Hail the green smoothie!

Haven’t tried one yet? Well unless you are allergic to spinach or something, give it a shot! The cool thing is that you can customize it to whatever you like and really just eyeball it.

Not to plug products, but I use the Ninja blender! It’s awesome and works as a food processor and a blender combined, has two different size bowls to use, and is just really versatile.

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Anyway. Green smoothies are healthy, easy to make, and fun to experiment with. All you do is add your favorite ingredients and add a handful or so of fresh spinach. It turns it a fun green but doesn’t add a vegetable taste! How cool. I’m not a huge fan of eating in the morning but I know it’s important to eat something before working out. So I would like to make a nice healthy smoothie before going to the gym.

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The main ingredients I always had on hand to make smoothies are:

  • Fresh spinach
  • Skim milk
  • Chia seeds (ever tried them? They are great for you and are full of fiber, give you lots of energy. They instantly boost the health factor and you don’t even notice they are there! Add a half a spoonful per serving and that will do. I use “Bob’s Red Mill” chia seeds that were purchased at Whole Foods.)
  • Fresh or frozen fruit: especially frozen bananas! Buy them fresh, slice, and freeze. they are a good way to add density and nutrients. Plus they are cheap!
  • Splenda or your favorite sweetener
  • Optional: fat free Greek or regular yogurt- if you like your smoothies really creamy. Good way to add protein and flavor.

Here are a couple different ideas for you to try. Go crazy, let me know what works or what bombed for you!

Green berry smoothie

  • 1 handful each of frozen raspberries and strawberries
  • 1 handful fresh spinach
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 handful frozen bananas
  • 1/2 spoonful chia seeds
  • 1-2 packets Splenda

Peanut butter banana green smoothie

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1-2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup vanilla almond or soy milk
  • 1-2 handfuls frozen bananas
  • 1/2 spoonful chia seeds
  • 1 dash cocoa powder
  • 1-2 packets Splenda

 

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