It’s time for some rebellion, unorthodoxy (actually a word; did not know that until today), and subverting the dominant paradigm. For too long, we’ve been hemmed in by the rigid confines of Appropriate Smoothie Timing. Breakfast? Have at it. Post-workout? Blend away. But dinner time? Whoa, there, tough guy.
This prohibition makes no sense, though. With just a few minutes, (generally) no cooking, and a lot of flexibility in terms of ingredients and measures, smoothies can put food on the table and some more fruits and vegetables into our diets. Dinner is often an end-of-day struggle against limited time and waning patience for the effort of healthy home-cooking, so what better thing than a smoothie every so often?
If we’re really going to stick it to The Smoothie Authority, maybe we need some dinner-appropriate recipes. So I set out to find liquid equivalents to some of the best flavor combinations in typical dinner fare.
I found plenty of recipes using avocado, sweet potato, and flavorings like basil and ginger, with interesting flavor pairings that go beyond the usual sweet + sweet + some nut butter. For instance, a pumpkin coconut smoothie from Edible Phoenix has a warm, spicy bite thanks to a good dose of garam masala.
For my part, I was fixated on ways to use curry powder in a smoothie (why? No idea, it’s just where my mind went this week).
The result is a mixture of sweet, creamy flavors of mango and coconut, the tart freshness of lime, and the spicy bite of curry powder alongside cinnamon, dosed with a shot of green from the spinach.
If you’re ready to take to the streets, er, your kitchen, give the curried lime mango spinach smoothie a try at dinner sometime. And if you want to stay with the opposition, here’s a whole week’s worth of dinner-worthy smoothie recipes:
- Curried lime mango spinach smoothie (recipe follows below)
- Cucumber mint smoothie from Sailu’s Kitchen (here)
- Lemon basil smoothie from FoodieFresh (here)
- Sweet potato pie smoothie (vegan) from Healthy Blender Recipes (here)
- Carrot raisin ginger smoothie from Sizzling Tastebuds (here)
- Pumpkin coconut garam masala smoothie from Edible Phoenix (here)
- Blueberry avocado layered smoothie from Dr Oz (here)
Before I get to the recipe for the curried lime mango spinach smoothie, I should confess: not only did I eat this for dinner, but I had it for breakfast the next day too. So much for my smoothie rebellion.
Curried lime mango spinach smoothie
I like my smoothies on the thick side, but if thinner’s your thing, you could add more almond milk or some water to change the consistency.
2 servings, approx. 290 calories each
1 mango, peeled and roughly chopped
½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
2 handfuls of spinach
1 Tbs fresh ginger
1 tsp curry powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup plain strained (Greek-style) yogurt
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup almond milk
1 Tbs cashew butter (or other nut butter)
4-5 ice cubes
Toss all the ingredients into a blender and puree until thick and creamy.
Divide evenly between two glasses and serve.