Green smoothies are a very healthy addition to any diet, and an easy way to add nutritious fruits and vegetables to your daily routine with minimal work. People have, however, a rather biased view of the drink, thinking that by adding some vegetables to an otherwise sweet smoothie the taste of the smoothie will be transformed to resemble that of a blended salad (Coworkers used to call my green smoothies “manatee food,” saying that it was what you fed to manatees, not something humans should drink!). Whether you are already a fan of green smoothies (like yours truly) or simply someone reluctantly in need of vegetables added to your diet and are hoping it will be better (or easier or less time consuming) than eating salads, or fall somewhere in between, the book The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet is something that you should give a try.
The author, Tracy Russell, has a passion for green smoothies that bleeds onto the page and this book is overflowing with her knowledgeable about the subject. She takes the book beyond the category of a simple cookbook of recipes and makes it a complete Green Smoothie course. Because of this wealth of information in the book, it has a twofold aspect to it. If you are looking for a book that has a lot of delicious green smoothie recipes, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a book that will tell you the facts about green smoothies (such as information about the different components, how to make your own recipe, etc) this is also the book for you.
In the first half of the book, Ms. Russell breaks down the different elements that go into making a green smoothie: kitchen equipment that is needed (and which things are not essential, but will make life more convenient if you want to spend the extra money), food ingredients, and health benefits. She basically turns the art of creating a green smoothie into a mathematical equation: W (amount of liquids) + X (amount of “base” fruit) + Y (mixing flavors) + Z (greens) = amazing smoothie!! She then goes on to detail the ins and outs of the different ingredient possibilities, their nutritional values, and with what they are best paired. It is a wealth of information and a great resource for anyone that is watching certain nutrients or wants to get creative and try to make their own delicious and original drinks.
The second half of the book is the traditional recipe section. This is the part where you get all of the delicious smoothie recipes that she has perfected over the years (an example of which you can find below).
The idea of adding veggies to a smoothie does often strike people as very odd at first. Although it does sound more than a little strange, if you are looking to add veggies to your diet – especially if you don’t like eating salads for whatever reason – green smoothies are something to consider. Just a small amount of veggies (a handful of spinach, for example) will turn your smoothie bright green, but will often not change the taste of your smoothie at all.
To see for yourself how delicious a green smoothie recipe can be, here is one of the delicious recipes from The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet:
SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE
Sweet potato is an often overlooked hidden gem when it comes to green smoothie ingredients. Just half a cup of sweet potato contains 2 grams of protein, 13 percent of your recommended daily value of fiber, and 137 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). Sweet potato is also loaded with antioxidants.
You can use it raw or cooked. I prefer to use cooked and cooled sweet potato since cooking it brings out more of the flavor.
½ cup cubed sweet potato, cooked and cooled
1 medium banana, peeled
1 medium carrot, sliced
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butterhead lettuce, torn
8 ounces homemade almond milk (page 64)
Vitamin A: 223%
Vitamin C: 47%
I love this recipe because it quite nicely showcases the creative nature of the recipes in this book. Sweet Potato, for example, is not a food that is often heard of being used in smoothies (even green ones). Additionally, with the exception of the banana, this recipe is devoid of any fruits that would be found in a traditional smoothie. Despite that, this smoothie is still exceedingly tasty and has the added bonus of having all of those wonderful vitamins and minerals from the veggies.
For more amazing recipes like this one pick up a copy of The Best Green Smoothies on the Planet by Tracy Russell.