Good afternoon everyone! Or morning. Or night, or whatever time it is when you’re reading this.
I finally made myself post a recipe of a smoothie. I think the reason I haven’t published anything is that it seems so simple and yet, I remember the days when I started with green smoothies and researched high and low what kinds I could make. So here you go, one of my favorites.
This smoothie will be a staple in your home and everyone will love it – my toddler downs it in seconds. My husband always asks what I put in it, but he always downs it too 😀 I’m telling you, it’s easy to please with it and you’re getting the benefit of all the amazing ingredients in it. If you’re just starting with green smoothies, the fruit ones are the best for that. Veggie smoothies take a little time to get used to and also much more experimenting. If you want, I can give you my most favorite veggie smoothie recipe, just let me know 😉
The basics for smoothies in general:
– pick a liquid you’d like to use – I usually use almond milk for fruit ones and lemon and water for veggie ones
– choose your sweetener – the easiest is banana, although I don’t really like it in veggie smoothies so I go with apples and carrots. You can also use figs, or dates or maple syrup.
– go with less liquid at first and based on your ingredients and speed of blender add more later because fruits and veggies will let some water out and the last thing you want is a smoothie that’s too runny. I have a very basic and cheap blender so I sometimes have to use more liquids, but I do so gradually while watching the consistency.
– pick your greens – whatever you’re throwing into your blender, even if it’s just bananas, add a green veggie to it. It’s the best thing you can do for your body because the nutrients will at least double. The easiest one to start with is spinach. The taste of spinach is not overpowering when paired with other foods so it’s easy to forget it’s in it – in case you have picky eaters 🙂 Kale is a bit stronger in flavor so that one requires a bit playing to figure out the best combinations for your taste buds. We’re all different and that’s ok. You may prefer Kale and if you do, more power to ya! Kale is packed with nutrients and vitamins so no harm done. After you try spinach and kale feel free to try other greens and see what you like.
– For a more dense and filling smoothie, add about one tbsp of chia, flaxseed (meal), nut butter, coconut or cacao powder
– blend until the smoothest possible! I used to be asked if I’m drinking salsa until I realized that I didn’t let the blender go long enough. Truth be told, my blender is also not very powerful, but it gets the job done once I give it enough time 🙂
– these are the basics that I figured out when I was starting out with green smoothies. If you have more tips, please share them in the comments below!
Allright, on to this beauty. You need:
– 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
– 2 medium size bananas
– 1 cup of frozen strawberries
– (big) handful of spinach
Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth! You can use frozen bananas as well if you want it thicker and colder. Serve in a cute glass because I promise you it’ll taste better 🙂 Serve to loved ones immediately. If you have any leftovers pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Your kids will love you.
I love green smoothies in the morning, for snack or after a workout. Or whenever. ENJOY!
What’s your favorite?