Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Green Smoothie

I remember in middle school learning hallway etiquette.  Always stay to the right!

Have you ever been walking down a walking path or in a hallway and did the awkward dance with the person approaching you?  

I am sure this has happened to you...you are walking a path and and two people are coming towards you?  Do you believe with all your heart that regardless of the size of your party, you are granted half of the path?  

What about this...ever been walking on a path only big enough for ONE person and someone else was walking from the opposite way on that path?  Who moves?  NBD.

I had a friend in college who was a strong believer that whoever was smaller was responsible for moving aside for the bigger person.  Yeah, he was big.  

Well none of that really matters.  What matters is that I have joined the green smoothie lovers of the world.  You can call it an energy shake.  Or a smoothie.  Or dinner.  

This smoothie is healthy in the sense that it isn't unhealthy.  It is packed with spinach and kale.  Ok, it isn't packed, but each serving has about a cup of raw greens.  Which won't change your life, but it will give you a little boost.  The important thing is  that this smoothie is good.  I loved it.  We tried it also with orange juice instead of almond milk, which I also really enjoyed.  But the almond milk is nice and thick and gives it a great texture and creaminess (cow's milk would be a fairly lame substitute because it has no flavor or texture).  

How do they milk almonds?  Actually, almonds are kind of milky if you think about it.  

Almond milk is good for you, though.  Has some good fat in it, with few calories (unless it is sweetened) and some bonus fiber and protein.  I have been into using milk substitutes a lot lately because I so often prefer whole milk in drinks.  The skim just doesn't do it for me.  So, the milk substitutes like soy and almond have all the creaminess without the fat.  

Really, just try this!  Tastes nothing like kale and spinach.  It is so pretty.  And in the very least, it will make you feel like you are doing something right.  

I was inspired by Joy and Bon Appetit.  

Green Smoothie

1 heaping cup of fresh spinach
1 heaping cup of coarsely chopped raw kale
2 cups almond milk (vanilla flavor)
1 banana, cut into several pieces and frozen
1 pear, cut into several pieces and frozen
2 kiwis, skins removed, cut into several pieces and frozen

Place spinach, kale and almond milk in blender and blend until greens are broken up into tiny pieces. Add frozen fruit and blend until smooth.

(Servings: 2, Prep time: 10 min., Difficulty: Easy)

foodforscot Ratings:

Shanon (taste):  9/10
Scot (taste):  7/10
Effort:  1/5
Dishwashing Effort:  2/5

1 comment:

  1. We have quite a few paths like this in Austin...and I always move to the side as soon as I spot someone approaching(I figure it almost guarantees that no awkward dance occurs). As for this smoothie? Delicious! I love almond milk too...it adds such great creaminess.