I bring you this recipe not because it’s a new, novel idea. Let’s get real. Green smoothies are so five years ago. However, a phased-out fad they are not. These powerhouse shakes can still be an incredibly life-changing diet addition and shouldn’t be forgotten. (Insert advertising slogan here. But seriously, they are wonderful.)
For that reason I must say, Green Smoothie, I am sorry for forgetting you. Once a daily drink, I let you leave my life for weeks and weeks too many. Never again.
I’m not sure when and how I fell off the smoothie bandwagon, but no fruit and greens have been spinning together in my blender lately. Kale, onions and herbs, yes, but no early morning, creamy green creations have been going down, that is, up until springtime finally hit.
I bring you this recipe because perhaps you, like me, need a reminder that green smoothies are a great way to kickstart your day and get your diet back in line. The nutrient-filled drink is packed with vitamins and minerals, meaning lots of energy for you.
As I use the spring season to take time to reorganize my life, I am realizing the value of clean eating and the energy it can provide. It is this energy that I need to prioritize what’s important to me and also to deliberate what is not. Lots of shifting, and changing, and goal reorientation is taking place for me right now. And with all of that, I want to revamp my diet too. A healthy body is a healthy mind, and a huge part of this stems from food.
I am excited to start bringing green smoothies back into my mornings and starting my days off on a high note. Whether you’re making some life changes or not, that’s never a bad game plan. Waking up with a healthy breakfast and a positive attitude is literally the best way to carry on life. Sometimes easier said than done, but I’d say this four-ingredient recipe is a pretty simple start. Enjoy.
- -Spinach or baby kale/collards, handful
- -5 strawberries, frozen
- -1/2 apple, chopped (choose a sweeter variety)
- -1/3 banana
- -Cinnamon, dash
- -Soy or almond milk, 5-8 ounces
- *Optional add-ins are endless / my favorites include: a handful of frozen peaches and/or blueberries, turmeric, cayenne, mint, etc.
- Place apple, then strawberries into a blender. Add torn greens on top. Pour milk over the ingredients.
- Blend until smooth, pulsing to help move around any “stuck” ingredients. You may need to stop the blender one or two times and use a long spoon to push the ingredients further down towards the blade. Pour into a tall glass.