So, since we will be staying at the Lago di Garda, Rimini and Bibione, I wanted to get a bit into shape for the beach... Also, just like with the Buddha Bowls I was curious about "green" smoothies or smoothies with a lot of raw green veggies for that matter. Bae was on board with this and so I tried a smoothie of my own creation.
I named it the green flamingo, because I recently found these pretty mason jars with flamingos and I just NEEDED to buy them.
The fact that even though our kitchen is quite big, there is hardly room left where I can put my treasures, is totally another matter... As well as the fact, that Bae hardly ever finds anything in our kitchen, because it is sorted (accidentally, of course) according to how I want the things to be sorted... So glad, he does not get all too mad about this!
But now to something completely different.
Just a short disclaimer: All my recipes are based on what I (we) personally like to eat! First and foremost, eating and cooking or preparing things should be fun and an adventure! I find inspiration everywhere, but I hardly ever cook by recipes. I love to vary them and would like for you to do the same! So, when I write something down, please do not stick to it, if you do not like one or two ingredients. Or worse, don't try it to begin with! Please try out and vary every ingredient to your own liking. The base of this smoothie is a fruity "sourness" and the more "bitter" taste of the veggies. Stay within this range (and balance out the bitterness with sweet or sour tastes) and you can add nearly each and every veggie/fruit combination. My Green Flamingo is only an example of a mix that worked well (for my taste!)
Ingredients (two servings):
1 kiwi (peeled, of course)
ca. 15 cm cucumber (washed, peel it or not --> that's up to you!)
ca. 10 rasberries
ca. 50gr blueberries
ca. 75gr (or more, if you like) fresh, raw spinach leaves
3 spoons of either vanilla (that is what I used) or neutral protein powder
at least 100 ml of ice cold water (more or less, depends on how thick you want the smoothie)
- if you use neutral protein powder, you can add ca. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- you can also add: 1/2 avocado, and/or 100gr watermelon
- you can use strawberries instead of raspberries (sweeter taste)
- if you want it a bit sweeter: add 1 tsp honey, or 2 tsp xylit (or birch sugar)
- you can add additional almond/rice/soy/coconut milk or use only this instead of water (I mostly use unsweetened roasted almond milk)
- or you can also use "real" milk!
How I did it:
Very pragmatic: Put all the stuff into a strong blender and blend until you get the consistency you want. Add additional fluids until thickness is perfect. Colour should be a light greenish/blueish tint.
Pour into pretty jars/jugs/glasses or whatever and enjoy!