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Refreshing Green Smoothie: Cucumber, Parsley, Avocado, and Citrus. Plus, 10 Green Vegan and Raw Recipes.

Posted Mar 17 2013 3:36pm

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. It seems that this holiday always falls right before some academic deadline or another. (Last year, I spent the day studying for an Orgo exam, and I’m sending good vibes to all of my post-bacc friends who are doing the same today.) So it’s a mellow one over here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help myself to a refreshing, bright green smoothie—something a little more conducive to studying than green beer.

This drink lies someplace in between a smoothie and a juice (kind of inspired by my recent forays into Vitamix juicing ). A blend of avocado, banana, citrus, cucumber, and a LOT of parsley, it’s sure to put a spring in your step! I love the mellow sweetness, and I love how energetic I feel when I drink it. Since it’s not a protein-rich smoothie, I’d suggest serving it with some Ezekiel bread if you want to have it for breakfast, or a whole grain of your choosing. You could also add hemp protein to it.

Alternately, this is a lovely drink to enjoy as an early morning or afternoon snack. I’ve already got some bottled up in mason jars to haul to the library in a few hours, where it will no doubt revive my spirits substantially.

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Refreshing Green Smoothie: Cucumber, Parsley, Avocado, and Citrus. Plus, 10 Green Vegan and Raw Recipes.


  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 1/4-1/2 cup parsley, tightly packed (adjust to taste -- I like a LOT!)
  • 3 leaves kale, stems removed
  • 2 medium navel oranges, skin and pith cut off
  • 1 cup coconut water


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a powerful blender till smooth. Add more coconut water if desired, till you have the consistency you like.
  2. This smoothie makes anywhere from one giant portion to four small ones; you can drink a bunch of it at once, or sip on it throughout the day whenever you want the equivalent of liquid sunshine :)
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In keeping with the day, I also wanted to share 10 of my favorite green recipes—vegan, raw, and worthy of celebration. Enjoy!

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  1. Sweet pea hummus and asparagus tartine .
  2. Raw Brussels sprout salad .
  3. Spooky green chia seed pudding .
  4. Crowd pleasing green crackers .
  5. Orange vanilla hemp smoothie .
  6. Electric green spirulina avocado salad dressing .
  7. Vitamix green juice .
  8. Bell peppers stuffed with confetti guacamole .
  9. Peaches n’ green smoothie .

May you enjoy green food and drink today, and many days hence.


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