Let’s start by admitting one thing about this smoothie: it isn’t green. Nor is it rainbow coloured. But it is still a Green Smoothie, because from everything I can see, any smoothie with green leafy stuff in it counts as green. And it definitely starts looking a bit more swampy after a few hours in the fridge, though that probably isn’t a selling point in most circumstances (it still tastes fine, honest). As for the Rainbow Smoothie side of things, I feel the ingredients speak for themselves:
See? Rainbow. True, blue is a tad under-represented, but I felt that adding Blue Curaçao to a breakfast smoothie might undermine its credibility in the healthy breakfast stakes. Though the flavour would be quite complementary, if you wanted to go with the Healthy Yet Hair Of The Dog option. Just saying. Not that I am advocating alcoholic breakfasts, unless they are pancakes, which are a different matter entirely.
Wow, this recipe went off the rails pretty fast, didn’t it?
Anyway. I have to admit, 9/10 of the inspiration for this recipe was the ‘hey, I can use lots of colours’ thing, and the other 1/10 was ‘hmm, better use up this kale before it leaves the fridge under its own steam’.
God, this is sounding worse and worse.
It’s actually a pretty nice smoothie, not that I expect you to believe me at this point. It’s fairly mild in flavour – I was a bit iffy about it at first sip, but liked it more and more the more I drank (and now you really will think I filled it full of Blue Curaçao and truly and honestly I did not, it’s just late on a Thursday night and I’m apparently insane), so the almond milk actually gets to be a bit of a feature rather than just the thing you use to thin out your smoothie, and the banana is a little more present than usual, too. I’d be inclined to add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg next time, in fact.
And no, I really wouldn’t add Blue Curaçao to this. (Rum would be a much better match for the almondy flavour…) (Stop it, Catherine!)
Your Shopping List1 small banana 5 smallish kale leaves 90 g blackberries or blueberries, frozen is good 110 g strawberries (you really can fiddle around with the berries a fair bit, though. This was just the contents of my fridge and freezer) 1/3 cup orange juice, to which you will not add vodka, because this is not that sort of breakfast, what are you thinking? You might also peel a medium-sized orange, remove most of the pith, and put it all in whole – I would have done this, if I had been able to find a ripe orange on my tree. 1 cup almond milk