I realize this smoothie is a little on the green side. Fear not lovely readers who have yet to jump aboard the green smoothie train – it tastes like an Orange Creamsicle. No, really! I know that seems highly unlikely looking at the color of it, and reading the list of ingredients will probably do nothing to quell your that-can’t-possibly-taste-good fears. There’s nothing else for it – you’re just going to have to trust me on this one and whip it up one morning. If you’re conscious of odd looks and strange comments at the office, grab yourself one of those colorful cups – no one will be any the wiser.
The problem with most smoothie recipes is that many of them use banana to give it that creamy texture. We don’t do bananas. Then they’ll use fruits like apples and grapes to sweeten them, because they are really good at sweetening things. We don’t do those super-sweet fruits. So I really had to start from scratch on the smoothie front. If you’re like me, the thought of drinking your veggies in liquid form isn’t horrible, but if I had a choice I’d really rather prefer it if they tasted like something else entirely. Like an Orange Creamsicle or a Strawberry Milkshake.
In the first Green Smoothie I made for you I used avocado to give the creamy texture. With this one, although the pith of the oranges helps, there’s nothing to hold everything together, and quickly after mixing, smoothies like this tend to separate. I don’t care for that whole weird texture thing, so I was racking my brains for a solution that didn’t involve adding avocado, but was something bland enough to not alter the flavor. Enter guar gum, which I have been playing around with as a crumb stabilizer / emulsifier in *SANE baked goods. Turns out a splash of guar gum at the very end solves every smoothie texture and separation issue around. Yay. I really mean, YAY!!!
So while guar gum is optional, it will improve the texture and creaminess of your smoothie by miles, and will also prevent your smoothie from separating if you don’t drink it fast enough. On those days when you make a smoothie in the morning but plan to drink half of it later in the day, your separation issues are now a thing of the past.
- ½ cup / 4 fl oz. unsweetened thin coconut milk
- ¼ cup / 2 fl oz. non-fat Greek yogurt
- 6 oz / 170g fresh spinach
- 2 oranges, take zest from ½ an orange before peeling
- 1 cup / 3 oz. / 85g vanilla whey protein powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Xylitol or equivalent sweetener to taste
- ½ tsp guar gum
- Place ingredients in blender in order listed, including orange zest, except guar gum.
- Blend on high until completely smooth.
- Remove blender lid stopper and while blender is still running shake guar gum in.
- Blend for 10 seconds.