My lovely friends at Harmless Harvest sent me a glorious shipment of coconut water this morning! As I road on cloud 9 about the coconut water shipment, I couldn’t wait to get started making up some recipes using it and, naturally, started multiple simultaneous recipes at the same time (wouldn’t necessarily recommend doing this.) Not-so-surprisingly is a smoothie recipe; perhaps less expected is a chocolate chip cookie recipe I’m working on that will be coming soon!
Back to the recipe at hand– this delicious & healthy green smoothie. Coupled with my excitement about the coconut water shipment and brainstorming of smoothie ideas, hubby woke up feeling under the weather this morning. I think we all know where this is going next: immunity boosting smoothie! Each ingredient in this smoothie serves an important nutritional purpose on top of an important flavor & texture purpose. I’ll have you know that one sip of this green juice perked hubby right up from his previously bed-ridden state! (Even I didn’t expect it to help THAT much.)
A little low down on the importance of each ingredient before we get to the smoothie measurements…
Harmless Harvest Coconut Water: the healthiest coconut water around. And also the prettiest with its beautiful natural pink hue. What I love about this coconut water, besides its delicious taste and the healthy way it’s produced, is the mission of the company behind it. Harmless Harvest is America’s first Fair For Life Coconut Water. Meaning they give back to the community where the coconuts are harvested. They care about our planet. We need more brands like Harmless Harvest in the world. Harmless Harvest coconut water adds a healthy sweet flavor to this smoothie while also being a crucial hydrating base liquid that pulls the whole smoothie together.
Macintosh Apples: Great source of immune-boosting vitamin C, and adds a crucial “tartness” to the flavor combo of the smoothie as well as more liquid.
Celery: celery gets a bad rep for not being that nutritious, but it’s actually a total superfood! Not buying it? Check out this write-up about celery from Goop ! Actually, come to think of it, all 4 of the foods raved about in the article are included in this smoothie! Boo-yah!(I didn’t even do that on purpose!) Celery adds a refreshing flavor to this smoothie that makes it simply “taste healthy.”
Red/Purple Kale: it was labeled RED kale at Whole Foods, but was the most beautiful purple color! In which case I think it’s only right to call it PURPLE kale anyways. Oh KALE yeah. Kale is one of the most well-known superfoods. It is a nutritional POWERHOUSE. Not enough time in the day, or memory space in my brain, to list all of the health benefits of kale. For purposes of this smoothie, let’s leave it at “boosts immunity.” Same goes for all colors of kale as there is only minimal difference in nutritional content between red/purple & green kale, and they all taste the same. Kale has a bitter flavor and a tough texture, which make the sweet & tart flavors and textures of the other ingredients that much more important so they all balance each other out.
Banana: superior to nutritional content, in my opinion(and I know some people would be upset about this statement), is the banana’s flavor & a texture contribution. It’s not that the health benefits aren’t impressive, it’s just that their flavor/texture impact IS THAT MUCH MORE impressive. Bananas add a natural sweetness to smoothies that is vital to 90% of the smoothies I make, err maybe more like 99%. If we’re out of bananas that’s a game-changer for me if I was thinking about making a smoothie. (Avo toast or cereal day instead!) Banana is so so important to the flavor combos of my smoothies! Furthermore, it’s a great source of potassium, magnesium, and fiber blahblahblah.
Ginger: everyone knows ginger is a health-boosting rock star. Please see same Goop article as referenced for Celery. Ginger added powerful flavor kick to this smoothie that makes you feel 110%.
Raw Buckwheat Honey: raw honey has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that will kill bad stuff. Raw Buckwheat Honey takes it up another notch as its darker color indicates higher antioxidant counts. I had a terrible time deciding between Raw Wildflower Honey or Raw Buckwheat Honey since both are good for you, but one is even better for you, but I like the taste of the other one more. lol I enjoy the taste of Wildflower honey so much more than buckwheat honey, but hubs doesn’t mind the taste of buckwheat honey and the smoothie is more for him than me since he’s the one feeling under the weather, so I went with buckwheat honey. Now excuse me while I go throw myself a pity party. Jk, with all the other flavors of this smoothie, I didn’t even notice the buckwheat honey flavor at all! Side note: you can totally substitute any type of honey you want or use a totally different type of sweetener.
This write up from blisstree.com pretty accurately describes buckwheat honey(especially the part about the warning):
Buckwheat honey is a dark, almost amber-colored honey that’s rich in iron and antioxidants. It’s been shown to help relieve coughing in children more effectively than cough syrup. Fair warning, though: Buckwheat honey has a very rich, distinctive taste that some people find unpleasant. So use sparingly; this isn’t heaping-spoonfuls-in-your-Cheerios kind of honey. Read more
**Makes 4 Servings**
3 Macintosh apples (leave skins on only if organic. I peeled mine because I wasn’t totally sure)
Approx 1 Cup chopped Celery
Approx 2 Cups Purple Kale (remove tough stems)
1 tbsp fresh grated Ginger (I think I actually used twice this amount, but I was going for something really intense. That it was. Proceed per your personal preference 🙂 )
1 Organic Banana
2 tbsp Raw Buckwheat Honey
1 Cup Ice
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency is reached.
Pro tip: I like to add the ice last and blend the rest of the smoothie ingredients together first. Especially when working with kale, it can take awhile for the blender to break everything down to desired smoothie texture and in the process warms up the whole smoothie the longer the blender is running. So I like to add the ice after all the other ingredients are already smoothly blended. And then blend once more just briefly to crush the ice. This brings the temperature back down to something refreshing.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy!