When KitchenAid sent me their Diamond Blender they also included some recipes and I was so curious about the one for a green smoothie. In my post Green Smoothie? Not for this foodie! I express my confusion and frustration with the green smoothie movement.
Why did I choose this recipe to review? Because there is no kale, spinach, swiss chard…. in it! It is green because of the kiwi but you do get health benefits from the cucumber. There is no juice and only a little bit of honey. Watch the video to see my complex reaction to this smoothie.
1 cup cucumbers diced
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 tsp honey
1/2 cup ice
1 cup of water
This is a green smoothie I could see being served at a spa and impressing the hell out of health gurus. Me? It took me a while to process how I felt about it. Intellectually, I can definitely see why people would like it. Am I going to take the time to do all that peeling and chopping to experience this flavour again? No, probably not. That said, it did take around 20 seconds of blending for this smoothie to come together. Impressive!
In just seconds from tasting the smoothing to taking photographs, the smoothie started to separate. It must be made and enjoyed right away and I would recommend serving it with straws to try and keep it all together.
As I mentioned in the video, I really did not think Reg would enjoy this drink. He is wary of experimental health foods but I told him it really was quite light and refreshing. I poured 1 tbsp into a tiny glass and he swished the dollop around in his mouth like a smoothie sommeliere. He asked for more and determined, it was not horrible. It was actually pleasant to drink.
This smoothie is very refreshing, great for hot weather and for slightly particular health-oriented smoothie drinkers who are difficult to impress. Me? I will stick to my giant salads and have my smoothies on the side. Still, an impressive recipe and I agree with Reg that an additional kiwi to the blender would make this recipe even better.