You may have seen your co-worker downing a glass of green liquid pulp and wondering why would any one drink that. I have never been a lover of green smoothies. They’re green, icky and bitter. At least that’s what I used to think until a friend of mine showed me how to make them properly after a workout. I couldn’t believe spinach was actually in the smoothie. It tasted so good! She told me of a variety of ways you can make a green smoothie and how they make diets easier. After all, these green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get large amounts of fruits and leafy greens into your daily diet. If you don’t want to eat your veggies, why not drink them? I promise you, it CAN be tasty!
So what the heck goes in this smoothie you ask? Well, it’s a pretty simple (and tasty) combo: leafy greens + fruit + liquid-base … and maybe some fancy superfood toppings like chia seeds or flaxseed. It may seem like a crazy diet fad, but honestly once you try a green smoothie, you’ll most likely become insanely addicted (like us)! And there is nothing better than downing 2 cups of spinach a day in a delightful fashion. And if you want to get all scientific, dark leafy greens contain: high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial phytonutrients. Fancy lingo aside, fruits and vegetables are good for you!
Ready to start blending?
You can use any green for your smoothie. Spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards or dandelion all make great choices. Then choose your liquid base: water, coconut water or any milk of your choosing. Then it’s your fruits. Choose your fruits based on what you want this smoothie to do. You can use any fruit like bananas, mango, apple, berries, orange, avocado, peach, pear, pineapple or grapes.
This smoothie is a combination of 2 cups spinach, 1 cup Lactaid milk, one banana and 2 apples. That’s it! Nothing else needed. No added sugar because the fruits add sufficient natural sugar. I call it my recovery smoothie because your post-workout cocktail should be potassium and calcium rich in order to preserve muscular energy.
GREEN SMOOTHIE BLENDING TIPS:
1. Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
2. Add 1 cup of your liquid base and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
3. Add 3 cups of fruit and blend again until smooth.
4. Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
5. Gulp or sip like a rock star!