This Super Simple Green Smoothie is an easy, vegetable-only smoothie with no sugar and only 3 ingredients. It’s a great way to add more veggies to your day!
The New Year is here and lots of people are making resolutions or setting goals to eat a bit healthier, and that usually includes adding more veggies! I know that I struggle with eating enough vegetables myself, even though I eat quite healthy for the most part.
The blog tribe I’m part of collaborates each month on recipes and this month’s theme is Light and Healthy. I decided to create this Super Simple Green Smoothie, also called the KISS Green Smoothie. KISS as in Keep It Super Simple, not the band. Although the band probably could have used this green smoothie a time or two when they decided to drink their meals 😉
Funny story about my smoothie: I was originally going to make this recipe with cactus leaf (nopal). A friend of mine had made a smoothie with some cactus and it sounded good so I decided to try it.
The cactus leaves at Walmart were pretty cheap, just 90 cents a pound. What a bargain! I bought three and took them home, scraped the prickles off with a knife, washed it and cut it up, and blended it with some cucumber and kiwi for my super cool smoothie.
Unfortunately I was not prepared for the sliminess in the cup. I hadn’t used cactus leaf before so I had no idea that cactus leaf is pretty mucilaginous and slimy, just like okra. If you’ve ever cooked frozen okra before then you’ll know what I’m talking about!
The cactus smoothie tasted pretty good. The cactus has a fresh veggie taste like a cross between cucumber and green bell peppers. But the smoothie ended up being a gooey mass that was slightly akin to a giant green booger. There was no way that I could post it without the disclaimer “Hey, folks, this smoothie might be hard to choke down”! Um, NOPE.
So I had to switch gears and created this Super Simple Green Smoothie without cactus, which turned out delicious! I love the taste of this without any sweetener added to it, it has a really good fresh veggie flavor I like (I’m a big fan of cucumbers). But if you need a little bit of sweet, feel free to add a couple drops of Stevia. Or you can go the savory route and add a pinch of black pepper and cayenne for a savory kick.
Super Simple Green Smoothie (Paleo and Vegan)
- 2 cups chopped cucumber skin on (English cucumber tastes best)
- ½ cup frozen chopped kale
- Zest of 1 lime
- ¾ cup water
- Optional: Stevia drops for sweetness or cayenne for savory tastes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth
- Enjoy immediately!
Here’s some of the other recipes in our collaboration! Recipes clockwise from top left:
- Easy Swiss Chard Lentil Soup – Melissa, My Wife Can Cook
- Salted Caramel Chia Oat Balls – Kirsten, Treat Yourself Sweeter
- Chickpea and Eggplant Dip with Dill Pesto – Julia, Imagelicious
- Super Simple Green Smoothie – Sarah, The Fit Cookie
- Easy Healthy Spicy Sweet Shrimp in Endive Cups – Gloria, Homemade and Yummy
- Cheesy Buffalo Ranch Cauliflower Casserole – Arlene, Flour on My Face
- Quick and Easy Black Bean Coconut Curry – Veena Azmanov
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist