I know. You are rolling your eyes at “Instead of Coffee” Green Smoothie. I would be too. Except that I drink this green juice (as I call it), these days, instead of coffee. It’s the closest quick hit of drinkable energy that I’ve found.
I stopped drinking coffee because . . .
So, do you make smoothies? It seems like everyone is slurping down some kind of smoothie these days. There are so many to try, and I do, but mostly I keep coming back to this one. Ideally, I like to try have this every morning for breakfast (at least on week days). Some days, however, I crave something warm (like oatmeal) and in turn whizz this up for a power packed lunch, and it’s a great afternoon pick me up.
Here is what’s in my power packed smoothie . . . .
we have been making a lot of green drinks around here. of course, it’s the new year and everyone is cutting this and that and everything out of their diet. i’m not good at that. i never have been. but, like I told you earlier this week, what am good at is adding good things. and adding lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. i love vegetables but i don’t always find it easy to eat several servings a day. what i do find manageable is to drink them in a yummy smoothie. my current favorite combo is:
+ spinach : a big handful
+ cucumber : a quarter of an english cucumber
+ pear : one half
+ banana : one half, frozen
+ mango : one handful, frozen
+ chia seeds : about a tablespoon
+ rice milk : to desired consistency
+ ice : one small handful
its good. my kids love it, kind of good and there was no bribing or brainwashing them into believing it was hulk juice. it’s really one of the only smoothies that i don’t put almond butter or yogurt in and i have to say i like it all the more.
do you love to smoothies? i’d love to hear your favorite combos.
i also love this green smoothie, that i wrote about last year, and when i want a non-green smoothie this recipe is my go to.
Lately, I’ve been a smoothie making machine. After having a stare down withLouise’s green shakes everyday on Instagram I decided to give it a try. I’m not the greatest at cutting out entire food groups but I am ok at adding good things. But when it came down to it, I didn’t start green I went with LA in Bloom’s Date Shake (which is a definite favorite and could easily pass as dessert). Once I got to blending, I got braver and started throwing spinach in and ever since I got a Vitamix, I’ve been concocting all kinds of vegetable and fruit smoothies.
Right now, I’m really enjoying the combination above. Kale sounds a little scary but, I promise, it’s not. My 2 year old drank the mixture and thought it was milk shake. The key, I find, is to always add a frozen banana. It stabilizes and smooths out the greens. When I want a little protein I add a tablespoon of almond butter and use almond milk. You can change out any fruit, frozen or fresh to your liking. I think mangos and blackberries are a really lovely combination and I tend to like a good portion of my fruit to be frozen to keep that smoothie consistency. And, when in doubt, if you are ever in need of smoothie inspiration, then well you know where to go, Pinterest!
Here’s what I’m loving this week . . .