Every day I wake up and make myself (and my husband) a smoothie. Not sure when I started this, but it feels like I’ve been doing it forever and ever. I love fruit and I love how I feel after a delicious smoothie. It keeps my body running until lunch and I love how energized I feel from drinking a morning smoothie.
A smoothies main ingredient is fruits and sometimes contains nuts/seeds, milks (almond, soy, hemp, cows milk), yogurts, veggies (carrots, cucumber, etc) and greens (kale, spinach, bok choy, arugula, etc).
I usually only add fruit, greens and water to my smoothies – occasionally I’ll add ground flaxseed though.
Many people wonder how to make a green smoothie… here’s how I make mine. Spinach is most recommended to any green smoothie newbies as it’s got such a mild taste you won’t even notice it.
How to make a green smoothie….
- 1 apple, cored and sliced (*SEE FRUIT NOTE BELOW)
- 1 frozen banana, peeled (**SEE BANANA FREEZING TIP BELOW)
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup water
Blend it all up in the blender and enjoy!
* You could replace any of the fruit with fruit of your choice, of course – or add a cucumber or some chopped carrots. Whatever you’d like. Keep in mind that dark berries like blueberries or strawberries might change the color of the smoothie and it might not end up green after all. But It will still be a “green smoothie” as long as there are greens in it! duh!
**HANDY BANANA FREEZING TIP: To freeze bananas, I usually peel them, slice them into 1 inch thick pieces, and place on a cookie sheet then put in freezer. After a few hours they should be frozen. I then either use them right away or I place slices in a ziplock bag and put back in the freezer. The reason you freeze first before placing in ziplock bag right away is because they’ll end up sticking together as they freeze and it will become a big block of banana slices that are barely useable. Been there, done that!
Pictured above is my grandmas hand-me-down blender that died on me…. 🙁 RIP – I then took that opportunity to upgrade to a more powerful blender – this Blendtec. Love that blender more than anything… Gotta check them out if you’re in the market for a blender. For reals. They sell refurbished ones that are an excellent option if you’re in the market for a new blender.
In case you didn’t know… people lose weight from green smoothies.
In fact, Katherine Kyle of GreenThickies.com turned her life around by adding green smoothies and cleaner eating to her daily routine. She even created a 7 Day Diet Plan to help you lose weight and feel better. You should check it out!
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