juice it, or blend it.
Regardless of your preference I want you and your entire family to jump on the blended-green-drink-train.
There are so many reasons to love green drinks!
I specifically love all the nutrition you can pack into one cup. Each glass will be brimming with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, fibre and good fat that will promote well-being, energy, weight loss and healthy elimination (yes...bowel movements).
The versatility, and capability to jam pack each glass with a variety of super foods is what makes them perfect. I certainly enjoy more blended drinks in the spring and summer months but still enjoy a few throughout the week when the temperature drops.
You can enjoy your smoothie first thing in the morning, as a snack or post-workout. If you feel that you don't have time to whip up this tasty green drink first thing in the morning no stress, you can make a batch in advance so that it ready for you in the morning. I prefer to store mine in an air-tight mason jar for convenience.
So what is the best tasting green smoothie for newbies?
Here is a very basic smoothie that I promise everyone will love, even the kids.
- 1.5 cups almond milk (OR hemp, rice, oat are great too)
- 1 banana - fresh or frozen
- Handful of greens (kale, romaine + spinach are some of my fav's)
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- Cinnamon (add lots!)
- Option: For additional protein you can use raw hemp seeds OR a protein powder. my favourite protein powders are Vega + Sunwarrior.
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes and serve (it's that easy!)
A couple notes ....
- Please feel free to play around with the liquid ratio. Everyone prefers a slightly different consistency, so choose what works for you.
- I often use half almond milk and half hemp milk or throw in some water. For reasons on why I don't typically recommend dairy you can read this article.
- I tend to use frozen bananas in my smoothies, but fresh if fine as well. Every couple of weeks I by an extra bunch of bananas, remove the skin when they are ripe and cut into bit size pieces. then I store them in a glass container or zip lock bag in the freezer.
- It is great to use a variety of greens, and the darker the leaf the better. The more variety you use = more diversity in nutrients you will be providing your body with. While it is not necessary to steam your greens, here is a bit more info on why you may want to consider steaming your spinach.
- The sweetness of the banana cuts the flavour of the greens, so even the pickiest of eaters shouldn't taste the greens. This holds true as you experiment with other fruits and vegetables. Ideally a 1:3 ratio of fruit to veg is great.
- In this case the almond butter contains protein, good fats as well as good flavour for most green smoothie beginners. Once you are more comfortable with the flavour you can choose to remove this and only use on occasion.
- Once you start on the green-smoothie-train, I promise you will begin to look forward to them! As you gain more confidence feel free to play around with a variety of fruits and vegetables! Here is a fun picture that shows some other options to make some green goodness that you could consider in the future.....
Wishing you a fabulous Monday + happy blending!