Smoothies make me feel like a kid again. I’m not talking about the energy they provide – though that’s there too. I’m taking about the feeling that I get when I throw a bunch of stuff in a blender and press… blend. It’s exciting. Sometimes I get carried away and have to force myself to drink whatever I’ve created… and then there are times when I make something awesome, like this spinach cardamom smoothie.
I love using spices in smoothies (see my mango chai smoothie as proof). Just a pinch adds so much depth to a smoothie… and yes, smoothies can totally have depth. This green smoothie is made with spinach, avocado, cardamom, banana and almond milk. The avocado makes this drink so rich, creamy and luxurious.
I usually make smoothies in my nutribullet (it’s a blender that’s fancier than the magic bullet but way cheaper than a vitamix). I like it because it’s easy to clean up, but one day… I’ll probably upgrade to a vitamix (hint to hubby: there’s a birthday coming up…).
If there’s a secret to making a good smoothie, I’d say it’s using a frozen super ripe banana. I don’t really care for eating a banana on it’s own (although, I make exceptions for green/unripe bananas). But… give me a frozen ripe banana, and we’ll be fast friends.
- Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If you don’t care for drinking pieces of the cardamom shell, just remove the seeds and finely grind – or use a big pinch of cardamom powder.