I worked in a coffee and smoothie shop during high school, where I did my first of many 5 am shifts and learned how to pretend to be a morning person (it involved drinking a lot of caffeine). I also learned how to pull a shot of espresso, charge friends for milk instead of fancy blended drinks, and how not to make a smoothie. Don’t get me wrong the smoothies were good, but in that fat-free high sugar frozen “yogurt” way, where they’re impossible to mess up, but you might as well be drinking a frappucino.
Because of the sweetness added from the banana and fruit juice this smoothie doesn’t taste like it’s good for you. If you’re new to green drinks, start with 1 cup of greens and build up from there.
The only way I make smoothies now is by freezing everything that can possibly be frozen, leaving ice out of the equation and keeping the liquid to a minimum for a really cold, thick smoothie. I like to prep a week’s worth of these and put 1 smoothie’s worth of ingredients in a small ziplock so i can dump the ingredients in order and just add liquid, so pre-caffeine thinking is left to a minimum.
1 cup pineapple or orange juice (or 1/2 cup juice mixed with 1/2 cup water)
1 banana, quartered and frozen
1 cup apple, cut into 1 inch chunks and frozen
1-2 cups kale or spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds, optional
1/4 avocado, optional
Blend liquid of choice with greens until totally mixed. Add in banana, mix until smooth. Add apple pieces, chia seeds and avocado, mix until completely smooth. If you’re using a Vitamix or similar high powered blender you probably don’t need to blend in stages and can toss everything in at once. Drink immediately. Makes one 16 ounce smoothie.