i must have felt adventurous this morning, because i decided to go ROGUE with my green smoothie recipe and just whip up something impromptu. i had a kale green smoothie yesterday, so in an attempt to rotate my greens, i was hell-bent on using up the 1/2-head of romaine lettuce i had left in my fridge.
here’s my concoction:
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 1 banana
- 1/4-inch fresh ginger root
- 1/2-head of romaine lettuce, washed
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 ice cubes
the interesting thing about romaine lettuce (to me at least) — the “chlorophyll”/green taste is very strong, and the smell is quite pungent. stronger (i think) than the smell of kale. i don’t know why, though?? i already know i love my kale smoothies, so maybe next week, i’ll experiment with swiss chard, parsley and spinach…
overall, my “Rogue Romaine” smoothie wasn’t half bad! in the future, i would maybe add a 1/2-cup of grapes for more sweetness, or maybe slightly more ginger for some kick!
i was reading in Victoria Boutenko’s Green Smoothie Revolution that you’re supposed to rotate your greens when you make green smoothies. the reason is: each green has its own alkaloids. in small doses, they are fine, but if you OD and eat the same green for weeks, they accumulate and become toxic. (this is a natural defense mechanism for these greens in the wild, so that they aren’t being monopolized when eaten!)
so while yesterday was all about KALE, today was about…romaine lettuce!
it’s hard to believe that romaine is considered a dark “green”. i guess because i often associate romaine with Caesar Salads.
here was today’s recipe:
Party In Your Mouth Green Smoothie
1 small pineapple, cored
1 large mango, peeled
1/2 head of romaine lettuce
1/2 inch fresh Ginger Root
yields 2 quarts
while it was very delicious, surprisingly…i actually preferred yesterday’s KALE smoothie instead! go figure…