Thinking of exploring the word of green smoothies? You should!
In fact, this right here is what I had for my mid-morning snack this morning, a green smoothie called the “mr. grinch”. (I nicknamed it “mr. grinch”, because it’s a mean one.)
I have 2 of these every day (except the weekends, I usually try to get at least 1 per day on the weekends). This is NOT a green smoothie you will want to try your first time out (beginners should start with “the kermit”). You will need to work yourself up to something like this. Seriously, do not try this at home kids!
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As we gear into a fresh new year, let’s get excited to take on our personal health goals! With a chance to restart and recharge, I am always motivated to make actionable changes to my food and fitness routine to stay on track. I love the challenge of developing better-for-you recipes, but that you will still enjoy and crave! One way is by creating breakfast recipes that add more nutrition to your day.
This super green smoothie will give the energy boost that you need to kick-start your mornings. By making some simple, wholesome swaps, it’s easy to add protein, fiber, fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants into your glass without compromising on flavor. Let’s start this year off right together and put that blender to work!
stuff you will need:
2 cup water
1 scoop protein (we now use Sunwarrior)
1 banana (peeled)
1 orange (peeled)
1 pieces of pineapple
1 stalk of celery
10 sprigs parsley
6 dandelion greens
1 leaf – red chard
1 leaf – collard greens
1 leaf – kale
2-3 cups spinach
1 small slice of ginger root
1 cup ice
- Greens – Baby kale and spinach are delicate and tender, and the earthy and bitter notes are not as strong for the smoothie. One cup of kale is packed with about 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Spinach is rich in iron and an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, and folic acid.
- Matcha Green Tea- The ground green tea leaves from the Matcha Green Tea can contain up to 10 to 15 times more overall nutrients, and 100 times more antioxidants compared to traditional green tea. The antioxidants from different catechins help to protect against free radicals and strengthen your immune system.
what to do with the stuff:
- place all stuff in your vita-mixer
- turn on (blend until smooth)
This makes a very large pitcher. It probably turns out to be somewhere around 400 calories, mainly due to the protein and oil. By removing the oil you can cut it by 120 calories. This is very filling and probably covers most of your required vegetable and fruit for the day. I drink 2 of these bad boys a day, mainly because they make me feel so good!
Experiment with some green smoothies in your diet and see if you don’t start feeling better, too!
P.S. The video below is in honor of St. Patty’s Day, but it will give you a great visual for how to get it done!