Q. How do you make spinach taste like chocolate?
A. Make it into a chocolate green smoothie of course!
A few months ago I admired those who made and drank green smoothies, I even enjoyed looking at pictures and reading recipes, but I never drank one or even tried one or imagined that it would ever be for me.
Now here I am, lying in bed at night looking forward to the next morning to make my smoothie and dreaming up new combinations of fruit and flavours.
I’ve been following the Green Smoothie Challenge put together by Somer over at Vedged Out. I’m reaching the end of my second week now and am on track to have lost 6 pounds in total. My official week end weigh in is tomorrow and as of today, I have lost just under 2.5 pounds this week.
The real beauty is that I am not hungry and I am in fact not managing to eat all the allowance of food. Four meals a day plus unlimited veggie snacks and a cup of hummus is a lot of food to consume and even a greedy guzzler like me can only manage half of that and many days even less. The fibre from the veggies and the protein from the beans and lentils are not just filling but maintain satiety. Furthermore, we all know that liquid foods like soups are very filling and with a whopping 2 litres of fruit and veg packed smoothie too, it’s hard to want for any food. In fact, only twice in my two weeks have I managed both litres of smoothie.
The challenge has been a minor lesson in organisation for me. I have always been an impulsive cook, maybe I’ll plan what I want to make with what I have the day before, maybe even two days before, but I won’t actually start preparing it, only make a note on my phone. So planning ahead with soups and dressing and hummus was a little new to me but fun at the same time. Not so fun at first was not planning the groceries to ensure lots of carrot and celery snackage with my hummus and needing to crunch on something at my desk between meals. After a couple of days of getting in to the routine, I am consuming carrots by the bunch and I think my local farm shop loves me for it.
Oh, and did I mention, for the first time in 18 months I don’t have to count and calculate calories and weigh every morsel passing my lips and I am still losing weight?
This smoothie is an adapted amalgamation of two of Somer’s smoothies from the challenge, the Green Julius and the Chocolate Covered Blues. It is chocolate orange heaven and a liquid jaffa cake. No taste, texture, or even colour of greens so this is a great one to get some nutrients into any greens fussy children, or adults.
Be sure to check out the incredible nutrition info below, we’re talking chocolate milkshake with no cholesterol, 76% of the daily recommended Calcium, 432% of the daily recommended Vitamin A and 460% Vitamin C.
Ingredients: Serves 1
- 2 cups fresh kale (or spinach)
- 1 banana
- 2 peeled oranges, plus the zest of 1/2-1 before peeling
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
- Stevia to taste (optional)
Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. If you don’t have a blender you can use an immersion blender or food processor but you may need to pass it through a sieve to get it smooth.
I’m entering this into the #EXTRAVEG FOOD BLOG CHALLENGE – MAY 2015 hosted by Veggie Desserts, Fuss Free Flavours and Utterly Scrummy.
Very high in calcium
High in dietary fiber
Very high in manganese
High in magnesium
High in potassium
Very high in vitamin A
High in vitamin B6
Very high in vitamin C
High in vitamin E
Super cute post!
Thank you 😀
It looks really good! I love the addition of cocoa to green smoothies. It gives me the chocolate fix I am sometimes looking for.
I agree, twice I’ve needed chocolate and this hits the spot without reaching for the bars! Thanks for coming by Tami 🙂
What a good idea, can you taste the kale? Is it bitter? X
Not at all Deena! 🙂 X
Cool idea. Spinach smoothies are great, but chocolate makes everything better. Keep posting!
I couldn’t agree more, chocolate does make everything better!
Hey Poppy, you know I always read about smoothies too, but haven’t actually tried one yet you’re inspiring me to actually giving it a go!! 🙂 thanks!!
Go for it! You will be pleasantly surprised! Try this one or one of the one’s from Vedged Out, they are yummy! 😀
I love chocolate and orange together – would never have thought of doing them in a green smoothie, though. Thanks for the inspiration!
Hey Beth! I hope you try it and love it! 😀
This sounds wonderful!
Thank you! 🙂
How amazing – thank you for sharing your experience! Congrats on your success!
Thank you lovely Laura! x
Welcome to the wonderful world of green smoothies Poppy! I was hesitant to try them at first too, but I loved them at first sip. I haven’t made one for awhile, however; because they’re not appetizing to me when it’s cold outside. It’s getting warmer now, so I’ve got to get back to blending. Celeste 🙂
Hey Celeste! Isn’t it funny how our perceptions of food can be so very wrong when we just bite the bullet and try it! I understand them not being appetizing in the cold, it’s warming up here too so was perfect timing!
I hope you had a great holiday! 😀
I’d love to try this but I’m from England so I’m not sure how to go about using cups to measure things like spinach or kale. They’re both vegetables which take up more space than they need to because of air between the leaves, so do you just do two 8oz cups as it is or should you press it down to get as much in as you can?
Don’t worry I’m from England too! Use your measuring jug and pack it in lightly but not so much that it is solid. It doesn’t have to be exact, and sometimes I don’t even bother with the cups, it’s about a fistful per cup.
I really hope that helps!
Cool post Poppy. Yes, as Celeste says, welcome to Green Smoothies! I have been having them pretty much every day for almost 3 years. I love them! They have cleared up my hormonal skin, a problem since having a baby, they cleared up my husbands psoriasis which was really nasty. There are a lot of health benefits and yes weight loss can be one of them. I did get lazy and use the same greens all the time, but I discovered a great stall at my local farmers market. These guys called ‘wild country organics’ grow all sorts of beautiful leafy greens and now I mix it up and make sure I have different greens every week. Stuff I hadn’t heard of like claytonia and tatsoi. I am loving the addition of Sorrel too. It is my mission to get all my friends into Green Smoothies! Not 100% successful yet! Also, you don’t always need milk. In fact I never use it now. I use water or coconut water and they still taste great. Only thing I would change in your recipe is the cocoa to raw cacao 🙂
Hi April! Thanks for your comment. It’s great that you’ve been on the smoothies for so long and that you and you husband have had great benefits as a result! I don’t always use milk, like you I often use water or coconut water but the almond milk works here to get a more creamy consistency which is what I was going for! You can of course substitute it with another liquid, and also the cocoa, even carob powder would be good! Have a great day! 😀
Thanks Poppy, you too! It’s great you’re enjoying them. It was quite a surprise to me to find them so tasty 🙂
Yes me too! I kind of pulled a funny face as I went for my first sip and then was like ‘oh, it’s actually really good!’. Definitely no going back now, I really do feel better, even though I ate a lot of fruits and veg anyway, I think having it as a drink all in one hit first thing in the morning really sets you up for the day and the combinations of nutrients that aid absorption of eachother. Such a great discovery 🙂
Yeah. I thought I ate a lot of fruit & veg too, but it’s amazing the difference it made. It’s the leafy greens, there’s no way I would chew through all that!! Have you read ‘ Green for Life’ by Victoria Boutenko? It’s amazing & what got me started. One of those life changing books.
No I haven’t read it, I’ll look for it on Amazon! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂
I love green smoothies. I usually just blend whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand, but I like your addition of cocoa powder! Also, your straws are so cute!
As a newbie, I’ve been at least loosely following recipes to get the proportions right! This was created from using what I had left at the end of the week and it turned out great! I love the straws too – only downfall is that they go soggy after a little while as they are paper! 😀
Love my daily green smoothie! I miss it if I skip it. I’ve got this one planned for next week :-). Yum!
Yeah I’m not sure I’ll ever go back Annie, even once I’m at my ideal weight. Feel like I’ve had a life change not just a ‘diet’. I’m totally in love, especially now I’ve discovered putting ice in there too! Hope you love this one Annie, would love feedback 😀
You’re so right, Poppy – I can put just about anything into my son’s smoothies, and he gulps them down. It’s an amazing way to get so many nutrients in one drink.
I love your cute straws! Great job on the challenge. 🙂
I was blown away by the amount of nutrition packed in to them! And the thing is I know I wouldn’t eat that amount of fruit and veg in one sitting so it really is great. I love the straws too but they’re made of paper so they do end up soggy! Have to drink quick 😀
Thanks Sophia! (ended up losing 5lbs this week!!!)
That’s exactly it, especially for people who don’t often get that many fruits and veg in, juicing/smoothies are just perfect!
5 lbs, hoorah! – great job. 🙂
Thank you Sophia!! 😀
Yum! As soon as we get our blender fixed, I am making this. Sounds amazing! 🙂
Thank you! I hope your blender gets fixed soon 😀
A cool post, Poppy! I love this combine dtasty smoothy! I love this too! Yummm!
I made it today, very Yummy indeed. X
yeahh indeed! x
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Oh, I’m an impulsive cook too – just worse than you: I only decide what I’m going to eat about an hour before. So I go with what I have in the freezer or the cupboards – and that’s surely not working for my waistline! And I’m such a fussy eater I think for my first time drinking a green smoothie I’m going to ask someone else to prepare it for me – that way I’ll feel obliged to try it 😛 But I’m very impressed with your results!
Hi Erika! I have days like that too! I’m becoming much more organised now though and it really helps to control the urges! Ask someone to make one for you, I promise it’s not gross!! 😀
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