Green Smoothies

3 Apr

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Green Smoothies are a simple way to incorporate large amounts of greens into your diet. Did you know that leafy greens have more valuable nutrients than any other food group? They contain high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and beneficial phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals also known as phytonutrients). Phytochemicals keep your body’s immune system and body functioning properly, improve health and longevity, and may reduce life- threatening diseases.

I’ve made green smoothies and juices a daily part of my diet – it’s taken coffee, tea, coke, iced tea and other sugary drinks from 100% of the liquid part of my diet down to 30% and it feels sooooooo good! Discovering and trying new smoothies is always fun and keeps it less boring (and painful sometimes!).

5 REASONS WE LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES

1. Natural energy booster
2. Natural weight loss drink
3. Simple way to boost your immune system
4. Full of disease-fighting antioxidants
5. Hands down— The best fast food

Here are a couple of my favourite recipes – the best site out there is http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes – offering categories such as banana free, 5 ingredients or less, immune booster, kid friendly recipes.

The “Salad” Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups coconut water
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 kale leaves (cut into pieces)
  • 1 celery stalk (cut)
  • 1 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • Optional: whey protein

Blend coconut water, kale and celery stalk. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Enjoy!

Green Monster Smoothie

1 banana, roughly chopped
4 or 5 strawberries
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 small peach, peeled and roughly chopped
1 heaping cup (or more) fresh spinach leaves, thoroughly rinsed
splash vanilla soy milk
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup crushed ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
*this recipe makes a very large smoothie- two could easily share.

Recipe source: Sing For Your Supper original

Green Smoothie with Basil + Mango
Serving Size: 2 (32 ounces total), ~250 calories per serving

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (I recommend Blue Diamond almond milk)
  • 1 cup Swiss chard
  • 2 cups mango, frozen
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 3 sprigs basil, stems removed
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • lime slices, for garnish

Sweet Citrus Avocado Dreamboat – citrus, avocado, apple and greens
serves 1-2

  • 2 small satsumas or 1 large orange, peeled
  • 1 cup kale or spinach
  • pinch of parsley
  • 1/2 small avocado
  • 1/2 cup apple, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut water or water, chilled
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • dash cayenne (optional)

Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 larges handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed ground
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 banana

Place ingredients in a blender starting with almond milk ending with the banana.

Spring Clean Green Smoothie

  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 small pear
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds (or flaxseed)
  • 4 oz (120 mL) coconut water
  • 4 oz (120 mL) unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 handfuls ice

This is a thicker smoothie you can eat with a spoon and the cacao nibs and chia seeds add texture so if you like chewing your smoothie, this is the one.

The Dino

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter

Virgin Green Monster

  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1-1.25 cups milk (your choice of cow’s milk, soy, hemp, almond, rice, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon flax (optional)
  • 1 banana
  • ice

Place the ingredients into the blender in the following order: 1) Flax, 2) spinach, 3) banana, 4) milk. The reason for this order is so the heavier ingredients weigh down the flax and spinach and keep it from flying up around the blender and sticking to the side. Blend everything on the highest setting for 1 minute or so. Finally, add ice and blend on the ice setting.

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