Thursday, January 27, 2011
there are a ton of different ways to do these, and it's pretty easy to just wing it with whatever you have on hand. i'm AMAZED at the kind of things i've been able to sneak in these without anyone being the wiser - dried alfalfa grass and nettle leaves, cod liver oil, even walnuts! i think i'm going to try ground flax seeds soon. (i've never tried it, but you could probably even pull a rocky and get some raw egg yolks in there if you wanted.) so get creative; there's no single way to do these. that being said, however, here's how i most frequently make them (all measurements are EXTREMELY approximate):
3/4 c. frozen berries
1/2 c. orange juice
1 c. kefir or yogurt
2 good-sized handfuls of spinach
6 tsp cod liver oil
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp dried herbs/grasses/leaves
because our blender isn't anything spectacular, and because i have a relatively predictable gag reflex when it comes to un-massacred bits in my smoothies, i make sure to blend the berries and juice REALLY well before adding anything else. i add enough water to make this easy. then i add the kefir and spinach and blend REALLY well again. then i dump in the rest of the ingredients, blend until the bananas are dominated, and call it good. this usually makes 2 full-sized smoothies and a halfie for atticus.
we drink these through a straw to further avoid any big clumps, and because i'm kind of obsessive about drinking most things through straws for dental reasons, but it's not necessary.
also, because we use mixed berries and yogurt, ours don't come out looking very green at all. most mornings they look like normal berry smoothies, but maybe a little browner/greener. not GREEN-green like in the picture. so if the color throws you off, it can be remedied.
i will warn you with these - if your kid is still in diapers, watch your back. these will do some serious detox on their system and, uh, just make sure you have plenty of wipes on hand in case stuff gets out of control. i can only describe it as "intense." that being said, it's not so bad that it deters me from making these most mornings out of the week - just a little disconcerting if you don't have the heads-up.
do you make green smoothies, or have any suggestions for other stuff i could throw in ours?
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