After quite some time of ordering green smoothies at my local smoothie joint, or buying a bottled version while on the go I decided to start making my own for breakfast. Not only do I get to decide what goes into the blender (or conversely what DOESN’T go in), I also don’t have to worry about choking down those sickly sweet bottled versions like Naked Juice’s Green Machine. I treat my green smoothie making experience like a science experiment, always trying new ingredients, and sometimes making huge messes in my kitchen, but that is all part of the fun! I’m sure if my hubby walked in and saw me standing over the blender with goggles and a white lab coat he wouldn’t bat an eye. Haha!
My favorite green smoothie has the following ingredients:
- 1 banana
- 1 green apple
- sliced cucumber
- chopped celery (I go easy on the celery b/c of the distinct taste/smell)
- chopped mango (optional, but one of my favorite additions)
- kale (spinach is a good substitute as it is virtually taste free)
- a cup (or so*) of water (*I don’t measure when I’m making these, so I typically just eyeball it while pouring) –if you have crushed ice that would work well, but cubed ice is more annoying than helpful. You can also use soy milk, almond milk, or coconut water as well
- blend & enjoy
Green smoothies satisfy my hunger, ward off cravings, give me loads of needed vitamins from food, and leave me with super energy boost to start my day (And this is coming from a caffeine junkie). Now, before I go any further, I will say that I’ve read a lot of sites claiming green smoothies have super powers and will lead to weight loss, radiant skin, and all that. And while I believe they do contribute to those things, I don’t believe they alone will grant you all your hopes and dreams. Keep things in perspective, but do yourself a favor and give a green power smoothie a whirl.