When I find a smoothie flavor that I love, I tend to go overboard and drink it everyday until a new creation grabs my attention and I move on. That’s exactly what’s been going on with this Refreshing Green Smoothie. After four hours of language learning from 8 AM – 12 PM, I’m usually starving and the last thing I want to do is cook. Throwing a bunch of produce in my Vitamix sounds so much more enjoyable and it’s practically instant gratification…especially when you just stick a straw in your blender and skip the cup.
Oh yeah. Classy.
The first time I made this smoothie was actually at my in-laws house right before Brett and I moved to China. I was trying to use up some of the produce that they had bought specifically for me and also decided to squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. [Actually, as I’m typing this I’m remembering that I used spinach instead of romaine (almost a 1/2 a blender full), so feel free to switch out the romaine for another type of green!] The result was fantastic and even my Mother-in-law accepted a glass, even though she’s not a big fan of green smoothies.
When we moved to China, I wanted to make this smoothie so badly, but it took us a while to find an adaptor that would work for my Vitamix so I had to wait. Thankfully the wait is over and the produce here is in abundance, so I can slurp my heart out!
One of the main things I love about this smoothie is that I can pack in more greens while using less fruit that some of my other green smoothies, and I still don’t get an overwhelming “green” taste. The celery, cucumber and lemon juice are so water-rich and sweet, which really helps to keep this smoothie refreshing…hence the name!
If you’ve never been able to bring yourself to try a green smoothie, I highly recommend this Refreshing Green Smoothie!
- 1 large mango, frozen
- 1 green apple, cored
- 6 small leaves of romaine (or 3 handfuls of spinach)
- 2 celery stalks
- ½ english cucumber
- ½ lemon, peeled and seeded
- cold filtered water to blend (about 2 cups)
- Place everything into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy immediately!