I’m going to jump right in and make a smoothie–I’m starvin’! I’ll go back and fill you in on all the hardware and software in a later post and I’ll try to save those posts to the sidebar for later use. WordPress willing.
I don’t like my shake to have a lot of texture, so I run the more fibrous food through the juicer first. If you have the VitaMix, you can just toss everything in there, but I image most folks are working without that equipment. If, like most people, you also don’t have a juicer AND you hate strings and chunks in your beverages (don’t drink the trashcan punch at a frat party, for one thing), you can pre-purchase carrot juice to start yourself off. But check Goodwill and Craigslist or save your pennies for a juicer. Anyway, the juice:
This is The Juicing. There’s some lacinato kale in the shoot, carrot and kale juices mingle in the bucket. I try to make enough juice for two days at once. Any longer and you start to lose nutrients; any more often and you start to lose patience. that’s about 3 or 4 big ol’ carrots from the Big Ole Bag O’Carrots (organic) at Costco. Organic carrots taste better, or at least have a much better soapy to tasty ratio than conventional carrots.
Mmmm….waste. This is the leavings from those carrots, about 6 leaves of kale, and 3 kiwis. I’m sure that more pioneering spirits dry this stuff out and ground it into flour or something, but I just decided to start a compost pile. that’s where it goes.
All mixed up, you get a nice, bright green. Pour about a cup and a half into the blender jar (this is for two big smoothies).
Now, fill that blender jar with baby spinach (much more tender and mild than when it gets old and obstreperous), and start it on low, working up to a high speed.
Now fill it up AGAIN! This should take about a half a pound of baby spinach. So buy the big bags. And then go plant some out back.
At last we get to the part that makes it Ugli.
See that lovely bright green? It doesn’t mix all that well with the bright red frozen strawberries I add for sweetness, berry goodness, and a bit of cold. Room temp smoothies are ick. I toss in a couple handsful (this is a very scientific blog, you see).
Also, we add the protein powder. I used several different kids and we’ll get to that. Be patient. Geez. Here I’m using Naturade Soy-Free Veg b/c I had been getting a lot of soy in the rest of my diet and needed to scale back somewhere. And see, it’s turning brown. Mmmm. Puce is the best color for food.
Pour into glasses, pop in a straw (it’s SO much better with a straw. Really), and enjoy. More, uglier, shakes to come.