During the summer months - when it was hot and I was tried from a morning at the farm - smoothies became one of my favorite snacks. Lately though I've been making them a bit differently than I used to: now, I put veggies in them.
It's one thing if I enjoy them. But a few weeks ago I put a 1/2 cup of raw spinach in a smoothie I made for my eleven year old brother. Upon taking a sip, he didn't notice. I thought I was being so crafty, so sly. (He knows now and was only mildly impressed.)
So here are the basic ways I sneak vegetables into smoothies. Depending on how I concoct it, one glass can sometimes contain two to three servings of fruit/veg.
Banana smoothie base:
3 ice cubes
1 banana, peeled
1/4 - 1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 - 1/2 cup water (or milk of any kind)
1/2 - 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Toss everything into a blender and give it whirl until the ice is chopped and everything is well combined. Add veggies if desired.
Spinach → slight change in taste, no change in texture if when blended.
Raw broccoli → change in taste noticeable, texture becomes gritty.
Lettuce → makes smoothie bitter, no change in texture.
To disguise the veggies, add:
Spices to taste (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
1/4 - 1/2 cup other fruit (frozen blueberries and strawberries work well)
fresh orange juice in place of water or milk
(Above, my breakfast smoothie containing lettuce and peanut butter, paired with toast from here.)