Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 1

I started making my smoothie today full of optimism, but unfortunately, once it started to turn brown, I became a little less than impressed….

Today is the first day of the 21 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, and I opted for the Cucumber and Strawberry smoothie from Joy the Baker. Now, if you click on the link, you will see that the smoothie does not look green, but I (somewhat naively) thought that it would turn green if I added spinach to it! Joy’s photos are also much, much better than mine.

Lets start at the beginning, where instead of following the recipe exactly, I ‘tweaked’ it. By tweak I mean substituted almond milk for apple juice, strawberries for frozen mixed berries, and added in spinach and vanilla protein powder.

AKA. I made a whole new, brown smoothie. And did not really make Joy’s delicious looking Cucumber and Strawberry smoothie.

I had to use a green straw to drink my smoothie to make me feel like it was at least a little green!

 If you would like to make this brown smoothie too, here’s what you do:

Add 1 serving vanilla protein powder
100g mixed frozen berries (I think the blackberries/blueberries added to the ‘brown’ in my smoothie!)
1 large handful spinach
1/2 cucumber, deseeded and roughly chopped
200ml apple juice (or enough to make the consistency you want)

Whiz in a blender until smooth.

Let’s hope tomorrow’s smoothie is a little more GREEN! I’ll be making this Kiwi Smoothie tomorrow morning, and taking better pictures of it I hope!

If you’re following the challenge, how did your first smoothie go? Do you think this smoothie counts as part of the challenge as it technically wasn’t green?

New to the blog, or missed my post about the 21 Day Green Smoothie Challenge? You can catch up here:
21 Day Green Smoothie Challenge 



  1. April 8, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    That looks like something I would do! I “follow” recipes by using whatever I have on hand that is comparable to what the recipe actually calls for…..most times it works and sometimes not. Best of luck with your challenge!

  2. April 9, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    This reminds me of all the times I’ve ended up making muddy or swamp-like concoctions! Can definitely say that blueberries are normally the offending culprit, but they’re so healthy and tasty so I forgive them 🙂 I reckon it counts towards the challenge, sounds like you’ve started on a good footing!

  3. April 9, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    I love smoothies for breakfast. Even though it turned out brown, it still sounds yummy. I find that whenever I put dark berries in my smoothies it changes the color… I just drink it with my eyes clothes. The biggest difference I noticed when I started drinking spinach smoothies was in my hair and nails.

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