My employees were drinking this God-awful looking drink in a water bottle one day and I questioned them... "What in the world are y'all drinking?! Ughhh!!!" It was green with flecks of what looked like someone had just mowed the grass next to an open drink next to a pond. They assured me that it was indeed delicious AND nutritious and that I MUST try it. After telling me what all was in it, and telling me that one of my main cooks, Brenda, came up with the recipe, I decided to give it a shot. Brenda is an excellent cook, so it couldn't be bad. After one sip of the drink, I'll admit, I was hooked.
I had most of these ingredients at home so I decided to try it out on my little ones. We typically have most of these fruits and honey as well as the baby spinach already on hand. We had leftover kale from a soup we had just made... and I keep bananas frozen in chunks in the freezer just for making smoothies when they get ripe. So I think I really only had to purchase a kiwi and the tea. All in all, I figured I didn't have much to lose by trying it out.
- 1 ripe kiwi
- 1 handful of fresh pineapple chunks
- 1/2 apple cut into chunks
- 1 ripe banana
- I used frozen banana chunks so I didn't use ice
- 1 handful of kale with spines removed
- 1 handful of fresh baby spinach
- 2-3 Tbsp local honey
- 1 cup light colored tea steeped and cooled for a bit
- I used lemon ginger because I enjoy the taste
- (could also use green tea)
Full disclosure. I've not measured anything out properly any time I've made it. I've truly made it by the "handful" or the size of the fruit.
|1 ripe kiwi|
|1 ripe banana (preferably frozen, but not necessary)|
|1/2 apple cut into chunks with core removed (skins on)|
|1 handful of fresh pineapple chunks|
|1 handful of fresh kale with spines removed. (3 leaves total)|
|1 handful fresh baby spinach|
|1 cup lemon ginger tea, steeped and cooled|
|2-3 Tbsp local honey|
Add ingredients to blender and enjoy! If you are iffy on the amount of "green" stuff, cut it down a bit until you are more sure. It really helps to have frozen bananas on hand. You know how you always tend to have a couple of bananas that get super ripe that nobody ate? Well cut them into pieces and throw them into a ziptop bag. They are SO PERFECT for smoothies!