Green is the New Black

Green Smoothies are a great way to pack in daily fruits and vegetables your body needs to function at its best.  They are a great way to boost your energy, lose weight effortlessly, and make healthy eating a lifestyle—not a diet.  I love to experiment with different combinations of smoothies.  Theres so many different ingredients and combinations that you can put into a blender so I thought why not share some of my favorites!

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1.  Banana, Chia, and Spinach Smoothie

This smoothie is awesome mostly because it packs two servings offruits and a serving of veggies into a particularly tasty smoothie package. The chia seeds also help keep you full.  For a reminder of all the health benefits of chia seeds refer down to my previous blog Let’s Chat Chia!

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

IMG_1789edit2.  Strawberry, Banana, Blueberry Green Smoothie

This smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies is full of iron, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants.  They suggest adding olive leaf extract, echinacea, and elderberry extract which help to boost the immune system and fight off infection.

  • 2 cups spinach, fresh
  • 3⁄4 cup water
  • 3⁄4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 bananas

3.  Peanut Butter Banana and Oat

This smoothie is great if you want a protein packed start to your day or even a post workout snack.  It’s filling and oh so tasty.

  • 2 cups cold almond milk (soy or regular milk would also be delicious)
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks (frozen is ideal)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 heaping tsp honey (I prefer agave nectar)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds, ground into meal
  • 2 tsp old-fashioned oats, ground fine
  • Garnish with blueberries

Anti-aging-Strawberry-Energy-Smoothie-0294.  Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

Now this combination might seem a little weird at first, but trust me when I say it is so delicious and so refreshing! Cucumbers are great for thickening the smoothie and adding lots of hydration and potassium.

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup cold almond milk
  • Half an English (hothouse) cucumber, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 to 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
  • A squeeze of lemon

To ease your smoothie making process, here is Real Simple’s article on techniques to make a kiler smoothie along with some additional recipes.  Enjoy!

XOXO,

Katie

 

 

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