I am learning to love green smoothies. Not just because of the nutritional benefits like getting amazing phytonutrients, fiber and anti-oxidants in a one drink, it’s more that I love the fresh taste of them. Greens are full of “life” and that has a certain flavor that can’t be found in other fruits or vegetables.
I learned this recipe last night at a nutrition workshop. It’s seasonal and uses Honey Crisp apples but you could use any apple variety you enjoy.
Pour almond/soy/coconut milk of your choice into blender with a fresh spinach leaves. I used kale but if you’re new to green smoothies you may want to start with baby spinach as it is more tender and blends easier. Both kale and spinach are high nutrient dense foods so either choice is good. Blend on high. Add in: 1 banana, 1 apple cut in pieces, dash of cinnamon and dash of vanilla extract. Blend well. Add crushed ice. If you like things extra sweet you can add in apple juice or a bit of honey. If you have one of those fancy blenders then just put all ingredients in at once. I don’t have one of those….yet..so it’s best to add separately.
I added a scoop of protein powder but it actually made it too thick and heavy so I will skip that step next time.
I feel so good and almost buzzed after drinking green smoothies! I think it’s all the nutrients and vitamins getting immediately into my bloodstream without having to go through the entire digestive process of breaking down the food. They are great for mornings, afternoon snacks or after working out or yoga…..
What are your favorite green smoothie add-ins?