Before you begin:
-You will need a blender – preferably a high powered one, such as a VitaMix
-You will need ice for the first batch
-This recipe is for a large blender
-You will need some small plastic bags for storage and 2 large gallon Ziploc bag to freeze the vegetables.
Ingredients to buy at a great grocery store:
-Buy as fresh as you can
-Buy as organic as you can
-This is a list of what to buy – it makes 3 blendings.
-Each blending tastes great for 2 days (they day you blended it and 1 more day)
-Each blending lasts for 3 days (they day you blended it and 2 more days)
-Each blending makes 4 large cups or 6 small cups
-When you buy these, make sure to use everything up – don’t let them spoil!
Grocery List (make’s 3 blendings)
1 bushel of fresh spearmint
3 small/medium bananas
3 small tomatoes
3 large pears
1 small cantaloupe/honeydew/pineapple
2 bushels of spinach
1 bushel of kale (either dinosaur or green, doesn’t matter)
1 bushel of collard greens
1 large lemon or lime
Instructions (Note: this instruction assume that you use the VitaMix blender, if you have other blenders you might need to chop things up in smaller pieces to blend easier).
- Take skin off of 1 banana, break into 4-5 pieces, and put in blender. Leave the other 2 bananas on the counter.
- Take out seed of avocado. Cut into 3 pieces. Take off skin. Put 1 piece in blender, freeze other two pieces in plastic bag.
- Wash tomatoes. Cut tops off, and cut the rest into 4-5 pieces. Put one tomato in blender, freeze the other two pieces in a plastic bag.
- Wash 2 apples. Cut stems off, and cut the rest into 4 pieces each (a total of 8 pieces). Put in blender. Leave the other 4 apples on the counter or refrigerate them.
- Wash 1 pear. Cut the stem and the seeds off. Also, take the skin off. Cut the remainder into 4-5 pieces. Put into blender. Leave the other 2 pears on the counter or refrigerate them.
- Cut the cantaloupe/honeydew/pineapple up. You will need to take the skin off, and, if you used a cantaloupe/honeydew, you will need to take the insides out. Cut the entire remaining fruit into small, cubic pieces. Put 1/3 in the blender, freeze the other 2/3s using a plastic bag.
- Put 2 measuring cups of water into the blender.
- Blend the fruit mix into a slushee like consistency.
- Wash all the kale/collard greens/spinach thoroughly. We recommend washing them twice to clear all the dirt/pests/pesticides off. Put them aside.
- Cut the stems (tips) off of the collard greens (these will make the drink more bitter).
- Cut all the collard greens and kale into 2 or 3 pieces.
- Take 1/3 of all the kale/collard greens/spinach and put in blender. Take 1/3 and put in a gallon Ziploc bag, and take the last 1/3 and put in a 2nd gallon Ziploc bag. Freeze the 2 bags.
- Separate out 1/3 of the mint leaves. Only wash and pluck the leaves off of the 1/3, put the other 2/3s in a bag in the refrigerator. Put the washed mint into the blender.
- Cut off 1/3 of the lemon/lime and squeeze the juice into the blender. Make sure to not let any seeds get into the juice. Wrap the other 2/3s lemon/lime in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator.
- Put 12 ice cubes into the blender.
- Finally, blend everything together until it is as smooth as possible. If it is too thick, you can add more water.
- Taste it! If it is too thick, add some water. If it is too temperature hot, add some ice or refrigerate it before drinking. If it is too vegetably, you can add some sweet fruit pieces. If it doesn’t taste good, don’t worry! It will taste better as you body gets used to eating real food instead of processed junk.
After you are done
-Clean up everything right away, it makes it easier.
-Put whatever you don’t drink right away in a closed container in the refrigerator. It will last another two days, but it will taste best the next day.
2nd and 3rd batches
-Make sure to blend your 2nd and 3rd batch within a week. Otherwise, the vegetables will start to deteriorate and it will begin to taste bad.
-Since you are now using frozen fruits and vegetables, do not use any ice – just use a similar amount of water.
-Put the room temperature fruit in first (banana, apples, pears) before you put the frozen fruit in.
Tips and Keys
-Lemon/lime will counteract the bitterness found in the kale and collard greens.
-Spinach works very well. Once you get used to this, you can even buy 3 bunches of spinach and use one for each blend.
-Pears work great because they are very sweet, but you can use other fruit as well (peaches, etc.). We recommend using sweet fruits to make the drink taste sweeter.
-Mustard greens taste terrible and make the drink spicy. The stems of the mint will do the same thing – don’t use them!
-Make sure to blend the fruits up first. If you try to put the vegetables in first, it will be hard to blend and sometimes the blender gets stuck.
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