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My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe!

My Green Smoothie/Shake

Kale shake photo

I was initially introduced to green smoothies by the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.  Joe actually calls these “Kale Shakes” aka #Hulkloads…

I tried Joe’s version…  Although, Joe’s is an extremely healthy recipe, I wasn’t exactly keen on the overall flavor.  I’ve modified his recipe to something more my flavor and think I have got it down to a pretty solid recipe.

Let me preface this by saying, while it is favorable to me, the taste is definitely an “acquired taste”…  My kids and wife really don’t like it and it mostly is due to the strong (spicy) ginger flavor.  I love ginger, so I put a huge chunk in my green smoothies.

There’s plenty of health benefits to this smoothie and to the addition of ginger and turmeric!

The #Hulkloads Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 8oz water
  • (2) stalks of celery, chopped in quarters
  • 1/2 of a full cucumber, chopped in quarters and then halves
  • 1/2 of a full avocado
  • “Thumb Sized” hunk of ginger root
  • “Index Finger Sized” hunk of turmeric root
  • A full pear (or apple) – remove seeds and cut into chunks
  • (1) cup ice
  • (3) stalks of kale

Blendtec Blender Power

Blendtec Designer Series Photo

This recipe requires a serious blender in order to fully chop up all the ingredients and remove the lumps.  It won’t be the consistency of a juice, there’s some substance to this smoothie!

The blender I use is the Blendtec Designer Series Blender <<Amazon Affilliate Link

I can’t say enough good things about this blender.

  • The Blendtec is extremely powerful
  • The Blendtec Designer Series looks good (my wife’s requirement)
  • The Blendtec has a great warranty
  • The Blendtec does the job for anything I throw at it

I struggled with my decision when I purchased the Blendtec Designer 625 Blender.  I went between this one and the Vitamix equivalent.  Realistically, the warranties are close, the power ratings are close, but the one thing I liked about the Blendtec is that it isn’t too tall to fit underneath a kitchen cabinet and it doesn’t require the “mixing wand” that the Vitamix has.

If you’re struggling with the Vitamix/Blendtec decision also, just realize that you cannot go wrong with either one, but I prefer and recommend the Blendtec.

Check out the Blendtec homepage and see what they have to offer: Blendtec Blenders

Properly Load the Blender

how to load a blendtec blender


The first time I tried to make this shake, I just threw everything into the blender are pressed the “whole juice” setting.  It didn’t blend well at all…

After a little more research, I realized that there is a proper way to load the Blendtec blender:

  1. Liquids first, on the bottom
  2. Solids loaded second
  3. Frozen items loaded third
  4. Greens loaded last, on the top

This makes a huge difference!  It allows the cyclone to work properly and pulls all the contents into the blender bottom and creates a “tornado” action.

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Drink and Enjoy!

Bottoms up!

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  • As a runner, I recently started making smoothies to make sure I was getting enough calories in a more efficient manner. Boy, does it take a lot longer to chew bundles of celery and carrots than it does to blend them up in a delicious smoothie. I appreciate your tips on loading the blender. I’ve noticed there’s definitely a difference in the consistency of my smoothie based on how I put the ingredients in. I’ve found myself shaking my Vitamix until I get the “tornado effect,” but loading it in the way you suggest has made a big difference. Thanks!