Introducing the “green smoothie”. If you are not acquainted with the green smoothie, there is no better time than now. For reals. Initially when I started drinking green smoothies it was because I did not particularly like spinach, yet wanted to reap all the benefits of the leafy green. Now I drink green smoothies because I get so much more without all the time and energy spent chewing. Hmmm, reading that makes me think… am I too lazy to chew? Haha, no, I refuse to believe that. Besides, when I went to a workshop taught by Victoria Boutenko she taught us that spinach blended up in a smoothie actually allows your body to absorb it way better. See, not lazy. If you haven’t heard Victoria speak, she is amazing.
Anyways, to the point! With the hustle and bustle of day to day life, plus the heat that defines summer, a smoothie is the perfect way to get all the vitamins/nutrients you need without spending too much time in the kitchen heating up. In the green smoothie I made today I put in 2 large handfulls of spinach, a handful of raspberries, a handful of strawberries, half a handful of frozen blueberries, 2 bananas, a kiwi, and a cup of water and a cup of ice. When you put blueberries in your green smoothie it changes the color instantly to a purpleish, which makes it easy to give to the kids who are always pretty leary of any drink that shares the same color with moss. You can add things like flax seed oil to boost the health factor. I also steer clear of dairy products in my smoothies.
It’s fun to experiment with various smoothie flavours, and I’m not kidding when I say I make a mean chocolate banana green smoothie. For that smoothie I put in spinach, bananas and raw cocoa powder, and then blend with water and ice. You can also add other fruits like mango or kiwi, but definitely have the main flavour be banana and chocolate. It is seriously so good you will question if you are even drinking a green smoothie at all. But I assure you, the raw cocoa powder is a superfood and amazing for you.
With green smoothies, you can change up the greens you put in too. Common greens are spinach, parsley, kale, romaine, and dandilion. Yes, dandilion. Not sure if it’s picked directly from the back yard or purchased at the store, but dandilion is so good for you. If you don’t believe me, check out some of Dandilion’s benefits here. Now I don’t mean the yellow flowers, it would be the leafy green bit on the dandilions. So there you have it, not only are you potentially motivated to go make a green smoothie, you may even be motivated to go weed your lawn! You’re welcome. 😉