Green Smoothies

Coming from a devoted cereal and milk eater, at LEAST once a day, I was not so convinced of the yumminess of a daily “green smoothie.” I followed this recipe for two weeks:

Basic Green Smoothie

1 bunch curly kale, ribs removed

1 apple

1 banana

frozen mango chunks

ground almonds

water (enough to assist in blending, so as not to destroy your blender like yours truly)

Place the fruit and water in your blender and liquefy away until your little heart is content. Add the kale (I suggest chopping it up first…) and ground almonds and blend until desired consistency has developed. I like mine as smooth as possible so I let my blender go on high speed for at least 5 minutes.

It was actually good. I ate it more like applesauce than a smoothie but I really enjoyed it.  After two weeks of monotony, however, I decided to switch it up a little bit. Here are my two favorites:

Purple Power Smoothie:

1-2 cups spinach or kale leaves (or really any greens you like)

1 black plum

3-5 sliced strawberries

a handful of blueberries

1 apple

Ground nuts or flax seeds (protein, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids!)

Water (same deal…enough to ease your blender)

You could use milk (if you eat dairy) or I like to use some vanilla soymilk instead of water…mmmmm!

As mentioned before, blend up the fruit and water, chop and add your greens and nuts or seeds, and blend until smooth. You won’t believe the color of this prize!

We’ve all heard about white chocolate, and milk chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate, and even red (velvet!) chocolate…but how about….

Green Chocolate Smoothie

1 banana

8 oz chocolate soymilk (or milk if you eat dairy) OR plain milk/soymilk with 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1 tbsp of sugar or agave nectar

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

2-3 cups chopped fresh spinach

blend up your banana and milk. Add your flax seeds and blend until smooth. Add your spinach. Oh yes….this is for real…and it is ahhhhhmazing! You could absolutely trick your friends, kids, and husbands into eating greens this way!

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