Hey did you guys see my interview on Ditching Dumb? In the interview I talk about one simple habit change anyone can make to improve their health – and that is to make sure they eat vegetables with every meal. Ideally over 50% of the meal is vegetables but that topic is for another day… When I talk with people about this, often times the hardest meal for them to load with veggies is breakfast. Usually they aren’t quite used to eating greens in the morning or they simply don’t have time prepare a veggie omelet on a daily basis.
Enter The Green Smoothie. Yes, it’s yet another reason I get to use my trusty Vitamix. But it is also such a quick and tasty way to pack your morning with loads of greens! I have a green juice or a smoothie nearly every morning and believe it or not, I look forward to it. When traveling, I always look for a way to add greens to my morning meal and love returning home to my favorite, simple, quick and tasty morning beverage.
Not only does this smoothie provide lots of green goodness, it helps to energize you (you guys, I don’t drink caffeine… shocking, I know but I really don’t need it!) and gives you tons of nutrients to keep you satisfied until lunch. And unlike some green smoothie recipes out there, it’s not loaded with fruit and it actually tastes really good! I’ve received comments from people in the past saying that this is the best green smoothie they’ve ever had!
Frozen fruit – I keep a bag of frozen bananas in my fridge at all time. The banana gives the smoothie a nice texture and makes it seem a bit more filling to me. I prefer frozen (or fresh) pineapple above most other fruits because it provides the right amount of sweetness for me – AND pineapple is packed with digestive enzymes to get your digestive system functioning smoothly right from the start of your day.
Almond Milk/Almond Butter – The liquid of the milk helps get the texture of the smoothie right and I prefer to use almond milk for the added protein. Although, if I am out of my homemade stuff, I will sub in water, coconut water, coconut milk, etc. Same with the almond butter. I like the flavor it adds to the smoothie and since I am not a fan of protein powders, this is another way to get a little more protein + healthy fat in.
Lemon Juice – Not only does the lemon juice help cut any bitter taste from the greens, lemons are also help to maintain the pH balance in the body which is important for overall health and well being.
Chia and Hemp Seeds – I prefer a combo of the two because while chia seeds are an amazing source fiber and Omega 3’s, hemp seeds have a lot more protein. The protein + healthy fats in these will keep you satisfied all morning long.
Cucumber – I prefer a higher ratio of veggies to fruit in my smoothies and cucumbers are a great water-rich green vegetable to add. I also personally love the flavor of cucumbers.
Greens – I generally do a combo of spinach and kale but it really depends on what I have at the house. These greens are the life source of this smoothie, flooding your cells with nutrients first thing in the am. Experiment with all different types of greens – there are so many to choose from!
Cilantro/Parsley – Cilantro is known as a powerful natural cleansing agent, while parsley has a host of benefits including high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and folic acid.
Turmeric/Cinnamon – I add a sprinkle of both of these at the top prior to blending because they are both known to be anti-inflammatory and cinnamon may help regulate blood sugar levels.
- 1 frozen banana (we just keep a bag of them in our freezer)
- 1 cup of pineapple, frozen or fresh depending on season (sub 1 piece or 1 cup of any fruit you’d like)
- 1 cup almond milk (can use water or any other milk of choice)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp hemp or chia seeds (or a combo of both)
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 cucumber, roughly chopped
- 5 stalks of kale
- 1 handful of spinach
- ½ cup parsley or cilantro
- 6-8 ice cubes
- Water as needed
- Dash of cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients into a blender or vitamix. Mix well. Add more ice or water as needed to get to desired texture.
- Serve and be green!