My favorite combination so far has included Tuscan kale, cilantro, fresh ginger, lemon juice, banana, raw coconut creme, freshly ground flax seeds, and homemade almond milk.
Spring in a glass. Or a mason jar, which has become my preferred green smoothie drinking vessel. (It's sort of weird to tote a mason jar on the subway. So this might signal that it's time to move to Brooklyn. Or Berkeley. Or Portland - Maine or Oregon. Or Seattle. Any cities I'm forgetting here? ;)
superpowered raw greens smoothie
At home I use a regular blender to make my smoothies. But a Vita-Mix, if you have one, would make this even more kick-a$$ (yup, you know I have one on my wish list).
Combine the following in a blender and puree on high speed until thoroughly homogenized:
- 3 loosely packed cups of leafy greens and herbs (such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, parsley, cilantro)
- 1 cup almond milk (recipe below) (you could also use coconut water or plain water)
- 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, chopped (about 2 heaping Tbsp)
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 Tbsp)
- 1 banana, broken into smaller chunks
- 1 heaping tsp ground flax seeds
- 1 Tbsp raw coconut creme or coconut butter (you could also substitute almond butter)
- A couple of ice cubes (optional - if you like your smoothies on the icy side)
Creamy Homemade Almond Milk
For almond milk I use raw California-grown almonds, which are softer and less crunchy than toasted almonds. By law, US-grown almonds must be steam-pasteurized before going to market, so technically speaking even almonds labeled "raw" are not truly raw. If you prefer using truly raw almonds, natural foods stores often carry imported raw almonds that have not been pasteurized (or so the label says).
This almond milk is great in the green smoothie and also makes a deliciously creamy bedtime brew, gently heated on the stovetop, spiced with ground cinnamon, and sweetened with a touch of raw honey.
Makes about 2 cups of almond milk.
- 1 cup organic raw almonds, soaked for 8 to 12 hours in filtered water, drained, and rinsed (soaking makes the almonds easier to blend)
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/4 tsp organic almond extract (optional)
- 1/4 tsp organic vanilla extract (optional)
Squeeze the cheesecloth tightly to extract all of the milk from the almonds. (Though I have not tried it yet, I have heard that the leftover almond solids can be used in baking.)
Optionally, if you would like to boost the flavor of the almond milk, stir in the almond and vanilla extracts.
The milk will keep, tightly covered and chilled, for up to 1 week.