Since the new year I have been making a conscious effort to experiment more with my smoothies. This goes for my green smoothies as well as my non green smoothies. I have been doing my best to keep track of them all. Working on tweaking the recipes and making them the best they can be, sharing my favourites here on Health is Happiness. What does this mean? It means I will be sharing quite a few smoothie recipes here on the blog in the weeks and months to come. I will be sure to keep posting delicious non-smoothie recipes as well. Hopefully I can inspire a few more people to give heathy smoothies a try. Quite a few people have been telling me recently that they tried making a green smoothie for the first time and loved it. This makes me very happy.
I am enjoying experimenting with all these new smoothies, finding out what I like and what I don’t. The reason I committed myself to doing this is that I was into the routine of making the same smoothies most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smoothies I was making and am not going to stop making them. My go to greens are still kale, swiss chard, and spinach, as well as collard greens, when I can find them. The fruit I use most are strawberries and bananas. I am going to try and switch it up and mix different greens with different fruit.
My goal is to make smoothies with a wider variety of ingredients and see what works best together. This means more mint, basil, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, parsley, cilantro, and a variety of lettuce, and whatever else I can get my hands on. Hopefully, some wild greens. Fruit like apples, pears, peaches, pineapple, mango, papaya, watermelon and more. Although I know a lot of these fruit come from far away (not local), I am also going to keep in mind what is in season, buying local produce as much as possible when it is available.
Hopefully the smoothie recipes I have been posting and will continue to post will inspire you to try something new as well. Spark your creativity in the kitchen. The recipe I am sharing with you today is the smoothie I made yesterday that I absolutely loved. I found it very refreshing.
I made 2 different versions, one with blueberries and one with raspberries. They were both delicious. I leave the decision up to you. You could even mix the 2. The proportions I present here are not very precise. Once again I leave it up to you. Use them as guidelines, as a base, but experiment a little and see what happens.
I gave a range for the amount of water to use. Start with less water and then keep adding until the smoothie is the thickness you want. The exact amount of water needed will also depend on the exact amount of fruit and greens used.
The combinations of flavours in this smoothie were really fun, fresh, and tangy. There are different layers of flavour. I love the part when the mint flavour pops out. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Let me know if you give it a try and what you think.
Mint, Parsley, Arugula & Fruit Smoothie
1 cup frozen raspberries or blueberries
a loose handful of baby arugula
a loose handful of flat leaf parsley
2 sprigs of mint leaves
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
juice of 1/2 lemon
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the amount of water to get the consistency you like.
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