Mikey and I have become smoothie connoisseurs.
We have slowly perfected our favorite green smoothie and I decided to share the recipe with you today. There are thousands of smoothie recipes out there and we love experimenting with all different types of fruits, veggies and healthy mix-ins.
Don’t be afraid of the kale or spinach. You can’t taste the veggies! The natural energy boost you get from this smoothie is amazing and you will love how healthy and satisfied you feel after sipping one! Mikey and I have tried a million recipes and realized if you add banana or pineapple, you completely mask any weird veggie taste. This just tastes like a sweet milkshake. I PROMISE!
Mikey and I go to hot yoga often and we always like to cool off after with a smoothie. Sometimes we go in the morning before work and don’t have much time to spend making smoothies. We always used our Magic Bullet which would work, but took a bit of time to shake and add more liquid to. Plus it was a little small and we always had to make two batches.
This year for Valentines day we decided not to do gifts. As always, that didn’t work out too well as we both ended up getting gifts for each other. Mikey walked in with this big wrapped box and I was intrigued. I opened it up and inside was a NutriBullet. I was confused. I asked him why we would need a NutriBullet when we have a perfectly fine Magic bullet.
He then explained to me how it had a way bigger engine and that I needed to watch the informercial and that it was so great for making smoothies and way faster, etc, etc.
I didn’t understand and I was a little perturbed because it seemed to me that he bought the blender so I would make him smoothies in the morning…which was partly true.
Well let me tell you, the NutriBullet is amazing. It literally pulverizes (their word, not mine) your smoothie ingredients into a smooth puree in no time at all! I went from a hater to a believer in just a few seconds!
I like to keep all my ingredients in the freezer as that way I don’t have to add any ice. I buy organic kale in bulk and then wash it, remove the thick veins and put it into small baggies and freeze it until we need it. I do the same with spinach leaves. I always like to add a few pieces of frozen banana (no more than half) and a couple pieces of pineapple. We then add lots of other fruits depending on what is in season or in the freezer.
Finally, I add anything from chia seeds, flax seed, protein powder, peanut butter, oats, yogurt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, orange juice, almond milk, coconut milk…the list goes on!
Recipe: Healthy Green Smoothie
Makes 1 large serving
1 Cup (or one handful, gently packed) frozen Kale Leaves
1/2 Banana, frozen
2-3 Pineapple Chunks
2-3 Mango Slices
4-5 Frozen Grapes
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
2 Tablespoons Protein Powder
1/2 Cup Coconut Water
Combine all frozen ingredients into blender/cup.
Scoop in final ingredients and top with coconut water.
Puree on high until a smooth texture appears/no large chunks remain.
Grab a straw and enjoy!
NOTES: You can add or subtract hundreds of thousands of different ingredients. It is fun to experiment with different fruits, juices and veggies. Don’t be intimidated by the kale! Try it!