When I used to think of smoothies, I always pictured thick, fruit-filled smoothies. It wasn't until I came across the idea of blending in green vegetables into a smoothie about 5 years ago that I started drinking them. I thought green smoothies would taste gross because, uh... vegetables in a drink that's normally sweet? Sounds a little weird.
But I took the 30-day (at the time) Simple Green Smoothie challenge with my husband (and my son) at the time, and we loved it so much that we kept on it past the 1 month mark.
It's been a game changer in terms of getting that extra nutrition in an easy to drink form (rather than looking at a whole big plate of salad). Seriously, I'd rather drink my green smoothie than eat a plate of salad. 😛 And luckily, my kids both are avid green smoothie drinkers (they'll take my smoothie away from me and slurp away).
I like making my smoothies the night before, and then just placing them in the fridge overnight. When I wake up, I just reach for a smoothie and I'm out the door.
I can't believe I haven't shared this recipe yet, since it's literally my go-to drink every morning. But here it is, totally adaptable to your own taste.
The sky's the limit here -- I like to swap frozen mangoes for peaches when they're in season. Let me know if you do try it, or what variations you like in your green smoothie.
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My Everyday Green Smoothie
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- 2 C coconut water
- 3 medjool dates pitted
- 2 C packed mixed organic greens kale, spinach
- 1 C frozen mango cubed
- 1 banana
- 1 T almond butter
- 1 T chia seeds
- Have a kettle of hot boiling water ready. Place the mixed greens into a colander.
- Pour the hot water over the mixed greens. (Optional, but I like to do this just to help with them wilt a little and make sure they don't harbour any pathogens, etc). Drain.
- Place the dates into the blender. Add about ¼ C coconut water, and the mixed greens. Cover with the lid and blend until the dates and greens are pureed into a smooth mixture.
- Remove the lid and add a banana, frozen mango, chia seeds, almond butter, and the rest of the coconut water.
- Blend until smooth. (Add a little touch of water if the consistency is a little thick).
- Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve. Garnish with additional toppings if you like.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.