Green Machine Smoothie

July 25, 2015

Green Machine Photo 1 ingredients
Drinking a green smoothie *almost* every single morning is probably the most consistent thing I’ve done for my health for the last couple of years. It’s straight up drinkable salad. The best thing about a smoothie is that it’s big return for little effort: chuck everything in a blender and press a button. Lazy and healthy? Yes, please! It also means you can consume a lot of healthy food quickly. Eating all the food in this smoothie would take time and – bummer – cutlery. You can chug the Green Machine before heading out or take it with you to drink on the go. Added bonus: unlike juice, smoothies retain all the fibre and keep you feeling full longer.

I love experimenting with different combinations of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and powders. It’s a great way to use up fruit and veg hovering on the sad side of bad. Over time, I’ve noticed that this recipe is what I make most consistently in the morning. I call it the Green Machine because it keeps your body running like a…well, you get it. Also, it rhymes.

The one tool you’ll need for smoothie magic is a blender. The king and queen of high-speed blenders are Vitamix and Blendtec (I have the latter) and they’re not cheap. Like, not even close. Based on cost per use, however, I think it’s a worthwhile investment because they have a long life span and it’s something you’ll likely find yourself using at least once a day. I tend to use mine even more for soups, sauces, banana ice cream, and later-in-the-day sweet tooth smoothies! That said, you absolutely don’t need a fancy pants blender to make this or any other smoothie. My first blender was a tiny single-serve from the Avon catalogue that I kept in my dorm room. After graduating from university I also graduated to the Magic Bullet (best infomercial of all time, amiright??). Use whatever suits you and your current budget!

Green Machine Photo in the blender 3
serves 2

2 cups cold water
½ cucumber, peeled (unless it’s organic)
1 green apple, peeled (unless it’s organic)
4 handfuls kale
1 banana
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 heaping tbsp ground flax (or flax seed)

¼ tsp spirulina (a ‘superfood’ high in protein and full of B12 and a bunch of other good stuff [start small and work up to 2 teaspoons])
I also add/substitute spinach, celery, and cilantro quite often

Taste tips:

+ It’s much better cold. Seriously. Use cold water, try adding ice, or leave it in the fridge overnight.
+ If you’d like more sweetness, add grapes, dates, or other fruit.
+ For a creamier taste, use almond milk (or your favourite milk) instead of water.
+ This is a bit of a bougie move, but I prefer smoothies with a big straw. I get this colourful bag of 100 for $1.50 at Ikea. Necessary? No. Worth it? For me, yes.

Green Machine Photo 3 smoothies
I’d love to know – are you into green smoothies? If not, would you give it a go? Let me know how it turns out! If you try a different combination you like please share so I can try it too! xx

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  • Reply Mark July 9, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    …Just found your site….
    I LOVE the green smoothie recipe!
    I’m gonna be the new (and improved) Popeye!

    • Reply eileen July 13, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Hi! I’m so glad you like the green smoothie recipe 🙂 I love drinking them!

  • Reply Christine July 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve been making green smoothies for awhile and can’t agree more with your comments. Look forward to more recipes.

    • Reply eileen July 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Hi and thanks for commenting! Aren’t green smoothies amazing?! I will definitely be posting more smoothie recipes so stay tuned 🙂

  • Reply Kate July 25, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I will try this one! I also always use a straw but then feel guilty when I throw it out. If you get a lead on a good reusable straw that can also go in the dishwasher (Sbux ones are hand wash only), please share!

    • Reply eileen July 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Kate! I hope you like it as much as I do! Yes, I know what you mean about the hunt for reusable straws! I will definitely keep a lookout and if you find one first please let me know 🙂

  • Reply Emily July 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Love this whole blog thing of yours! I’ll have to try your green machine recipe. And I love tge cute big straw idea! Oh, and banana ice cream…..I love love love!!!!

    • Reply eileen August 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you!! I hope you like the green smoothie! For some reason they’re just even more amazing with a big straw! 😉

  • Reply Laura July 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    My new obsession is adding tons of grated ginger to ALL my smoothies! I’ll have to try it in this one 😉

    • Reply eileen August 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Ooh that sounds DELISH! That must give it a nice kick. I once had a yummy chocolate bar with ginger in it so I bet adding it to this cacao shake would be great 🙂

  • Reply Lizzie September 22, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Sounds refreshing and delicious! I love smoothies in the morning. I like purple, so this one works for me — banana, avocado, kale, spinach, carrot, frozen berries, beets. I make a batch every couple of days, and play around with whatever’s in the fridge — ginger, chia seeds, cucumber, apples, peaches…but I love purple, so as long as it’s a beautifully royal robe colour, I’m happy. Banana and avocado sounds like a lot of fat, but lunch for me is usually daal, quinoa and raw veggies. It balances. Sometimes I go all out and buy wheat grass, which reminds me of a freshly mowed lawn in Spring, but for the most part, I stick with whatever’s in season or frozen.

    • Reply eileen September 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      What a fun idea to base your smoothies around colour, which is so energizing in its own way. And I’m all about bananas and avocados. The kitchen just doesn’t feel right without them there 🙂 I also do wheatgrass shots *sometimes* but I’m still experimenting with the best way to consume it. Ok now I’m inspired to make a purple smoothie 🙂

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