We all know that we should be eating more leafy greens. Not only are they are loaded with amino acids (the building blocks of protein), minerals, vitamins, fiber & chlorophyll, they also enhance digestion and give our bodies lots of enzymes to stay strong and healthy. But, it can get a bit monotonous eating salads day after day.
Which is why I love green smoothies!
I was first introduced to green smoothies when I read Victoria Boutenko’s book Green for Life. Her extensive research proved that adding one green smoothie to your day could result in numerous health benefits, including weight loss, increased immunity and reduced cravings. Plus, breaking down the greens using a blender makes their nutrients easier for our body to use!
Your green smoothie can be as simple or complex as you’d like it to be.
When I’m feeling like a simple snack, the following recipe does the trick.
Snack-Size Green Smoothie
1 frozen banana
2 handfuls fresh spinach
1 cup water
Handful of ice cubes (3-4)
Note: If you’re new to green smoothies, I recommend using a small amount of spinach to start, then gradually increase the amount, as you grow accustomed to the flavor.
Blend for about one minute, to make sure you really break down the greens, then enjoy immediately!
If you want something a little more substantial, as a meal replacement, try the recipe below.
Classic Green Smoothie
2-3 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1 cup almond milk, or water
1/2 cup frozen berries
1-2 bananas (frozen or fresh)
juice of 1/2 lemon
dash of cinnamon
Toss the ingredients into a blender, and process until nice and smooth!
A quick and delicious way to sneak leafy greens into your life.
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 cup almond milk , or water
- 1/2 cup frozen berries
- 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- dash of cinnamon
- Toss all of the ingredients into a blender, and process until nice and smooth! Serve immediately.
Per Serving: Calories: 222, Fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 43, Fiber: 7g, Protein: 4g
Cheers to drinking your greens!