This summer green smoothies have become a must in my diet. Here’s how it started:
About three months ago I was trying to work on getting better habits started and I dismissed bananas as a food because eating a raw banana = never happening. I gag. I hate them. And yet, as I spoke to my friend I realized the banana was the key to the whole thing. Oh, not that you have to eat bananas just that I can justify why I can’t have them as I do a lot of healthy stuff and, well, maybe I need to make a big shift.
We’ll talk about big shifts another day. For now, I just want to share my beloved smoothie:
> banana [whole, half, or frozen pieces]
> coconut milk or water [6-8oz] note: if you hate the taste no worries. you won’t taste it in the smoothie it is just the perfect liquid to use. Just remember PURE stuff. None of this junk that has sugar added to it!!!
> fresh spinach and/or kale [2 BIG handfuls. fill that blender!]
Once you’ve got those three things in the blender you could just eat it… but it won’t be sweet and it won’t be as tasty. I mix and match one or more of the following things depending on what I’ve got in the house and what I’m feeling like doing.
> small serving frozen fruit [blueberries, peaches, mango, berries, cherry…]
> almond butter [spoonful]
> fresh fruit [I like to play ‘clean the fridge’ with fruit that needs to be used such as a strawberry or two]
> grated carrot
> plain [no sugar!!!] yogurt
You absolutely do NOT need to add sugar in any form (honey, agave, etc… leave that sugar OUT!). Enjoy the healthy treat that can range from cool to cold depending on how much cold/frozen you use vs room temp or fridge goods.
The smoothie is refreshing, you’re getting big time veg (and no, it doesn’t taste like spinach), and it is good natural food. I went from being ok about eating this to really trying to work one of these into my diet 4-5 times a week! I usually avoid the yogurt unless I have a bit in the fridge that needs to get eaten asap, but I add that as an option because yep, you could add it.
This can be breakfast, lunch, mid-morning snack, meal on the go… I love it. More importantly I’m feeling better than ever – and this is just the beginning.