Smoothies are a great way to increase your daily fruit and vegetable intake. This recipe is loaded with vitamins and is naturally sweet from the fruit…no juice needed. Any blender will make a smoothie but not every blender will give you an ultra-smooth smoothie (like the ones at Jamba Juice or other fancy smoothie stores). I absolutely love my Vitamix 5200 and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top-quality blender. Yes, it’s spendy but I use it almost as much as my stove/oven so it’s gotten a ton of use in my kitchen.
As far as smoothies go, sometimes I skip the ice and use about a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water (enough to get a drinkable consistency). I also use a combo of spinach and kale when I have both on hand. Enjoy!
It’s Easy Being Green Smoothie
-recipe from Vitamix
Yield: 2 3/4 cups (660 ml)
1/2 cup green grapes
1 medium orange, peeled, halved
1/2 medium banana, peeled
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. If necessary, use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached. Serve.
Note: This recipe has been written for the Vitamix 5200 with Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.