recipe | green smoothie

Recently, it has become my morning ritual to have a green smoothie; loaded with dark leafy greens and valuable nutrients to get my day started off right. I have always been a huge believer in breakfast, and personally my body needs a little something to get moving.  For years I was eating oats for breakfast accompanied by a GIANT cup of coffee, and noticed that I always felt sluggish by 10am.  But, with the green smoothie I get the nutrients and vitamins my body needs to start the day without the feeling of being weighed down. I have also noticed my craving to eat a snack an hour or two later has gone away.  There are thousands of recipes for green smoothies out there; and my suggestion would be to start with the basics and then experiment until you find a flavor combination that you enjoy.  For me, I started by using kimberly snyder’s glowing green smoothie recipe and then modified it until I found flavors that I actually looked forward to drinking.  Her original recipe, which I know is very healthy and has the extra veggies, was just a little too much for me first thing in the morning.  Who knows? I may work may up to that, but for now I am a fan of this little concoction:

GREEN SMOOTHIE {ADAPTED FROM KIMBERLY SNYDER’S RECIPE}

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 4 cups kale
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 small handful parsley, chopped
  • 1 small organic banana, sliced (i freeze my bananas first)
  • 1 small organic pear (or 1/2 pear and 1/2 apple), diced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • handful of ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

Blend the kale, spinach, and parsley on a fairly low-speed until smooth. Depending on the type and size of your blender, you may have to blend a few cups of greens and then add the rest as it blends.  Once this mixture is smooth and creamy, add pear and /or apple chunks, banana and juice of lemon. Blending again until smooth.  Last add a few ice cubes and blend once more. This makes 2 servings, one which i drink right away and the other I place in a glass jar and have ready for the next morning.  To me the flavor and consistency is still great for drinking.

One thing to note; depending on the quality of your blender, you may still have some small particles from the greens.  These little pieces don’t bother me at all, and I can’t justify buying a vitamix at this point in my life. Also feel free to try other fruit combinations. I almost always use a pear and a banana, but have also tried it with apples, blueberries, and even dates.

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