A Green Revolution

Have you noticed that every one is talking about green smoothies these days? Or is it just in my little world where people are whizzing up these healthy cocktails and extolling the virtues of drinking your salad?

Green smoothies are nothing new for the raw foodie types, but they are a relatively new addition to our menu. Last summer, during my mother-in-law's visit she prepared green smoothies in the afternoons for snack.

Green snacks are one thing but drinking a green breakfast is another! Damien and I have been doing just that for the last month and absolutely loving it. Damien's been wanting to do this for years but I've been stuck in an oatmeal and rice rut. This is a lovely change, especially for this time of year. My body craves greens and new growth. 

The kids have taken sips but have yet to embrace the green-ness (or brown-ness depending on the ingredients) of the experience. Brienne, who least likes vegetables, enjoys these drinks the most - go figure. I am still preparing other breakfasts for the children and I eat a bit of that also. A drink for breakfast, even with nuts added, just doesn't give me enough oomph in the morning. And I should add I drink my coffee right along side with my smoothie. 

I wish I had better photos of these tasty meals to show you but quite honestly green smoothies are disgusting to look at, especially when you add berries, which we often do. Instead of being bright green, which is lovely in my opinion, they are baby poop brown. Once you get over the appearance though the taste can't be beat. 

I really love starting off the morning this way. I incorporated this morning ritual into my weekend with mom and here she is juicing the fruits to make our morning smoothie. Go mom!

Green Smoothie Recipe

What goes in a green smoothie? Anything you want. We have a Vita Mix (best kitchen investment ever) that can handle nuts and seeds and will blend them up really well so some days we add those also.

This morning's recipe was this:

  • 2 oranges, juiced* 
  • 1/2 grapefruit, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 banana
  • 8 oz. spinach
  • handful of frozen strawberries
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 1 mango

Makes approximately 32 oz. 

*We use the little hand juicer you see below. You could put the whole fruit in, minus the peel, but Damien prefers the texture of juiced fruits better. 

Green Smoothie Resources

  • Green Smoothie Challenge. A whole blog dedicated to drinking more greens.
  • Beauty that moves blog has a post dedicated to green smoothie answers. Recipes, blender talk, links and answers to other pressing questions about drinking spinach.
  • Earth Mama is participating in the Green Smoothie Challenge blog. She's posted Raw Stuff, a photographically luscious post and From the Wild - making smoothies with foraged and garden greens.
  • How to Make a Green Smoothie. An un-cooking video from the folks at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen.
  • Jenn at Promise of a Rainbow shares her own comical story about the worst green smoothie ever. Lesson: be careful what foraged greens you add!
  • My mom's post Shades of Green on our Menu includes a smoothie recipe and the wisdom from a mom and nutritionist about eating (& drinking) your greens.

Are you a part of this green revolution? Have a recipe to share? Links to blog posts welcomed and appreciated.

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  • Cori

    Cori on May 12, 2010, 11:44 a.m.

    I started making these into popsicles first. The kids fell in love before they knew what was in them. Now they know, and they drink them up anyway, frozen or not. I usually add raw-milk yogurt and sometimes egg yolks. Our favorites usually have coconut milk also. Time for breakfast!


  • elana

    elana on May 12, 2010, 11:47 a.m.

    i love green smoothies and have been drinking them for about a year. my 4 year old prefers pink smoothies (banana+strawberry+carrots/beets) but my 2 year old drinks any thing i make! one of my favorite recipes is: 2 bananas 1 orange a bunch of spinach a drop of vanilla ice some water on the bottom of the vitamix REALLY REALLY TASTY!

    also there is the website - incredible smoothies which has some great recipes and info. http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/


  • Cindy

    Cindy on May 12, 2010, 12:46 p.m.

    I just finished my new addiction, too.. Love it!!
    1 banana 1/2 c. blueberries Apple juice.. not sure how much... 3/4 cup? Two big handfuls of spinach a tablespoon of ground flax a teaspoon of KyoGreen

    Delicious! I never thought that I would like a smoothie with spinach, but it tastes awesome!

    Good seeing you yesterday! Thanx for the wonderful soap!


  • Earth Mama

    Earth Mama on May 12, 2010, 2:06 p.m.

    That is so sweet that your mom is into this with you too! I will have to pop over and check out her blog. Thanks for including me in your links. I posted my absolute favorite recipe I came up with on The Green Smoothie Challenge blog.



  • Amanda

    Amanda on May 12, 2010, 2:18 p.m.

    We love green smoothies and have been drinking them for a little over a year. I add all kinds of fruit, spinach, kale and kelp. We also put bran flakes, flax seed and wheat germ into ours. I have never tried it with grapefruit and lemon. Does it make it taste sour? Two of the H kids like it, but the middle H kid is not a big veggie eater.


  • Jenn

    Jenn on May 12, 2010, 2:24 p.m.

    uh...yeah!!! we are totally there and strangely, all of my children love them, even the baby! :0) actually, especially the baby! she begs for them. our favorite is mixed bitter greens with a splash of OJ, pineapple, mango, water, coconut oil (sometimes coconut milk) a banana and a bit of water. if i add less water, we get "ice-cream" consistency which is divine. i don't think they look gross at all, i think they are lovely. my baby calls it her "green ice-cream"...


  • Granola Girl

    Granola Girl on May 12, 2010, 4:13 p.m.

    Do you guys wheat grass? I grew wheat grass in college and used to enjoy wheat grass shots every morning. For some reason, I don't anymore. With the latest in dental news for our family, I'm getting a bit more hardcore with our eating again. Thanks for the links and the inspiration.


    • renee

      renee on May 13, 2010, 2:42 a.m.

      No, Damien has a wheat "issue". Not full blown Celiacs as far as we know but digestive discomfort and rashes when he eats gluten. So... no wheat grass. Quite honestly I don't think I could keep up with growing it. I get tired of just sprouting. 


  • Pamela

    Pamela on May 12, 2010, 5:36 p.m.

    I love green smoothies! My girls are okay with them if they are not toooo green. My new trick is to add oatmeal to the smoothie, which makes it much more filling. For a whole blender full (regular blender, not Vitamix), put 1/2 c. oats in the blender by it self, and blend to a powder. Then make your smoothie as usual. (Of course, this won't work if you have steel-cut oats.) Yummy!


  • Amanda

    Amanda on May 12, 2010, 8:49 p.m.

    My youngest loves smoothies, and will sometimes ask for a green one. He likes his with spinach, banana, cantaloupe and vanilla yogurt. I usually throw some flax seeds in, too. I did notice a renewed interest in green drinks lately! It seems like about 20 years ago I went through this same trend, although back then it was juiced grasses (like wheat grass).


  • Heather

    Heather on May 12, 2010, 10:33 p.m.

    We love green smoothies over here! My 2 year old loves them too! I pack about as much spinach as can fit in my blender, with a tall glass of cold water, blend that up, then add a banana and frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries, not entirely sure how much...I don't measure. We end up with a little over 5 cups, about 42 oz I think. The color of ours are mainly purple though, not green :-) Love them! And they give you so much energy!


  • Mel

    Mel on May 12, 2010, 10:52 p.m.

    We drink green (brown) smoothies around here a lot. And we do the popsicle thing. I often serve them with dinner when I think my little ones might forgo their veggies. They are always up for a smoothie!


  • Kezia

    Kezia on May 13, 2010, 3:52 a.m.

    Great photos on this post - I drink a green smoothie for lunch every day. Read the books Green for Life and Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko, she is the woman who discovered green smoothies. http://www.greensmoothiesblog.com has her research and answers every green smoothie question you can think of.


  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on May 13, 2010, 8:19 p.m.

    Now I am really cracking up. I just came from Lily's blog Serendipitous intentions where she posted about her green smoothie and I admitted I just don't get this challenge. As someone who has enjoyed smoothies for years, I just can't bring myself to join a challenge to force the greenness and daily consumption of a smoothie. Ditto here...Finn is least loving of veggies and my biggest smoothie fan. I think your photos are wonderful! We very often add dark frozen berries so that our green smoothies come out purple, instead. The green doesn't go over well, but purple pulls off just fine! Nicola ps. the captcha phrase for this comment includes the word "delicious." how appropriate!


  • Francesca

    Francesca on May 14, 2010, 7:16 a.m.

    I like to eat my greens. But for years I made liters and liters of "green juice" for my boys. Now I sometimes make white smoothies (milk and fruit, pear is the favorite) for my daughter because she doesn't like any dairy products and this is the only way she'll have a glass of milk.


  • Anonymous

    Anonymous on June 20, 2010, 9:19 p.m.

    Oooohhh, you should really check out greensmoothiegirl.com! It's the website for the woman who wrote "The Green Smoothies Diet", and it has a lot of information about whole foods and natural living in general.


  • Rachel Himes

    Rachel Himes on Sept. 29, 2012, 1:45 a.m.

    This is so strange. I cannot believe how different our lives are, yet how many interests we share and how many of the same books we've read. I am a home schooling mom who was home schooled for all of my years K-12, along with 2 sisters. Now, I have my 3 daughters who are learning at home with me. I love your ideas for incorporating dad. I've often wondered what we could do to let him be a part of this. You had some very practical suggestions. I take care of the core work and some extras, but I love the idea of having my husband play a part in this. Thank you!

    And on the same page you mention green smoothies. We literally just fed those to our 3 daughters for "bedtime snack" an hour ago. No one noticed the spinach in their drinks.


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