Green Smoothie

Robin in the garden.

 This is the time of year when the weeds grow fast and furious.  Why throw them all on the compost heap? At Three Roods Farm, we eat our weedies. 

    I learned about Green Smoothies from Victoria Boutenko, author of many books on raw food lifestyle.  Drinking green smoothies is a way to incorporate more fresh greens into your diet than you can possible eat. And, of course, fresh greens are full of many essential vitamins and minerals as well as plant protein.  There are savory smoothies and sweet smoothies.  I have not developed a taste for savories yet. But I love sweet smoothies.  Here is a general recipe I use which you can adjust to your taste.

 

     Robin’s Green Smoothie
2 cups water
2 ripe bananas
1-2 cups of ripe berries (strawberries, blueberries, black currants, etc.)
1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
fresh or dried mint leaves
3-4 cups clean green leaves.
Mix everything together in a blender. A vita-mix blender is better for more mature or stringy leaves.
Hints:
– When I find ripe bananas on sale, I buy lots of them. I peel and freeze them.  This makes the smoothie cooler on a hot day!
– Similarly, frozen berries can be used when fresh are unavailable.
– Common weeds are very tasty in a smoothie, including red root pigweed, lambs quarters, purslane, borage, and malva neglecta.
– Spinach, kale and chard thinnings are excellent in smoothies.