Taste occasionally and add extra raspberries or pomegranate juice if necessary.