Green smoothie of the day - today's green smoothie has a smooth frothy texture, fiber, a bit of protein and lots of refreshing sweet-tart flavor. Sweetness comes entirely from the citrus and we get an antioxidant boost from the matcha and the mint. With a Vitamix you can blend oats and even seeds into a perfectly smooth drink. Enjoy! Ingredients:
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 Sumo (or other) orange
- 1 1/2 small Japanese (or English) cucumber
- Two small frozen kale chunks*
- two springs fresh mint leaves, stripped off stem
- 3 TBSP oats soaked in water ten minutes
- 1 tsp matcha
- small handful fresh baby spinach
- juice of one small lime
- juice of half Meyer lemon
- 1 TBSP pepitas (raw unsalted pumpkin seeds)
Soak oats in cold water while you chop other ingredients.
Chunks of apple, citrus in bottom, then add cucumber. Sprinkle in matcha, seeds, mint. Add a handful of ice and about 1/4C of cold water.
Vert du Jour
With the greens and mint and oats I kept thinking of that very old children's ditty my father once told me about: "Mairzy doats" anyone remember it? ("Mares eat oats and Does eat oats and Little Lambs eat Ivy, a Kidd'll eat Ivy too, wouldn't you? or Mairzy Doats and Dosey Doats and liddle amzy divey a kiddly divey too wooden shoe.")
*Blanch and freeze mint, or greens like spinach or kale. Freeze in Mini muffin tin or small ice cube trays then pop into zip top bags. These portioned out ready to go ingredients in your freezer make a quick smoothie a breeze. Once blanched and frozen, greens are easy to add to pastas, soups, stews, as well as your next Vert du Jour.
Mint leaves ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Baby Spinach