Drink Your Greens!

Drink Your Greens!

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Green smoothies are all the rage and I understand why! They are a quick, delicious way to get several servings of fruits and vegetables. I love green smoothies, and I think you will too!

My Go To Green Smoothie – Serves 1

• half a frozen banana
• 8oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk or other non-dairy milk
• at least two handfuls of baby spinach or other greens (frozen or fresh)
• ½ scoop French vanilla Vega One protein powder *

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

* I highly recommend Vega One protein powder. You can find it at our local Friendly City Co-op or HERE. One serving has 20g of protein, six servings of greens, antioxidants, probiotics, and it is sweetened with stevia.

Below are more great smoothie ideas!

Kale Smoothie – Serves 2

• 1 frozen ripe banana
• ½ cup mixed berries (I buy Costco frozen organic mixed berries)
• 1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds (optional)
• 2 cups frozen or fresh kale (de-stemmed, if fresh)
• 6oz 100% juice *
• ¾- 1 ½ cups water

Blend until smooth.

* If you decide to add a sweetened protein powder, such as Vega One, forgo the juice and add additional water, coconut water, or unsweetened almond milk.

Get Up and Go Green Smoothie – Serves 2

• 1 large grapefruit, peeled/seeds removed
• 1 large sweet apple
• 2 cups spinach or other green
• 1 frozen banana
• 2-3 ice cubes
• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, water, or juice (if you like it sweeter)

Blend until smooth.

Green Pineapple Smoothie – Serves 1

• 2 cups greens
• ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 frozen banana
• ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
• ¼-1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
• 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (optional)
• to taste – honey, agave, maple syrup, or dates

Blend until smooth.

Build Your Own Green Smoothie – Serves 1

• choose a liquid: 8-12oz (coconut water, water, unsweetened almond milk, etc.)
• 1-2 handfuls of greens, fresh or frozen (baby spinach, kale, etc.)
• 1-2 cups fruit/fruits of choice, fresh or frozen
• supercharge your smoothie with protein powder, avocado, nuts/nut butters, seeds (chia, hemp, flax), green powders, coconut oil, maca powder
• sweeten with dates, stevia, agave, honey, etc.

Blend and Enjoy!

Ways to Supercharge Your Smoothie:

• chia, hemp, or flax seeds
• 100% cocoa powder (unsweetened)
• nuts or nut butter
• dates (these will naturally sweeten the smoothie)
• cinnamon, vanilla, ginger
• green powders
• avocado

Tips and Tricks:

If your smoothie is too thick, add more liquid.

If your smoothie is too thin, add frozen fruit or ice cubes.

If you don’t have a high power blender, blend your greens first to break them down properly. Then add the rest of the ingredients.

Have your green smoothie as a snack an hour or two before physical activity or after physical activity to replenish the body.

If you would like to make your green smoothie into a meal, add a healthy fat such as peanut butter or avocado. (I like to drink my Go To Smoothie with a side of Ezekiel toast and peanut butter.)

Here’s to drinking your greens!

~ Jamie