Updated: Feb 22
Considered a trendy word by some and a staple by many others. I’m the others. 😊
Personally, when it comes to smoothies, I’m a creature of habit; I enjoy the same recipes. I typically add a protein powder but, in this recipe, none is needed.
Turn down for what?! This recipe is one that most are surprised they like even when they are turned off due to the green color or simply mentioning it has leafy greens in it, sometimes they need a little convincing that it’ll be worth not turning down!
This is my go-to recipe and it’s one I make often for groups and presentations I offer. In April 2014, I was invited to share a presentation on eating from the rainbow in simple and affordable ways to a group of single parents at the community college in my area. I made this smoothie and let me tell you -- most were not excited to try it, but because a few others were giving it a sip, they decided to give it a go too. The funny thing is that more than half of the group came back for seconds! Fast forward to 2017, I started working at the same college and as I was being introduced to my team, one of the counselors very happily said, “This is the green smoothie girl!”
Healthful Tip: After you have blended this recipe, decide which ingredients you prefer and which ones you would like to add more or less of. Once you know the right recipe for your personal palate, to save time later, make smoothie bags! Create an assembly line, if you will, on your counter, with the following ingredients, washed and chopped, and add one serving per plastic bag. Seal and drop in your freezer. Pull a baggie out when you’re ready to blend on the go!
Blend just 6 ingredients in water! Continue reading for more variances...
2-3 leaves of curly kale (this one is the sweeter of the types)
Small handful of raw spinach
½ cup fresh pineapple (can use canned but choose in its own juice; pour juice in)
½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries
Blend with up to 1 cup of water; starting with a half cup. If you find it’s too thick to blend, add more liquid until you get a smooth consistency. Optional: Try blending in plain coconut water for added nutrition. If you find your smoothie isn’t sweet enough, add ½ tablespoon of raw honey in at a time. Add ice if you want it colder. If your blender cannot adequately blend leafy greens without leaving chunks, try freezing beforehand.
If you can’t get over the green color, add some fresh or frozen blueberries. Or, add ‘em any way! They’re an antioxidant superfood!
Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease, condition, or ailment. This information is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Speak with your healthcare provider to see how/if it pertains to your individual needs.
The purpose of this blog is to offer support for your health goals. As of July 2022, Jessica David is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Jessica has ten years of coaching experience and you can consider her an encourager, someone in your corner, a friend, and a professional.
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