I've been drinking smoothies for a while now. I love them. My favorite one right now is made like this:
1/4 to 1/3 chunk of beet
1 carrot (with the peel)
1 small carton Greek Gods honey yogurt
1 or 2 leaves kale
a handful or two spinach
3 or 4 leaves Romaine lettuce
about 1/3 c. frozen blueberries
about 1/3 c. frozen strawberries
about 1/3 c. frozen raspberries
about 1/3 c. frozen cherries
a small carton coconut water
1 large handful raw cashews
about 2 tbsp. flax seeds (I throw them in unground and the blender takes care of them)
about 2 tbsp. hemp nuts
a few ounces whole leaf aloe vera juice
Oh my delicious! I'm feeling better and losing weight. My husband doesn't like this recipe because he says it tastes "too beety". I honestly don't taste the beet; I think the whole thing tastes yummy. This makes about 2 quarts - I drink one for breakfast and one for lunch.
I will often switch out the "greens" depending on what I can find at the store that week. I like collards, chard, kale, spinach, and romaine lettuce for my greens. Cabbage is a bad idea - it doesn't blend well and ends up tasting chalky.
For my kids I usually make something sweeter. They haven't fully embraced the smoothie revolution.
about 1 cup frozen berries (a mixture of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries)
a small carton yogurt (usually a "red" flavor like strawberry or blueberry or cherry)
a small handful greens
We've made a deal that they'll allow me to add in smaller amounts of greens little by little. So each day we add another leaf or two of spinach.
I use 100% fruit juice and Stonyfield yogurt which has no artificial colors. I also keep the peels on the fruit.