Mean Green Smoothie

Mean Green Smoothie

I opened my fridge, took out everything that was green and blended it up. Pretty good I must say. I make one of these at the beginning of the week — pour myself one serving and dose the rest into ice cube trays, ready to be buzzed up at a moment’s notice.


  • 12 ounces almond milk
  • 6 pitted dates (quartered)
  • 3 stalks celery (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple (cored and coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 English or hothouse cucumber (quartered)
  • 1/2 avocado (pitted)
  • 8 ounces ice
  • 2 ounces kale (stem removed)
  1. Combine all ingredients in the carafe of a blender. Begin blending at the lowest speed and slowly accelerate until you achieve a vortex. Blend on medium for 1 minute, then increase the speed to high and blend for 1 more minute. Serve immediately or pour into ice cube trays and freeze for later.

Freeze leftover smoothies in ice trays: Remove from the tray, bag and label until ready to drink. Then just thaw overnight in the fridge or for an hour or so at room temperature (I like to fill a cup before my workout so its ready to drink afterwards).

Freeze Leftover Smoothies by Alton Brown


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  1. 3
    Joanne Bennell

    Ok …I thought I wouldn’t like it but I followed the instructions and ingredients exactly and I loved it. I hate Kale so this is a great way of getting the value from it without having to really taste it… but everything else I love.
    Thank Alton

  2. 6
    You BIGgest fan

    So, AB has been drinking this stuff for two years and he is still “somewhat” hmmmmmm, shall we respectfully say adorable yet unstable. What is our motivation here?

  3. 9

    I live in FL where it stays relatively hot year round, so I take the leftovers from smoothies and put them in my popsicle molds to be enjoyed at a later time during the week.

    • 12

      The apple and the dates are the sweeteners here. Almond milk isn’t sweet, unless you buy it that way. Better to make your own.

  4. 14

    that is an old fashion ice cube tray. we had those when i was a kid – before they made everything out of plastic. They were great until the handle breaks off.

  5. 17
    Myra Taylor

    Did you use English/hothouse cucumber because you had it on hand or because of a preference over standard produce department cucumbers?

  6. 20
    Eric Fields

    Who makes that fantastic looking ice cube tray? Looks like it makes actual cubes, which I long for. I’ve tried the Tovolo molds, but they are a pain to get the ice out of. This looks like an awesome alternative.

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