By Sally McCabe
PHS Associate Director, Community Education
Sally’s Green Smoothie
Nothing is better than a smoothie made with greens straight from your own garden. Here, I’m selecting chickweed, mustard, spinach, and lettuce from my garden. I chose these because they came up all on their own from last year and are consistently great. I have also added dandelion and garlic mustard greens from the yard. Since I am gathering them from the yard, I have to make sure I double- or triple-rinse them, and also make sure I pick out the pine needles — they don’t blend well, and get stuck in your teeth!
My smoothie recipe:
- Large handful of greens
- One cup of apple juice (you can also use water, but you get a thinner, less flavorful drink)
- One banana (I bought these when we were still going to the market. As they started to get soft, I put them in the freezer. I pull one out and let it thaw a little before putting it in the blender). Other fruits give different colors, but I prefer greens to look green. They make me feel righteous that I’m getting my vegetables!
- Some source of protein — I use yogurt, nuts, chia seeds, sprouts or whatever I have on hand
- Blend until you can no longer recognize any of the flecks, then a little longer. Otherwise, you will need to drink your smoothie through your teeth.