Drink your salad: my favorite green smoothie recipe

Over the last few years, I have reluctantly become a smoothie girl. I’ve never liked them much, but that’s also because I was rather horrible at making them. Usually they were barely edible.

And then I got a VitaMix.

And if you have a VitaMix, you know there’s no longer any good excuse NOT to become a master of smoothies. I’m not one to bow to a gadget, but this blender changed my life. (Based on my informal research, this is a statement commonly uttered by VitaMix owners). Yes, it’s a spendy blender, but it’s worth every penny.

But I digress. I have experimented, I have played with recipes, I have been taught by a smoothie pro, and I have now come up with my own variation on the green smoothie. If you don’t have a VitaMix, a very good high-powered blender will do, but I’d replace the whole nuts with nut-butter.


  • 1 head romaine lettuce, stem removed
  • 1 big handful parsley
  • 1/2 avocado
  • handful of raw cashews, ideally soaked and dehydrated. (To learn why this is important – stay tuned. Post coming soon!)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • water and meat of one young green coconut (or, if you’re not able to find the coconut, 1-2 cups of coconut water will do)
  • 1-2 tsp raw honey (can be omitted if you’re on a sugar-control program)

Combine all ingredients in your trusty VitaMix (or otherwise high-speed blender) and gradually bring up the speed from low to max. You’ll need to use the “wand” that comes with it to push the ingredients down into the blade. Mix thoroughly until nice and smooth.

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