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The Master Blend

A green smoothie recipe that makes the most of spinach

green smoothie recipe!

The editors and contributors at destination online cooking community Food52 share a recipe that makes us feel healthier after one read.

Every week on Food52, Gena Hamshaw of blog Choosing Raw posts satisfying, flavorful vegan recipes.

Today: Take the dairy out of your smoothie and add in the green. It’s even more satisfying.

green smoothie!

Smoothies are a no-brainer breakfast for vegans: Many recipes are vegan as written, and if they aren’t, it’s easy to veganize them using plant-based milks and yogurts in place of dairy.

Most of us are familiar with basic smoothie combinations: strawberry banana, mixed berry, pineapple mango, and so on. But the wide world of smoothies extends far beyond these tried-and-true flavors. Once you’ve experienced the fun of adding fresh leafy greens, avocado, or other unusual ingredients to your smoothies, it’ll be hard to go back to fruit as usual.

Your smoothies will be much better off if you freeze your fruit beforehand. I always have a giant bag of peeled, frozen bananas in my freezer; they make it easy to whip up perfectly cool, thick smoothies at a moment’s notice, and they’re essential to achieve the creaminess you would expect from a yogurt-based smoothie. As you’ll see from this recipe, I’m also partial to avocado — it gives smoothies a silky, almost fluffy texture.

But don’t take my word for it. Get blending, and you’ll see what I mean.

green smoothie!

Green Smoothie with Avocado
Serves four

1 banana, peeled then frozen
½ c. frozen (or fresh) mango
½ sm. or med. avocado
1 c. spinach
1¼ c. almond milk (soy, oat, rice, or hemp milk are also fine)
½ tsp. vanilla extract

1. Place all ingredients in a blender; blend until very smooth and creamy.

2. Add a little more almond milk as needed or a few ice cubes if you want it to be frostier.

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