Green Smoothie Recipe – Crazy Cooking Challenge!

by Mama Chocolate on June 7, 2012

I’m excited to be participating for the first time in the Crazy Cooking Challenge, a fun way to try out recipes from other blogs across the web!

PhotobucketThis month’s challenge was Fruit Smoothies, one of my favorite breakfast options!

We have lots of our own variations, but for the challenge, I needed to find a recipe from a fellow blogger to use! I found dozens that looked amazing!

I decided to go with Happy Mothering’s Green Smoothies, since that’s something I’ve wanted to experiment with a little more!

Here’s the original recipe as written by Chrystal from Happy Mothering:

(make sure you check out her site, BTW, full of helpful info and she has awesome giveaways!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of filtered water (the colder the better)
  • 10-12 cups of chopped organic leafy greens (spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, chard, arugula, etc.)
  • 2 stalks of organic celery, sliced
  • Up to 1 cup of fresh green organic herbs such as parsley or cilantro (optional)
  • 2 organic apples or pears (peeled, cored and chopped)
  • 1 organic banana
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice

Instructions:

  • Put water and leafy greens in your blender
  • Blend, starting on low speed and increasing speed, until the mix is smooth
  • Add your celery, herbs and apples/pears, and continue blending
  • Finally, add the banana and lemon juice and blend until smooth

This green smoothie recipes makes about 4 servings. I like to pour it into pint-sized mason jars and store in the refrigerator so it’s easy just to grab a jar in the morning. They should last for about 2-3 days refrigerated.

It takes a lot of people a while to get used to the taste. You can add some ice to your blender as well; the extra chill may help you adjust to the taste.

I’ve put spinach and even kale in my smoothies before, but this was the greenest I’ve ever gone. I didn’t even put in the celery or cilantro, but hope to try those next time.

I had a hard time, mostly with the texture. We decided to also add frozen strawberries, and that helped.

The color doesn’t bother me, since, like I said, we’ve done spinach and such in our smoothies before. Maybe it was the huge quantity of kale that made the texture strange. I think I will try freezing it and the eating it while it’s still mostly frozen and see if that helps a bit.

I may have had trouble getting it down, but my girls thought it was awesome! They’re too young to be turned off by the green color, and they just thought they were getting an awesome treat!

Little did they know I was packing their bodies with veggies and awesome nutrients! Mwahaha!

 

Katie decided to ham it up for the camera:

They get it from their father. Promise.

Victoria ate it up #likeaboss and was quite pleased with the effect.

{Linking up with The Pistachio Project for Simply Natural Saturdays}

 Here are a few of other recipe options I found while looking for a recipe to try! It was so hard to choose, and I can’t wait to try these out, too!

10 Super Foods with Kale Banana Smoothie Recipe from Long Wait for Isabella

Greek Yogurt Smoothies from Mother Necessity

Groovy Apple Orange Smoothie from {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker

Going Green for Breakfast from Coping with Frugality

Tropical Surprise Orange Smoothie from The WIC Project

Now check out all the other awesome blogs of the Crazy Cooking Challenge and see what they found and whipped up for ya!

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia L. June 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

What precious girls you have. I love it when kids don’t know what they are eating is good for them! I will be interested to know if you like it better frozen.
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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina June 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Love that you snuck veggies in this too! And love the kid pics! YUM!

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Melissa June 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love making green smoothies–there’s something so satisfying about drinking something that feels like it should be unhealthy but is so chock full of nutrients! :)

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Andrea Kruse June 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Yum! We love our green “Monster” smoothies… and yes, I make sure mine are well pureed for those stray chunks. I like using fresh ripe strawberries and orange juice to really give it a pop. My kids go crazy for them.

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Lesa @Edesia's Notebook June 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Wow, you are brave! So cool that your kids loved it. I’m always amazed how my kids will eat things that my husband won’t even eat! It’s great that you’re getting their palates accustomed to flavors like that.
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Lisa~~ June 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Welcome to the CCC and your smoothie has gorgeous color.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my CCC entry: Mango Melon Banana & Chia Smoothie.

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Chrystal @ Happy Mothering June 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much for featuring my green smoothie recipe! I’m glad your girls liked it. If I don’t put any greens in our smoothies now, my girls get mad! I recently reviewed a green smoothie e-book that is amazing (and affordable). All of the smoothies in the book are 60% fruit and 40% vegetables, so they’re more palatable to the green smoothie newbie. You can check out my review here. Thanks again!
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Mama Chocolate June 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

That looks like an awesome book, Chrystal, thanks for sharing!

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Christine November 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I love this Smoothie Recipe and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks

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gail November 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

These look incredible! Can’t wait to make some!!!

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Gail Williams November 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thank you for the recipe you used. I have been adding smoothies to our breakfasts but haven’t gone this green yet, now I am inspired…Thanks!

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