I Eat Plants: Green Smoothies

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I suppose “I drink plants” might be a more apt title today!

Are you melting in the heat?  Although I’ve been hiding indoors with the AC lately, any trip outdoors has been making me swelter!  I’ve had the hankering for some homemade vegan ice cream, but that’s seemed like too much work.  That, and too little nutrition.  Enter the green smoothie!

Why a green smoothie?  My answer: why not?

Green smoothies are like any other fruit smoothing you might drink, with greens added.  This usually necessitate a high speed blender to get the greens finely finely blended, but greens like lettuce might be okay in a regular blender.

Some green smoothies can be a bit much- I don’t love chewing my drinks.  They don’t have to be, though!  While you can absolutely use tougher greens like curly kale, you can also use softer greens like lettuce, spinach and chard.  Butter lettuce is one of my favorites- you get extra nutrition in a smoothie without a bitter or strong taste.

I typically use frozen berries and frozen banana, since it eliminates the need for ice.  You can certainly use fresh, especially if you want to stay local- or freeze berries you’ve picked yourself for later use!

Not all green smoothies are green in color.  A smoothie make with cherries and lettuce will still look dark red, but one made with mangos and any green will be bright green in color.  Sometimes they might look a little brown based on what you add- I don’t like that (we eat with our eyes, right?) but done right, a green smoothie can be beautiful, refreshing, nutritious and delicious!

The one pictured here?  A cup of water, 5 oz each of frozen mango and pineapple and 3 leaves of chard.  Look at that color!

 

Mango and Chard

 

My recent favorite is a cup of almond milk, 5 oz of frozen cherries, a frozen banana, and a few butter lettuce leaves.  It will be bright red!

If you’re hot, thirsty and wanting some fruit and greens, you have to try one of these.

Now, speaking of someone who likes her greens, I got my copy of Vegan for Her in the mail!  Vegan for Her is the book co-authored by former I Eat Plants blogger JL Fields.  I know I am excited to know a real, live published author!  I haven’t had the chance to read much of it yet- but I’m looking forward to it! (Disclosure:  I was sent a free copy.  I can’t say much about the content yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to say good things about it- because both authors offer such high quality in their other work. I am truly excited to read it!)

And guess what?  In a couple of weeks, you can meet her and learn some tips for the busy non-cook at her demonstration in Tarrytown on July 21.  And hey, JL has a few smoothie recipes of her own- maybe she’ll share.  Hope you’ll make it there!

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I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan.

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