Sunrise Green Smoothie – One Of My Favorite Smoothies Ever!

Something incredible happened when I was on vacation with friends recently.

SunriseSmoothie

A couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed a weekend getaway to the French West Indies with 3 other couples. We rented a villa, so it was like one big slumber party the whole time. We ate every meal together, it so fun! The first morning I woke up expecting to have a croissant for breakfast (because that’s what is typical for that part of the world – and I love them!), but to my surprise, my friend was busy making a green smoothie in the kitchen. Frankly, I was shocked and so happy at the same time! My friend ended up making one of the best smoothies I have ever had – using the only produce he could find on the island. Vegetables like kale were not available at the store, so he used some spinach and some other basic ingredients he could find. I couldn’t believe how good it turned out. The next morning, I made sure to wake up early, so I could watch, help him make it and steal the recipe! Haha! Here it is: 

4.5 from 19 reviews
Food Babe's Sunrise Green Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 cups dark leafy greens - spinach works well
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup ice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put dark leafy greens, cucumber, lime juice, water into a high speed blender and blend for a minute.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
Notes
Please choose all organic ingredients if possible

 

This recipe would be great to try with added hemp protein for an after workout shake or meal replacement. 

If you know someone who loves green smoothies, or wants to try something new, please share this recipe with them! It’s so easy and can be made anywhere if you have a blender. 

Xo,

Vani 

P.S. For the record, I still had my fair share of croissants (one of my favorite foods ever!). 

 

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93 Responses to “Sunrise Green Smoothie – One Of My Favorite Smoothies Ever!”

  1. paula

    Hi Krista,
    I heard that vitamix is not good because uses a fast speed that spoils the good in the foods and that we are supposed use blenders like nutribullet because use slow speed and keeps all the nutrients.
    Do you know anything about it?
    Anybody else?
    Thank you!

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    • Sylvia (to paula)

      As a juice expert, (I own a juice bar) I can tell you that the speed of the blender is not as important as what temperature the contents reach while blending. At a slower speed, you have to blend longer. The type of blender is not relevant as they all provide heat from friction, and you want to use the shortest cycle possible so that you don’t have the contents reach 118 degrees. At that temp, 100% of all enzymes are destroyed in any produce. I emphasize destroyed vs killed because enzymes are not alive and can’t be killed, but heat above that temperature destroys them. If you use a Vitamix at a short interval, it would be fine. Toss in a couple of ice cubes if you think its a problem. I have several brands of juicers and blenders. I find that claims such as the one you mention are usually propagated by competitive brands and are not really relevant if you know more about how to operate these machines. For example, you often hear it said that when you juice, you have to drink it immediately or it is no longer good. That is crazy as well and originates from companies that want to sell expensive juicers. Think about it—the produce you buy at the grocery store is usually a couple of weeks old, yet you buy it anyway—it hasn’t just come off the farm. Likewise, at farmers markets, produce is often a few days to a few weeks old. Because what they don’t sell that has sat outside in the heat for several hours for the duration of the market, they haul back home and put in coolers or something, and then they take it to their next market some days later, and it sits out in the heat again. We’re a vendor at farmers markets and try to buy bulk wholesale from farmers all the time so we observe this.

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      • Julia (to Sylvia)

        Our nutritionist advised to blend the ingredients in the vitamix by blending about 5-10 seconds on, 2-5 seconds off, repeating it few times, and by touching the blender cup, making sure it is not warm. Pay attention that there should be enough liquid to avoid overheating (or ice cubes can help). :)

  2. Ginger

    I thought you weren’t suppose to mix fruits with vegetables because they inhibit the proper breaking down in the stomach.

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    • Sandy (to Ginger)

      Hi Ginger, the key words in your question is “breaking down”. If you’re using a high speed blender like a vitamix, the fruit and veggies are being broken down for you. When you drink a well blended smoothie, your body does not have to break it down because it’s already done. That makes it easier for your body to absorb it. Your body still has to process the fiber in the smoothies though, and that’s what keeps you full longer. Hope that helps. :)

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  3. Carson

    There are as many good smoothie recipes as there are people who make/drink them. Common sense is all that’s needed – unprocessed, natural, nutrient-rich ingredients, to your own taste. But in response to one previous comment, I would avoid using raw eggs in anything, whether they’re organic or not.

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