Recipe: Welcome Smoothie for Beginners

This is the recipe for the first green smoothie I tried and loved.  Frozen produce has worked well when I’ve been unable to find fresh and/or organic items in season.  Enjoy!

Blend well:

1 cup chard

1 cup spinach

8-10 strawberries

1 mango, peeled

1 apple

1 banana

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cups water

Yields approximately 2 quarts

Boutenko, Victoria.  Green for Life:  The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition.  California:  North Atlantic Books, 2012.  Print.

13 thoughts on “Recipe: Welcome Smoothie for Beginners

  1. OK, Ms. Smoothie Guru! I just tried this Green Smoothie, and it’s good! Obviously, the better the fruit, the better the result. Count me among your health apostles!

    You should start a list of everyone who follows your inspiring lead. It would be interesting, to say the least. It also would reflect your empowering others because of your informed persuasiveness.

    You truly are gifted and blessed, my dear niece.

    Lots of Love,

    Tia Judy

  2. Hey Val…just ordered a Breville…can’t wait for it to get here so I can get some smoothie on!! Thx for the motivation! Besos!

  3. Ok I made the green smoothie today that I told you about.
    2 cups spinach leafs
    2 ripe bananas
    1 apple cored and chopped
    1 cup water

    It was very good and filling. It made about 3 cups. I wish I would have used a frozen banana, I would have liked it colder.

    • That’s awesome! It’s fun to experiment with different combinations of fruits/veggies. Some are gross, but you can always keep adding fruit until it tastes good! Lemon juice is a good pacifier for bitter tastes.

      You can always add ice to smoothies if you don’t have frozen produce around. That will make it nice and cold and frothy if that’s what you like. I prefer room temperature, but I’m weird that way.

      I’m so excited that you’re trying the green smoothies. Keep me posted on how it goes!


  4. Ok I just made up my own, it might not have enough green to qualify but it was good.

    1 cup carrot juice
    1 chopped apple
    1 peeled mango
    1/2 cup chard
    2 gourmet cucumbers
    Juice of 2 mandarins
    Juice of 1 lime

  5. I had an awful smoothie today:

    8 leaves Romaine lettuce
    5 cups watermelon
    1 cup water

    The recipe sounded good, but the product was too watery and tasteless. That surprised me because the lettuce was crisp, and the watermelon was sweet.

    Hope you’ll post more great recipes!


    Tia Judy

    • Sounds refreshing, so I wonder why it wasn’t! Lemon juice helps with bitterness, but in the case of watery and tasteless issues, I’d suggest adding either a much greater quantity of watermelon or additional fruit (maybe an apple or mango chunks). I know you drank it in spite of the boring taste, but you should add more flavorful ingredients in so you don’t have to suffer!

      I’ll post more recipes soon.

  6. Heres another…

    1 cup carrot juice
    1 cup packed spinach
    1 gourmet cucumber
    1 peach
    3-4 strawberries
    Juice of 1 lime

    Also very good! If I should say so myself

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