Tip: Blend Green Smoothies without Green Leafy Bits (or an expensive blender!) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tip: Blend Green Smoothies without Green Leafy Bits (or an expensive blender!)

Ever since I started trying to eat healthy and promised to share my healthy recipes with you guys, I started making green smoothies!

*Update* Here is the link to my fave green smoothie recipe on this blog!

My sister likes juicing, but I prefer blending smoothies because they actually keep me full without a million trips to the restroom.  I mean, don't even get me started on the reasons why I prefer smoothies, but there was one instance in which juicing was better.  Whenever I made a smoothie with spinach, kale, or other leafy greens, I would always end chewing pieces of leaf while trying to drink my smoothie.  Ew!  I always assumed that because I don't have an expensive blender that I would have to avoid adding greens to my morning smoothie.  Boo!

However, I stumbled upon a tip that I had to share with you about how to blend a smoothie without leafy bits!




By the way, this is the difference between the two blending methods.  Pretty good, right?  Okay, so here is the tip!


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All you have to do is blend the leafy greens first with a little bit of water.  You might have to jiggle it around a little or add some water until the first few leaves start to blend up into a pureé.  Once it is liquified into a nice smooth green liquid, you are done!


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Then, add the rest of your ingredients and blend like you normally would.


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There!  A perfectly blended green smoothie.  :)


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By the way, the tiny bits in the smoothie above are pieces of coconut and almond meal, but it is still pretty smooth.  No chewing involved!

Happy blending!




25 comments:

  1. This is a great idea! I love making green smoothies, but sometimes the ingredients get stuck. I'll have to try this! Found you on the Bowl of Lemons Linky party.

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  2. Great! Let me know how it goes for you. :)

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  3. You are a GENIUS!!! I make smoothies all the time and I always put spinach and kale in mine. I feel like a cow chewing on cud when I drink it down. I am so going to do this!

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  4. DITTO! I feel like it tastes so much better too, because you don't get those big grassy chunks. Come back and let me know if it works for you! :)

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  5. I love green smoothies. Blending the leafy greens first makes a big difference. By the way, I found you over at The Weekend re-Treat Link up!

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  6. Ha what a great tip!! I have a vitamix now so I don't worry about it, but used the bullet for YEARS and never realized why some blended better

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  7. Seriously amazing tip. My smoothies always look like the one on the left! Can't wait to try this, thank you!

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  8. My name is Katie and I host Inspired Weekends, now open. All entries get pinned. I would love to have you link up! This week’s round is still open!

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  9. Hello! I saw your linky on Think Pink Sundays at the Flamingo Toes blog, and thought I’d stop by to say hi! LOVE your blog! Great advice!

    Gingi at http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  10. This looks yummy! I've wanted to try a green smoothie, but I just get too nervous to do so! LOL

    Thanks for linking up this week at the Link Up!

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  11. I know, right? Glad I'm spreading the word. :)

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  12. I know! I'm not sure why it never occurred to me before. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Thanks! What a lucky duck with your Vitamix! I would blend just about everything if I had one. :)

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  14. Haha! Doesn't this seem like such a "duh" idea? I'm almost embarrassed that I carried around the green-floater smoothies around for so long! :)

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  15. Ooh! I would love to know if it changes his mind. I swear that it tastes way better besides not having to chew!

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  16. Oh good! I hope that it helps. :)

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  17. This is really delicious! No need to be scared. :)

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  18. Yes yes yes! It worked!!! Much better this time. It wasn't completely a puree but I was not "chewing" when I drank it.

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  19. Yes, it definitely still has fiber but no chewing. :) Hallelujah! If you do want it thinner, add water, another liquid or blend it with a juicy fruit!

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  20. The green smoothies have been so intriguing to me, but I am so scared of them! This is a great tip for a smoother smoothie! Thanks!

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  21. You're welcome! I'll have to warn you that the kale or spinach straight will smell & taste like grass clippings, but it's delicious mixed with everything else!

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  22. I've only just started making smoothies regularly and i'd been getting pretty fed up of chewing bits of kale - thanks so much for this miracle tip! :)

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  23. You're welcome! I assumed that I would need an expensive blender, but not at all! :)

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