Healthy eating doesn’t need to be hard or complicated. It just requires a little planning and research.
A few weeks before the new year a good friend of mine asked for some smoothie recipes. I love sharing the health and wellness knowledge I’ve gathered throughout the years and was more than happy to supply a few of my favorites: like this one and this one and this one.
What I realized after I sent her the recipes though is that my go-to green smoothie wasn’t on the blog. I’m not exactly sure how, since it’s one that I make every day and the one that Noe is now currently obsessed with. But lo and behold, it was missing. So in the spirit of simplicity, I’m not going to belabor a long post to talk about why you should add a green smoothie to your life. I’ll just bullet a few reasons.
- It’s delicious.
- The recipe is super simple.
- You can add anything your heart desires. It’s totally adaptable to your needs.
- It provides several servings of fruits and vegetables before you’ve even had your first cup of coffee.
- A smoothie each morning can aid in healthy digestion.
- It sure beats eating a sugary pastry that will only leave you craving more sugar an hour later.
- You’ll feel like a superwoman/man knowing you started the day out right.
See? So many great reasons to add a green smoothie to your life.
If you’re still on the fence just try it for a week and report back. If you feel worse for the effort than I give you a hall pass to eat whatever you want for breakfast from now on. But don’t knock it until you try it, deal?
Now for my go-to green smoothie recipes.
- 1 frozen banana (I peel and cut my banana into pieces ahead of time then freeze in ziplocks so they’re ready for easy use.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (you can use whatever you like here but I like the neutral flavor of almond milk and I try to limit my soy to my coffee, regular milk would be okay here too, I just don’t drink cow’s milk)
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- ¼ cup frozen mango
- ½ tablespoon ground flaxseed, hemp hearts or chia seeds OR 1 tablespoon of nut butter
- ½ cup fresh spinach
- Squeeze of fresh lemon juice, optional
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Eat on its own or top with nuts and raisins.