The Classic Green
by Christie Qualey
The basic premise of this smoothie makes it adaptable to numerous variations. The key is adding the correct balance of soluble and insoluble fiber fruit and just the right amount of greens. The Classic Green is the most popular smoothie at my food cart, and here it is, out of the bag and undisguised! It’s a tasty, economical blend that utilizes easy-to-find ingredients: apples, bananas, and greens! Hooray! Who knew simplicity tasted so sweet!?
|2 cups||pure water|
|3-8 leaves||organic kale (start with less if you’re a green novice)|
|1-2 large||organic collard leaf|
|1 large||organic chard leaf (using too much chard will make a salty somoothie!)|
|3 large||organic spotty bananas|
|2 large||organic fuji apples, chopped in fourths (or any variety)|
|1 cup ice||(or 1 frozen banana)|
- Place water and one banana into blender and pulse briefly.
- Proceed by feeding in the greens. For safety, it may be best to turn the blender on and off, but I personally leave it blending and feed it through the top. I usually tear the greens with my hands before inserting them into the blender, but if your blender is not a beast, chop it ahead of time.
- Toss in the apples, bananas, and ice (if using).
- Blend until smooth(ie).