Thursday, November 1, 2012

Green Smoothies

Here's a post we published almost 4 years ago, but the basics of Green Smoothie making never get old.  Green smoothies are quick food and packed with easily absorbable nutrition.  I've recently started using a Nutribullet Extractor and love the smoothies it makes. 

If you haven't heard of a green smoothie or maybe you just haven't tried one yet, you're in for a treat.

By adding a green smoothie to your daily routine, you are increasing the amount of whole plant foods in your diet in a way that is both easy and delicious. I love a green smoothie after my workout. It boosts my mood and my energy level knowing how many great vitamins and minerals I have just taken in.

Here is my favorite Green Smoothie recipe. There are many out there and I will share others as I try them myself. You can get creative too! Mix your favorite fruits and any great green veggies you like.

Put the following ingredients into your blender:
1 cup water or nut milk
Ice (optional - I skip it if I am using frozen fruit)
1 banana
Fresh or frozen fruit of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, mango, etc.)
Large handful of greens like fresh spinach leaves, parsley, or romaine lettuce
Handful of nuts or seeds

Blend well and enjoy!

Make it kid friendly - we call it "Flower Power" at our house and the girls think it is cool to add the spinach as though they are the leaves of a flower.


daedra said...

Do you have any suggestions for someone like myself that is allergic to bananas? I know, how odd right? But they make me throw up like mad!
Also, I love your new blog and follow it! I wish my sis-in-law and I had as much in common but alas, we are VERY different.

Shannan and Karla said...

I have used avocado in mine before which would give it the creamy consistancy that a banana provides. Apples (peeled) make a very frothy smoothie as well.
Other than that, just pick your favorite fruits and don't forget the greens!

Thanks so much and I am glad your reading!!

daedra said...

Thanks. I"ll have to try other fruits because I'm allergic to avocado also!

Shannan and Karla said...

Oh bummer! Any fruits that you like and are not allergic to will work fine. Try the apple, it gives it some texture. No matter what you use, it will be a refreshing, filling and super healthy snack!

Shannan and Karla said...

Hey Daedra! It's so good to see you on here! I sometimes delete the banana part altogether if I'm out and it doesn't really ruin the smoothie. I like to add frozen blueberries or cherries (from our coop):) instead of the ice when I'm out of bananas and I still get a nice thick creamy smoothie!


daedra said...

Thanks Karla!
I've linked your blog on mine so that I can keep up with what you're posting about because it's so great!
Mines nothing informative, just for fun:

Shannan and Karla said...

Thanks Daedra!

I love your blog and all the pictures of your family.


astaxanthin benefits said...

green leafy vegetables are great sources of antioxidant and this is a really cool and healthy smoothies! i would love to try this one out. i also love minty taste in my smoothies, makes a perfect summer chillos!

janet said...

the picture make me remember about one of my favorite drink namely green tea smoothie.

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Dana Stern said...

It is very important to include a lot of vegetables and fruits in your food. I like salads that include both fruits and vegetables.

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