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Sunday
Jan132013

super green smoothie

Howdy from Ohio!

I’m back east this week visiting my family which hasn’t happened since June.  It’s been way too long.  I’m soaking up every single minute and loving it.

super green smoothie // edible perspective

A few days before leaving I upped my intake of fruits + veggies in hopes of staying healthy while at home.  My vegetable consumption has been at an all-time high the past few weeks but now even more so.  I just can’t get enough.

Don’t worry though, I’m balancing it with things like orange honey corn cake which I ate the entire pan of last week.  As soon as I got home I made another batch for my[self] family.

One quick and easy way to get a huge helping of fruits + veggies is in smoothies. But you knew that already.  However, I find myself making the same two smoothies time and time again.  I was due for a change.  Something super green and banana-less!

I know there are quite a few banana haters out there and most smoothies include banana for a silky smooth texture, sweetness, and flavor.  For this combination I used avocado to create a smooth and thick texture, and pear, green apple, and kiwi for sweetness and flavor.  Kale is thrown in for the veggie punch but is undetectable alongside the fruit.

super green smoothie // edible perspective

Print this!

Super Green Smoothie [serves 2]

  • 3 cups green kale, stemmed + chopped
  • 2 kiwi, skins removed
  • 2 green apples, cored + chopped
  • 1 bartlett pear, cored + chopped
  • 1/3 avocado
  • 1- 1 1/2 cups ice
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. 

notes: Use ripe fruit for the maximum flavor and sweetness.  Use any type of milk.  If desired, add honey, agave, or soaked dates for more sweetness.  I keep the peels on the apple and pear but scoop out the fruit from the kiwi.  Peel all fruit if desired.

super green smoothie // edible perspective

If you don’t have a juicer, are in a smoothie rut, and/or don’t like banana in your smoothie this is the drink for you!  Super green smoothie to the rescue! 

Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Ashley

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Reader Comments (28)

YUM!! Love the added kiwi, I will have to try that.
Look at all that green goodness! It looks fabulous. I am really sick of banana-based smoothies, so this looks like a perfect way to switch it up.
I love that there is no banana in this smoothie! I like bananas, but find the taste overpowering in smoothies. This smoothie is such a beautiful vibrant green, I feel healthier just looking at the photos!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHerbivore Triathlete
Love sipping up a big batch of green goodness. I always throw a sprig of mint into the mix for extra freshness. I'm crazy about fruit and veggie eating before any kind of travel too. Gotta prepare and get that immunity in prime form! Hope you're having a lovely time with your fam!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
My blender is on its last legs and I need to either buy a juicer or a blender -- do you have any recommendations? Thanks!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
We have just been looking at making a green smoothie recipe too! This one looks wonderful! And, I like the idea of an alternative to the banana :)
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSonja
I was always a banana hater as a kid, but I've learned to like it now that I exercise more (it's just so good for post-workout recovery!)...what I love about it in smoothies is the creaminess it gets when frozen and blended, but I really like the idea of avocado as a substitute for that!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
@Kate - I definitely recommend keeping a blender around if it's something you use frequently. The juicer is really great but it's pretty much only a 1-purpose item. Unless you a masticating juicer like this: http://www.amazon.com/Omega-J8004-Nutrition-Commercial-Masticating/dp/B001RLYOEE/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1358212521&sr=8-12&keywords=juice+extractor (http://www.amazon.com/Omega-J8004-Nutrition-Commercial-Masticating/dp/B001RLYOEE/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1358212521&sr=8-12&keywords=juice+extractor) which can do much more, like make nut butters. As far as a blender goes, I have a Vita-Mix (inherited from my grandpa, about 6yrs old) that I love. I've heard great things about blend-tec blenders as well, but I'm sure there are more affordable blenders that can still make a good smoothie. I would browse amazon for blenders and read reviews. If you're looking for a great juicer for the price, I recommend the Compact Breville Juicer which is $99 on Amazon. I got it a few years back and love it. The cleanup is a little annoying but not quite as intense as other juicers. It also takes up less space! Hope this helps!

@Sonja - Can't wait to see what you come up with! This was so much more refreshing than the typical banana-based smoothie. I loved the tang from the green apple!
January 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love how many smoothies are all over the blogs even though it's the dead of winter. :) Kiwi and pear sounds just about perfect right now! Fresh fruit for the win!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
This sounds like such a fabulous smoothie! I love Kiwi, but sadly, Kiwi does not like me at all - I am allergic. HOWEVER, I do totally plan to adapt this smoothie for what I can put into a blender and make into yummy green awesomeness.
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdeva by definition
Thanks so much for the quick reply and info!
January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
@Deva - I would just add another pear instead. The kiwi flavor doesn't really come through, but it's sweetness does. More pear would work well!

@Kate - You're welcome!
January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Yum! This smoothie sounds awesome, and I *love* the addition of avocado (even though I adore uber ripe bananas).
nom nom. it's been too long since i've had kiwi.
@Amber - I also love ripe bananas in smoothies, but this was a nice change of pace. Super refreshing!
January 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Is that a glass straw? Where doyou get them? I have looked for them and not found them anywhere. thanks
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
@Jenny - Yes! They are amazing. The company Glass Dharma sent them to me a few years back to review. They guarantee them not to break and you can even put them in the dishwasher. I especially love the wider-straight straw that they sent! Perfect for smoothies. http://www.glassdharma.com/
January 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
All I can say is yum, yum and yum. I have to admit that I'm not much of a standard fruit eater normally, however if I take a bunch and throw it into a blender I almost ALWAYS love the combination that comes out (no matter how crazy) and these look DELICIOUS! My personal recommendation? Add bananas to almost everything while you're working out. The extra potassium is great for overcoming sore muscles and can help give you the energy you both need and deserve. Just be careful you don't overdo it as those little guys are full of starches, so can be a bit couter-productive at times ;)
January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoug
I love your blog, recipes, and photography -- beautiful job. Just wanted to say hello and that I'm making this for breakfast tomorrow! :)
@Monique - Thank you so very much for the kind words. Much appreciated!! Hope you enjoy the smoothie for breakfast!! Thanks for saying hello. :)
January 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
So smoothies work okay with steamed kale? Or what about steamed spinach? I am not supposed to eat raw so this would be a good solution. How long do you steam it for? I assume you cool it first before making the smoothie. Thanks
January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
@Jenny - I haven't tried making smoothies with steamed kale or spinach but I'm sure it could work. Steaming spinach should only take a few minutes. The spinach will look wilted, vibrant green, and soft. The kale (stems removed) will maintain a bit more texture and will take an extra few minutes to steam. I would definitely chill the greens before adding them. I found this post that is really helpful on pre-cooking kale and then freezing into kale ice cubes! http://katymcarter.com/2012/08/tip-tuesday-no-4/ Such a great option! I'm sure the same can be done with spinach. Hope this helps!
January 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Ok I laughed at myself since I read your recipe as steamed not stemmed. But I am glad I wrote you. I love the ice cube idea! Perfect quick solution and also a good way to use up all that kale when it is fresh. Thanks! Love your site!
January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenny
@Jenny - Hahahaa, that makes more sense to me now, too! :) Glad the ice cube idea was helpful!
January 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
This sounds really good! except i'm not much of a avocado fan, I hear they are really good for your skin (mine is really dry) so i've been trying to think of ways to sneak it in to my diet .. so basically my question is, can you taste the avocado at all? =)
March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
@Debbie - In this smoothie there is a hint of avocado. But, you can easily cover it up with stronger flavored fruit like banana + berries. Start by adding no more than 1/4 of the avocado. Check this recipe: http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2010/8/6/my-favorite-smoothie.html try adding avocado to that. Shouldn't taste it at all! Here's another: http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2010/3/26/no-stress-in-my-feet.html You can leave out the amazing grass powder. And here are 3 simple smoothies that avocado should hide well in: http://www.edibleperspective.com/home/2011/6/28/recipes-for-mom-smoothies.html Again, start with 1/8-1/4 avocado to make sure you can't taste it. Hope this helps!
March 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I can't wait to try this! As I am the only smoothie drinker in the house, how do you think it would hold up in the fridge overnight if I can't drink it all at once?
April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChely
@Chely - It should be fine! Just give it a good shake before drinking. I think you're good keeping this one for about 24hrs.
April 21, 2014 | Registered CommenterAshley

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