My Big, Fat, Green Smoothies – on a budget

My Big Fat Green Smoothies made from wasted vegetable parts

My Green Smoothies might not taste great but they’re going to be one of the most nutritional, power-packed green smoothies you’ve ever had. Here’s an outline of how I make them. See my post for details.


  • Greens, any kind, a big handful
  • Kitchen scraps as outlined
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or turmeric
  • 1/2” knob of ginger, unpeeled
  • 1/2 citrus fruit or 2 citrus peels
  • 1 or 2 mushrooms or a few stem ends
  • Liquid of choice
  • Ice if desired


The base of my Big Fat Green Smoothies is almost always some kind of green: kale, spinach, Swiss chard. I take my blender cup and add a big handful. Then I fill it up with whatever I’ve saved throughout the day, whatever leftover scraps I have from cooking, well washed of course.

I usually add a 1/2″ piece of ginger (peel and all), a teaspoon of cinnamon or turmeric, 1/2 of a citrus fruit, unless I’m using leftover rinds. I’ll add a mushroom or two or a bit of tomato unless I already have scraps to use.

The next morning, in goes my liquid of choice: water, cooking liquid, green tea, whey if I have it, maybe yogurt and if there’s room, a little ice. The cold helps to dull the flavors. Then I blend it.

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