A couple of weeks back, on the last day of holiday before work (and therefore the last true day of indulgence, supposedly, <<snort with derision>> Liz Earle was on Sunday Brunch talking about detoxing and juicing and the like.

I’ve toyed with the idea of juicing in the past but the investment in a Nutribullet or similar is pretty expensive for something I’m not sure I’ll get along with.

Then I started reading up on green smoothies, as I already have a blender. Some websites suggested that smoothies are better because they keep all of the fruit pulp in and therefore more of the goodness. So I researched some recipes and settled on one that I thought sounded ok. Even though I don’t like bananas! (I hoped the banana taste would be covered by the rest of the ingredients).

I found the recipe here

I halved the quantities to make just one. The ingredients are spinach, orange, ginger, banana and water. Lots of lovely goodness.

Orange banana and ginger

I peeled and chopped the veggies and fruit.

Chopped green smoothie ingredients

Popped it all in my blender, and added the water.

Blended and zapped and pulsed it until I couldn’t see any solid bits.

Blitzed green smoothie ingredients

And poured it into a glass ready to enjoy.

Green smoothie in a glass

Unfortunately I could really taste the banana, which put me off, especially when I got half way down and almost swallowed a lump of banana that hadn’t blended <<heave>>. Plus there were a few remaining stringy bits of leaf and orange, only tiny bits, but that detracted from the experience somewhat. It may have benefitted from more water as it was a little bit thick, but by the time I realised that I was already done and tipping a quarter of it down the sink.

What’s worse is that the husband had declined my kind offer of a smoothie, and was eating an omelette that I’d made for him instead. It was probably a similar amount of calories and nutrients (peppers, mushroom and tomatoes) and a damn sight more enjoyable.

Breakfast omelette and salsa

Now I’m not saying there’s any connection, but when I washed the glass up later it smashed! As if to say “I will never be clean again, I’m tainted forever“.

Lesson learned. Eat your greens, don’t drink them.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x


0 comments on My foray into green smoothies

  1. Smoothies in a blender are rough. Blenders just never seem to get the right consistency. I /love/ my Nutribullet. It’s like my best friend! It also makes soups and peanut butters. Seriously, blending is key. There are never any chunks of bananas in mine. I could literally go on for hours about all the great-tasting smoothies… though, it doesn’t sound as if you’re a fan of bananas, and a lot of smoothie recipes use them as a base. Maybe mango is more your cuppa? They work too! Anyway, don’t give up on the smoothies…the right recipes are fantastic (blended correctly o’course)!


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