I pretty much live on green smoothies – a blending of yogurt and veggies and fruit. My blender is the hardest working member of the household you might say. The poor thing is not entirely rewarded for its labor either, save for showing signs of wear and tear. No day spa for my (nonunion) blender! Oh no!
My green smoothie concoctions have served me well, morphing here and then with seasonal ingredients and moods. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to what goes in my smoothie, a serial monogamist, that is to say I’m loyal to a fault to a particular combo until one day, I’m not, and boom, it’s time to move on!
There was a time when I was fixated on using macca powder and goji berries; there was that time when flax seeds were a must; there was a bout of using soy or almond milk instead of dairy but for a long while now, I have a very streamlined staple list of ingredients.
Right now my magic formula for making a delicious and super healthy green smoothie potion is to take a whole bunch of fresh kale (at least 2 cups, use more to thicken smoothie, less if you like your smoothie with less “grassie” flavor) a large ripe banana (a MUST ingredient, as it is the only sweetening agent), water to dilute (one cup or more depending on how much kale I use) and one cup of whole plain yogurt. That’s it. And it’s great — a balanced if not dazzling flavor. But recently I’ve also been on a kick of Persianizing my green smoothie and have concocted my own mixed spice Persian advieh that hits the spot and delivers a punch of health benefits into the bargain. It’s a keeper!
What does it takes to Persianize my green smoothie?
Here’s the cast of the usual suspects, in a line up, from left to right:
Not pictured but an exquisite and requisite little touch for both health and that je ne sais quoi touch: rosewater and saffron water!
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 cups of fresh kale (more if you like it dense,or less if you prefer a less “grassie” flavor)
- 1 cup whole fat yogurt
- cold water (1 cup more or less depending on how diluted you prefer it)
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1 teaspoon senjed powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon dried rose powder (if you can find it)
- a handful of ice cubes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds (soaked in 1/4 cup of water overnight or for at least 15 minutes)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 teaspoon rosewater
Add chia seeds, saffron water and rosewater, and stir to mix.
Make it, enjoy it, and nooshe jaan نوش جان!