Paleo Plan

Green Smoothie

Green-Smoothie

Makes 2 smoothies.

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 Tbs flax seeds
  • 6 large kale leaves (take out woody stems), or 2 handfuls of spinach
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Quarter apple and pear, remove stems and seeds and put in blender.
  • Add remaining ingredients to blender and puree. Add more water if needed.

Add fresh fruit, cucumbers, slivered almonds, coconut, fresh herbs or different dark leafy greens for tasty variations on this recipe.


49 Comments

  1. PWheels

    Ours came out a little thick, so we watered them down to make them drinkable. Might want to use at least 2 cups of water!

  2. Kathyb

    Seems like a lot of sugar. My doc recommends that I limit sugar while on the plan. This is getting very confusing!

  3. shoestrings

    Its a little odd at first but its okay, Im going to try to play with this recipie. Id use 1/2 an apple no pear and mmaybe throw in some blue berries? Ill see!

  4. I’d add a carrot or two to the mix in place of the pear, but otherwise sounds tasty.

  5. can i use sugar free dairy free coconut milk instead of water? is that still paleo?

    • dan – Yep, that’s pretty Paleo, although there are a ton of ingredients in the stuff in the carton. You could just use watered down (if necessary) coconut milk from a can?

  6. I have to admit, I was a little worried. I left out the apple, because I was only trying to make enough for one breakfast and I still made too much. I have to admit, I absolutely loved the taste. I only used 1/2 cup of water because I wanted the thickness. It was such a luxurious smoothie. Now I’m excited to try some new comboes like apricot and spinach with a dash of basil or rosemary.

  7. I added a bit more ginger and a bit more lemon juice and 10 ice cubes and its so good….

  8. I am going to try this tomorrow but think im going to use coconut water instead of normal water

  9. cjminott

    Replace most of the water with ice. Mine was actually quite warm so I added some.

  10. Ian Williams

    Could Add some cucumber too. Brings a bit of water and a lovely freshness. Cucumber rocks in smoothies

  11. jmgremillion

    Pretty tasty – I usually do either apple or pear and it works out well. I use boxed coconut milk for some liquid (or a little canned coconut cream) and it definitely needs ice!

  12. Can you use chia seeds instead of flax seeds??

  13. Is there suppose to be protein in the drink or just as is for breakfast?

    • Neely Quinn

      Pamela Mahon – There is an egg in this smoothie, and usually we recommend that people eat some protein on the side (bacon, sausage, chicken…)

  14. briah2665

    Not for us. This “sushi smoothie” was almost too gross to stand. If it wasnt for the ginger, lemon and flax seeds it might not be so bad. But we managed to swallow it all. We used coconut milk instead of water and spinach instead of kale. Perhaps some berries might make it more tolerable. But we won’t be makin this one again. Sorry.

  15. We SOOOO love this recipe. I, like the others, made a few adjustments. Instead of the apple and pear, we use a banana. And, we add a scoop or two of vanilla protein powder depending on if we’re having any other source of protein with it. It is so thick and creamy….and filling!! A winner in my book.

  16. araaviis

    Neely/Jason, I’m sorry, but I didn’t notice an egg in the recipe. Maybe it’s supposed to be there, but it isn’t? For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed this recipe! Especially the tang of the ginger and the lemon. :)

  17. sorry the thought of a raw egg in this makes me wanna gag any subs?

  18. Natashj4@gmail.com

    Hi, is ginger going to make or break this? Or not sure?

  19. Can you use chia seeds as a sub for flax seeds??

    • Neely Quinn

      Carol – Yeah, I think a lot of people do that. They don’t have quite the same fatty acid profile, but they’re similar.

  20. Juanita P.

    I also wanted to just ask……I enjoy drinking Green Smoothies quite a bit……so if I just add a pastured egg or two to the mix would this then make my Smoothies Paleo approved and a complete nutritious breakfast?

    I often enjoy an egg over light for breakfast but not a completely raw egg in a drink….just wondering if the taste is noticeably different?

    • Neely Quinn

      Juanita P. – I mean the green smoothie on its own is Paleo for sure. Adding the egg(s) just gives it more protein and fat, which will keep you full and satisfied for longer, and help your blood sugar. The taste isn’t that much different, but you should try it out yourself to see if you like it. Or just have the egg on the side – or any kind of meat for that matter.

  21. Reverendlrc

    Added banana and blueberries instead of pear (didn’t have a pear). Did 1/2 and 1/2 kale and spinach.
    Used ice cubes and then set it in the freezer for a few minutes to chill it before serving. I like it cold. :)

  22. amazing526@msn.com

    Good morning

    I have a question. Is it expense to eat this way? Can you estimate how much it would be to eat this way for two weeks.

    Gracie

  23. Jennessee

    A green smoothie is one of my favorite ways to start the day. Even my 2 year old loves it. I noticed a few comments about chia seeds & want to caution people agains using dry seeds. They absorb a LOT of water, so if you don’t soak them to their full capacity before you consume them, they will absorb YOUR water on the way out, leaving you dehydrated. Soaked, they are a great source of protein.

  24. susan schultz

    I make a great tasty breakfast green smoothie, it starts with 1 cup water , 1 scoop vanilla protein powder,1 to 2 T. almond butter , 1 handful kale , 1 handful fresh spinach , 4 large frozen strawberries, and 1 wedge cantaloupe , cut in large cubes . Place in blender and stir until blended then blend on high until smooth.

  25. Hi,

    I thought you should never ever mix veggies with fruit other than apples in order to digest them as they use different enzymes. Any comments?

    Thanks!

    • Neely Quinn

      Bernie – I don’t subscribe to the food combination edicts out there. I think it’s a little silly, especially because everyone is so different. Some people can handle mixing food in a meal, others who are super sensitive can’t.

  26. Guys are arguing about eggs and missing the most obvious filler. The lemon peel!!! Contains pectin, among other things. Seriously, the lemon peel is the tastiest part of the lemon. Google the benefits of citrus peel, then start adding a whole half lemon instead of just the juice of one. (use organic, or wash thoroughly by soaking in vinegar).

    My favorite green smoothie recipe
    1 cup cold brewed green tea (just put two bags in a quart sized mason jar and refrigerate a few hours. No bitterness, a fraction of the caffeine, all the antioxidants)
    Half a lemon, with peel
    Handful spinach
    Handful frozen blueberries (makes it chilled)
    Small scoop raw local organic honey (for sweetness, health, and natural anti-histamine)
    Hint of cayenne (optional for digestive organ cleansing)

    It is tasty and so filling, because of the lemon peel. You will find yourself eating less all day. STOP THROWING YOUR PEELS AWAY TODAY, and your body will thank you.

  27. I am new to this eating plan..so here is my question..Can I have stevia? I haven’t seen any post on that subject so far. Too I enjoy dressings with my salads..are there any that are permitted?

  28. Made this as instructed and wasn’t a fan. I think it needs coconut or almond milk to make it creamier. Will try for next time.

  29. One of my fav smoothies: blueberries, kale, spinach, almond milk, stevia, water and supplements.

  30. I need help finding a healthy smoothie, not too much sugar. I hate the taste of ‘green smoothies’ sorry.

  31. I drink a green smoothie every morning and this yields 2.5 large smoothies and is delicious. I bulk it up with some protein and fat from coconut milk:

    1 bag of greens (I use Super Greens from Trader Joes or Spinach)
    1 banana
    1/2 can light coconut milk
    2 tbs flax seeds
    1/3 C Hemp Protein Powder
    1 bag frozen fruit (I alternate between blueberries, strawberries, a blend of tropical fruit, etc)
    1-2 C water (I eyeball it)

  32. Super yummy! My 19 month old and I are loving it. Gonna put the recipe on the fridge. Thanks!

  33. I’m with Sharlene, no one has mentioned if Stevia can be used in the paleo diet. It’s plant based but it must be processed. I’d love your opinion.
    I am also doing a sugar cleanse and a drop or two of the stevia would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Janet

  34. Caveman Bob

    I have a Ninja that normally smoothies pretty well, but I couldn’t get the kale down to where I liked it. I have made many a green smoothie and this one is a little tart. It was enjoyable, but I won’t be making it again. My old standby is 1 banana, frozen blueberries, handful of spinach, and water w/ flax/chia/whatever. That’s as easy as it gets.

    • Caveman Bob – One thing you could try (or maybe you did) is taking the kale leaves off the stalks. So just tear the leafy part off of the long, fibrous stalks in the middle. Sorry you didn’t like it!

  35. Gretchen

    A person in the grocery store told me she keeps some white tea in a jar in the refrigerator and adds that to her mix when she needs a liquid to thin it. I like the idea and have been using green tea as a substitute.

  36. Nathalie

    This is a beautiful smoothie, tasty, sweet enough, I love it so does my son of 7 years old.

  37. Jessica E

    This drink is very refreshing!

  38. Do the flax seeds need to be ground?

    • Mary – No, not necessarily. It just depends on your preference for texture.

  39. Kaylie

    Tried it with Kale. It was pretty terrible. No, actually, it was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to eat. Nice and healthy though.

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