Raw Vegan Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie16
Piggies! It is DAY 8 of "I LOVE Vitamix" month, and we continue our celebration of all things Vitamix with a delicious easy healthy Vitamix recipe every day in the month of January. If you haven't entered our Vitamix Giveaway yet, simply sign up, create a piggy name and share on Facebook and Twitter for bonus entries! Good Luck!
This is a very short post today, as this is my last day with my parents before they fly back to Australia! BOO! But, the good news is that they will be back in 7 weeks! Yipppeeee! So, I will try and refrain from blubbering all the way home from the airport. I promised to post my mum's favourite green smoothie before she left, so here it is! Vitamix Recipe #8: Raw Vegan Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie.
I was overwhelmed by emails and messages from green smoothie skeptics after the Vitamix giveaway started and I posted my Vitamix Recipe #1: Raw Vegan Spicy Vegetable Green Smoothie. Some green smoothie newbies were surprised by it's delightful flavour. But there were some people who still expressed their fear of green smoothies. It reminded me that there is always somebody starting with their green smoothie journey! For those of you new to green smoothies, check out my green smoothies information page for tips and hints on how to start with green smoothies and the health benefits of blending up a green smoothie a day!
It is very easy to start with fruit green smoothies using mild tasting greens like spinach and romaine lettuce that are easily masked with sweet fruits. These fruity sweet green smoothies taste just like conventional fruit smoothies plus the green colour and added nutritional goodness. Another wonderful idea is to try a chocolate spinach shake that tastes just like a delicious chocolate milkshake. I swear you would never know there was spinach in it!
Romaine lettuce is a wonderful base green for beginner green smoothies because it has a mild colour and flavour that blends up really well with a variety of soft and hard fruits. The sky's the limit with flavour combinations. As your taste buds warm up to green smoothies, you can gradually reduce the amount of fruit and include more vegetables. This raw vegan pineapple ginger green smoothie is a fantastic recipe to start with, because it has a delicious sweet tropical flavour with just a few basic ingredients. You can use filtered water instead of coconut water, but I like the sweetness and energy boost of the coconut water. Add ginger to taste. I have left ginger quantities as a guide only. This is the blend that works for my mum and me. But let your taste buds be your guide.
Give this sweet pineapple ginger green smoothie a spin in your blender and let me know what you think. Oink Oink!
Raw Vegan Pineapple Ginger Green Smoothie
- 3 - 4 cups Romaine lettuce (8 large leaves)
- 3 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 cup coconut water or filtered water
- 1 tsp finely minced ginger
- pinch Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
- Place all of the ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until smooth. YUMMO!
- Serves 2.
Piggy Cooking Tips
How To Select and Store the Best Romaine Lettuce
Romaine or Cos Lettuce has deep green, long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste. The best Romaine lettuce should have compact heads with crisp looking, unwilted leaves that are free of dark or slimy spots, and the leaves' edges should be free of brown or yellow discolouration. Romaine lettuce should be washed and dried (a salad spinner is great) before storing in the refrigerator to remove any excess moisture. Store it in the crisper wrapped in a damp cloth or in a plastic bag. It should keep like this for about 5 - 7 days.