As much as I love that there are "recipes" for green smoothies, I've always found it odd, hitting the store and buy specific ingredients FOR a green smoothie. More often than not, our fruit basket is overflowing with rando ripe fruits, the freezer full of frozen tchotchkes that ought be used to make room for the Trader Joe's mini pizza's my children would subsist on were it not for the having of a mother who cares about their daily nutritional needs.
And so. I set out to create a smoothie formula that works everytime. With whatever you got in the fridge, freezer, fruit bowl. It's called the Kitchen Sink Smoothie Formula.
Because you know as well as I do: there is no smoothie thing quite so sad as blending up a batch of smoothie that tastes like dirt.
And it's so easy for a smoothie to taste like dirt.
It just is. Are you nodding your head? Me too.
So, for today's "recipe" I'm sharing a general rule of thumb recipe with which you can play.
Because friends don't let friends smoothie poorly.
Scroll to the bottom of this posty right here. Grab the recipedea (that's shortform "recipe idea")(no it's not)(I just made that up). Then hit the kitchen, see whats you's gots. And create your own giant Farmer's Market blender of smoothie perfection.
With this Kitchen Sink Smoothie concept in tow, it's really, really, really, really hard to mess smoothies up.
And, good lord. If you try this and it works, post a pic on Insta and tag me in it.
If it doesn't? Let's just pretend this never happened.
Kitchen Sink Green Smoothie Formula
It's the best way to make a smoothie, using what you've got on hand. Follow the basics below for a winning green smoothie everytime.
2 servings | 5 mins
- 2 cups smoothie-friendly greens, fresh or frozen (spinach, romaine, kale or baby arugula)
- 1 1/2 cup naturally sweet fruit, fresh or frozen (tropical blend, banana, pineapple, mango, strawberries)
- 1 cup mild veggies (optional) (carrots, cucumbers, parsnips, beets, cauliflower)
- 1 peeled citrus (orange, lime or lemon)
- 2-4 Tbsp raw honey (to taste, but I prefer mine a little on the sweet side)
- 1-2 Tbsp "booster" (chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, cocoa powder, matcha)
- pinch of sea salt (this seriously adds a little boost of flavor. Don't skip it!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (add if using almond milk)
- Water or almond milk, enough to make the smoothie your preferred texture
- Garnish (fresh berries, a scoop of yogurt, scoop of greens powder, passion fruit, chopped tropical fruit, cacao nibs, chia, flax)
Blend everything together until very smooth. Enjoy.
NOTE: for that pretty (messy) rim you see in the pictures, drizzle honey around the edges of your glass, then dip in chia seeds.