Why is everyone drinking those green drinks? If you make them right you get a boatload of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. If you are on the run all day and can’t quite get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy–a green smoothie is the answer.
There are a zillion recipes for green smoothies. You can get them at juice bars, smoothie establishments, the grocery store and at stop “n go convenience stands. But the ones you make at home and take with you are far better for you than any of the others. Most of the others are loaded with sugar or a sugar substitute. Some are made from juicers. I think there is a place for juicing in your life, but keep in mind all the fiber is removed. I prefer the smoothies where the fiber is included.These are the ones made in a blender.
I have found some very good websites that will list different ingredients in different catagories for you to make a green smoothie with. I have tried numerous recipes. Some were just down right awful tasting. So after a lot of experimenting I finally came up with a delicious and super healthy green smoothie. I made sure that there is protein included so you can have it for breakfast and it will hold you until lunch.
I also made sure it didn’t have any spinach in it. The reason for this is because spinach has a compound called oxalate. Oxalate is a compound that is thought to be a contributor to kidney stones. If you want to drink this green smoothie daily, that is probably way too much spinach. Instead I use a mixture of dark leafy green. These are important because they contain phytonutrients which improve longevity, support a healthy immune system and may protect against life-shortening diseases.
I have also included some fruits because when you mix fruit and vegetables together it helps with your digestive system. Also, included are some healthy fats to help with brain power and to give you energy. And as you have probably already guessed by now, it is great for getting your body to the weight it should be.
Instead of adding plain water or ice for the liquid component I added green ice tea cubes. As you know green tea is full of antioxidants. And here is something most people don’t know: Matcha green tea has 5 times the antioxidants as regular green tea. So guess which green tea I recommend!
I haven’t included any dairy based products because some people are lactose intolerant and some people have an insulin response to dairy
Having a liquid breakfast is also beneficial for your digestion. Instead of packing your tummy with a large heavy meal first thing in the morning a smoothie gradually adds nutrients that are taken into your system and help flush out any food left from the previous day.
A handful of dark, leafy green vegetables (kale, collard green, mustard greens…)
4 fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup green tea
1/4 cup berries ( strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or mixed berries)
almond milk (vanilla flavored, only 30 calories)
½ frozen banana
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon chia seed
2 tablespoon chopped walnuts
dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey
splash of vanilla
Prep Work and Quick Tips
- Once a week I mix together all the dry ingredients together so when it is time make the smoothie I don’t waste time finding each ingredient and measuring each one separately. Mix together oatmeal, cinnamon, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds.
- I buy large bags of mixed dark green leafy vegetables in the frozen food department. Just open the bag and put into the blender. They are already washed and you don’t have to worry about them going bad. Fresh greens can also be used.
- I also keep fresh mint leaves in the freezer.
- I keep a bag of mixed berries in the freezer. I usually have fresh berries, but it is always good to have a bag of frozen if you run out.
- I keep cut up frozen bananas in the freezer in a plastic bag. Over ripe bananas work beautifully because they are sweeter.
- A kiwi is ripe when you slightly squeeze it and it is soft. Don’t let it get too soft. And you guessed it–you can slice the kiwi that you don’t use and freeze–it works beautifully!
First, blend the greens and mint with the green tea. This helps liquefy the greens better than if you blend everything at once.
Second, add all of the rest of the ingredients except the bananas and kiwi and blend well until smooth.
Lastly, add the frozen bananas and kiwi. This is what gives the soothie the frozen texture that makes it taste like a slushy.
Try this delicious green smoothie that will help boost your immune system and help you lose weight. It is a natural energy booster and the best fast food around! Make sure to use my tips for prep work to make in minutes.
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