It’s about time you were introduced to my favorite green smoothie.
So, when you’re making Homemade Yogurt, the instructions call for a little straining action—that’s what makes it Greek—or Greek-style, at least. When the yogurt is finished straining, you’re left with some nutritious, light yellow liquid. That’s whey in its natural form, which packs a significant protein punch. It works wonderfully in a green smoothie like this one, when you want something that’ll balance out sweet and tangy flavors while keeping the consistency creamy.
It’s pretty simple. We’re going to start with half a large avocado and kale or spinach leaves.
Then we’ll add one to one and a half frozen bananas (depending on how slushy you like your smoothie) and three or four frozen strawberries—or an equivalent amount of pineapple—depending on which is in season.
Finally, you’ll add about a cup of whey or milk.
Let it be known: I adore my Vitamix. While a normally-priced Vitamix can cost you $500-$700, we opted to purchase a reconditioned Vitamix, which was just over $300. A reconditioned Vitamix is completely rebuilt and has the same warranty as the newer models. We’ve been pleased with the performance of ours, which you can find here. (Update: Almost a year later and it still works perfectly.)
If you do have a Vitamix, or other high-powered blender, here’s a note about speed: keep it lower than you normally would for a smoothie. The avocado, while it really adds creaminess to the smoothie, can produce a puffy-fluffy texture if you kick the blender into high gear. That’s why avocados can do amazing things, like become pudding.
If you’re into that foamy kind of thing, by all means, go right ahead (you weirdo). But if, like me, you want your smoothie icy but thoroughly blended, keep it on low to chop and mix, then turn up the speed to medium until it’s just blended.
- 1 large or 2 small kale leaves (stems removed) or a handful of spinach
- 1-1½ frozen bananas
- ½ medium to large avocado
- 4-5 frozen strawberries or pineapple chunks
- 1 cup of natural whey or nut milk
- A drizzle of honey or maple syrup
- Pour the whey or nut milk into the blender.
- Remove the stems from the greens and add to the liquid.
- Toss in the rest of the fruit.
- Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top.
- Blend on low speed until large chunks are chopped, then turn up the speed to medium, until the smoothie is creamy and thoroughly blended, with no chunks or pieces remaining.
Notes: 1 We like to freeze our fruit so there’s no need to add ice, which means the texture of the smoothie is better. 2 Nutrition facts reflect yogurt whey, also called sweet whey, and maple syrup. 3 Guys, it looks like way too much sugar, but it’s naturally-occurring sugar with fiber, so your liver won’t freak. Also, sweet whey—as it is aptly named—is high in sugar, but is low-fat and high-protein.