Green Smoothies

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Green Smoothies have become the rage in the last few years and we love them at Roberts Ranch! I don’t remember when I first heard about a green smoothie, but I do remember thinking how awful it must be to drink spinach and chard. Since then I have been introduced to some delicious smoothie recipes and I must admit – I was wrong. Spinach and Chard actually go quite well with oranges, bananas, and pineapple. Who would have thought?

With year round harvesting from the hoophouse, we have an abundance of greens available. Plus that, I really needed a method of introducing sprouts to my family in a way they would accept them. Although they have the ability to make a smoothie a bit more bitter, if you harvest the sprouts before bitterness sets in, they are easily disguised in a smoothie. It’s a great way to provide excellent nutrition for yourself and your family.

One of my goals in the last couple of years is to “get off” supplements. Not that I haven’t been grateful for them, as I do believe our food today is mostly absent of essential micro-nutrients that they used to have. I’m experimenting right now with the idea that daily servings of sprouts and wheatgrass juice may be the answer. Give me 6 months and I’ll let you know what I discover. For me, supplements is just another sort of bondage. I’d rather depend on food for my nutrition. I just haven’t been able to find a way to sustain high levels of nutrition in foods I eat in the winter, but now with a hoophouse for winter harvest, sprouts, and green smoothies, perhaps there is a chance.

Today I’m sharing smoothie recipes with you. I just want to say, with smoothies, anything goes; but some combinations are a bit tastier, and they all have different vitamin combinations, but all are high in nutrients, especially if you buy organically grown veggies or grow your own. If you throw a handful of sprouts in before blending, you can be sure you have lots of nutrition and tons of good fiber too. Don’t leave out the herbs, spearmint is wonderful and helps disguise some of the more bitter flavors. We also add some agave or honey to our drinks now and then. The higher quality your blender is, the smoother your drinks will be.

At the ranch we enjoy a tall smoothie first thing every morning. It has been a great way to start the day. If you haven’t tasted a green smoothie, we hope you give one of these a try. If there is a specific flavor you do not like and you can’t disguise it, leave it out. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different combinations.

 

Easy Greens

1 tbsp. oil (olive, sunflower, macadamia, walnut, etc.)

12 ozs. Water + a couple of ice cubes

1 banana

1 apple

½ cucumber

3 kale leaves

1 handful sprouts

3 kale leave or any other mild green (spinach, lettuce)

½ small bunch of mint

 

The Yamble Standard

1 tbsp. oil (olive, sunflower, macadamia, walnut, etc.)

12 ozs. water + a couple ice cubes

2 inches of cucumber

½ celery stalk

1 orange

1 c. fresh pineapple

1 banana

3 large leaves of one of: kale, collard, chard; or 2 c. of spinach, green leaf lettuce

bok choi, beet greens, Ceylon, carrot tops, or any other leafy green

1 handful of sprouts

1 handful mint or parsley, or some basil leaves

 

Bittersweet Greens

(the key here is to use more juice or juicy fruit)

1 TBSP oil

12 ozs. Water + a couple ice cubes

1 banana

1 c. orange or carrot juice

1 cup pineapple

1 stalk celery

1 handful of sprouts

1 handful of herbs (your choice)

2 cups of intense greens (curly kale, mustard greens, rocket, dandelion leaves)

 

The R36

1 fresh ripe avocado

1 tsp. vegetable oil

12 ozs. Water + a couple ice cubes

1 banana

1 c. carrot juice

11/2 cups pineapple

½ stalk celery

½ small bunch of mint

2 – 4 c. spinach, collards, kale, or chard

1 T. raw cacao nibs or 1 tsp chlorella (both packed with iron to improve stamina)

1 handful sprouts

 

 Roberts Ranch Special

(for athletes in training)

1 c. pineapple

1 orange

1 banana

6” celery

½ cucumber

handful of sprouts

1 c. spinach or chard

1/2c. yogurt

1 c. almond milk

2-3 ice cubes

1 scoop protein powder

1 t. spirulina

1 t. mint leaves

1 emergence C packet