I don’t generally like smoothies. They are tasty, but leave me sugar-crashing 45 minutes later. When my mom asked me for a smoothie recipe last week, I had no tips. “Try a bunch of stuff. See what you like best,” was my helpful suggestion.
Then a few days ago, on another hot, hot day here in Denver, I was looking for a quick snack. (I needed energy for my shopping trip to the outlets. Buying shorts is exhausting.) I couldn’t handle the thought of anything hot — plus I wanted to get a dose of vegetables.
So I put together a quick smoothie. I made it again that night with a few revisions for Matt. Now, I have a smoothie recipe that is damn good, I must say!
Here are my two smoothie-related tips.
1: Buy an immersion hand blender. I used a traditional blender for many years and always envied those with hand blenders. It seemed easier — meaning less messy. But I am sort of anti-kitchen devices, mostly because I have a small kitchen and nowhere to store things. Anyhow, last time my kind mom was out here, she bought me one as a gift. I don’t know how/why I lived without it for so long. It is SO much less messy and is useful for all sorts of blending. And I tend to blend a lot.
Tip 2: Have protein with this. Although there is a nice dose of greens in this recipe, you will still get a rush of sugar from the fruit. I had it along with a leftover sausage that we had grilled last night. That combo held me though two hours of trying to find shorts that fit and are flattering, which I finally did.
Baby spinach leaves, 1 cup packed tightly
Fresh ginger, 1/2 teaspoon chopped
Blueberries, 1/3 cup
Frozen strawberries, 12
Water, 3/4 cup
- Blend together spinach, ginger and water.
- Add peach, blueberries and frozen strawberries and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a few blueberries if you want to make it look prettier for company.
- Enjoy immediately!