80/10/10 Recipe: Raw Vegan Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

by on August 13, 2012


So last week I launched my new ebook ‘Simply Decadent Smoothies’ as part of my combo recipe package with ‘Savory Raw Dinner Recipes’ and ‘Comfort Soups To Keep You Warm’ and gave it away as a free bonus.

The combo package was incredibly popular, but a few of you wanted to know if you could get just my smoothie ebook if you had already purchased one or more of the other products before. So I just wanted to let you know that  ’Simply Decadent Smoothies’ is now available at a special discounted price here.

Today I’m going to share with you a tasty new green smoothie recipe that is featured in the recipe ebook. Often people have a hard time finding enough green smoothie recipes that they like and that contain different greens so they are not just eating the same ones all the time like baby spinach.

So because I have a few greens growing in my garden (like leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, kale and spinach) I like to at least rotate through those ones and think up new combinations that work well while masking the taste of the greens with sweet fruit.

This green smoothie recipe features banana, mangoes, strawberries and red leaf lettuce and looks more of a burnt orange color than green for a typical green smoothie recipe.

So let’s check it out:

 

Raw Vegan Strawberry Banana Mango Green Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
1 ripe mango (flesh only)
2 cups whole strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 handful of red leaf lettuce or other mild green
1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Place ingredients into VitaMix or blender in order listed. Blend on medium speed and use the tamper (if necessary) to push the lettuce down until they are incorporated. (If you have a regular blender you may want to chop the lettuce first into smaller pieces.)

Garnish with a fresh strawberry and serve!

What do you think of this smoothie recipe? Have you ever used red leaf lettuce in a green smoothie?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Al March 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

I am new here, would you please explain the 80/10/10 Recipe concept?
Thanks.

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2 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica March 14, 2013 at 5:09 PM

80/10/10 is the type of Raw Food diet coined by Dr. Doug Graham, it is raw cuisine that is simple low fat, and no oil. 80% or more carbs, 10 % fat, 10% protein or less.

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3 Al April 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Thanks for the explanation Veronica.

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4 Jenny October 27, 2012 at 6:56 PM

This is so weird, but I’ve never actually made smoothies with just the flesh of a mango…do you just eat the meaty part of it afterward, or am I misinterpreting this?

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5 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica October 29, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I am not sure what you mean Jenny. The “flesh” of the mango means the juicy fruit part. Not the skin, and not the hard center pit. Cut around the pit and peel off the skin or scoop the flesh out of the skin to use for smoothies.

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6 Em August 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I’ve never made a green smoothie of that colour tone before – I like it! Mine always turn out really green or a purplish/brownish colour – usually due to the blueberries I put in.

And I’ve also never used red leaf lettuce before in a green smoothie – the ones I see at the grocers here always tend to look a bit plastic and I think that that has a psychological impact on me or something…I avoid them because of that. I have to get me to a farmers’ market for some non-plastic-looking ones!

Btw, lots of interesting comments for this blog-post. I like the way you’re handling them all, Veronica…

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7 Marjorie Ferrini August 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I sometimes use avocado instead of bananas in my green smoothies, for the creamy texture they add, as well as the nutrients. They wouldn’t provide the sweetness of bananas, so you might need to add something else for that. If you are not bothered by the (healthy) fat content of avocados, I think you will be amazed at the result.

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8 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica August 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Hi Marjorie, avocado sometimes is ok. What I don’t want to see people doing, especially women is having a whole avocado a day on top of having nuts, seeds, oil and coconut products as it can be way too high in calories and they could overeat without knowing.

1 medium avocado has 276 calories compared to about 100 calories in a banana and 27.6 grams of fat, most of it is monounsaturated, with a little bit of polyunsaturated (the actual good fat) and a little bit of saturated fat.

Unless you have high caloric needs avocados should be an occasional addition to the diet otherwise it’s very easy for women to get too many calories because fat is 9 calories per gram as opposed to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates and protein.

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9 Tamee August 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I am on weight watchers and we measure a serving of avocado to be 1.8 of an avocado.

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10 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica August 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Marjorie was saying to use avocado instead of bananas. Do you mean 1/8th of an avocado? 0.8 of an avocado is almost the whole thing.

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11 Valerie Hansen August 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Not sure if it’s a true allergy or just sensitivity. All I know is if I do eat them whether very ripe, green or somewhere in between I’ll be paying for it for the next 4-5 hours – bloating, gas, pain … until they’re digested I guess. BTW, I love your site & recipes. Thanks for replying so quickly.

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12 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica August 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Hi Valerie, no problem. That sounds like a digestive issue, an allergy wouldn’t react like that. Have you ever tried organic vs conventional bananas? I know some people are sensitive to conventional ones.

If you ate an organic banana by itself and nothing else you would have this pain and bloating for 4-5 hours?

I know when people start eating beans they do not have the right digestive enzymes inside them and it takes a while to get used to digesting them. Dr. Fuhrman recommends people having small quantities every day until the body gets used to it and can digest them better.

I wonder what would happen if you had a slice of banana or frozen banana in a smoothie.

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13 Valerie Hansen August 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Like others I would be interested in just the Smoothies book since I already have others you’ve written. Problem is, I can’t eat bananas so hesitate to order a book in which most of the recipes are based on bananas. Any thoughts or ways around this since I really want to incorporate more variety regarding green smoothies?

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14 Low Fat Vegan Chef Veronica August 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Hi Valerie, why can’t you eat bananas?

I would just substitute mangoes then, but fresh mangoes of course. If you use frozen mangoes all the time I would defrost them them (if they are the base of your smoothie) and you would probably need to add some sweet fruit to them because frozen mangoes are not as sweet. Maybe dates or more of the other fruits I list in the recipes.

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