Thursday, March 17, 2016

Professional Green Smoothie Critic

I'm still kicking with the green smoothies three or four times per week.  The reason I'm no longer a daily drinker?  It's laziness, pure and simple.  It seems like soooo much work to get the ingredients and blend the smoothie.

The key component of a green smoothie is the greens.  I like a specialty mix of baby kale, spinach, and swiss chard. I push the frozen greens into my single-serve blending receptacle first thing. My milk choice is a coconut/almond blend, poured almost to the top of the greens.  Half a banana adds silkiness and drinkability. In terms of the frozen fruit, I prefer mango, pineapple, or peaches. Do you know what's disgusting in a green smoothie?  Berries.  This is personal preference, but it's also the truth.

For stir-ins, I'd steer readers to a vanilla protein powder which lends just a bit of sweetness.  Mel turned me on to Orgain protein powder, which is thus far, my clear favorite. In the last week, inspired by re-reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall,  I've been adding Chia seeds. Chia is the superfood of many a distance runner, including the endurance superfreaks of the Tarahumara tribes in the Copper Canyons of Mexico.  The issue with adding Chia?  The seeds don't get pulverized in my Ninja blender, and instead the little pellets get stuck in the grooves of my molars. This irritates me, but it doesn't negate the nutritional benefits of Chia. I'm sure there's Chia powder, but I haven't yet investigated this.

Overall, I give give green smoothies 4.5 of 5 stars.  They're excellent, but I don't make them each and every day.

2 comments:

Jill said...

You know I wanted guidance on this, so I appreciate this review.
I bought a Ninja from my neighbor for $75. Can't beat it!

Rachel Engh said...

YUMMMM