Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Amazing Green Smoothie

I can't say enough about how amazing green smoothies are. It is a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of fresh veggies and fruit with the added benefit of being easily digested. If I'm in a slump I have one a day and they really boost my energy and put me in a more healthful mindset.

All that is required is a blender, a handful of fresh fruits and a handful of greens. I like using baby spinach but you can use kale, collards, romaine or a mix, as long as its fresh greens.

Here's my Go To green smoothie recipe:
1 banana
1/2 fresh pineapple
1-2 cups of water
baby spinach
Blend banana, pineapple and water until smooth. Fill up the rest of the blender with baby spinach (i say, the more greens the better!) Toss in a few ice cubes and... voila!

Here is the recipe for a sweet and peppery smoothie I made the other day that my two year old gulped down.
1 banana
1/2 apple
2 baby red peppers (or one regular red pepper)
1 handful of kale
1.5 cups of fresh orange juice
3-4 prunes or dates for added sweetness

Green smoothies are awesome and you really don't need a recipe. Just throw together whatever fruits you have and a bunch of greens. I use water to thin it out but you could try any juice too. Plus, you can add in aloe juice, bee pollen or any other supplement you'd like to incorporate. See more here about health benefits of green smoothies.