Have you jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon yet?
I’m decidedly un-trendy on most fronts, but this is one trend I have definitely gotten behind! The Green Monster movement is really nothing more than adding a handful of healthy greens to a blender with a few sweeter ingredients, to make it more appetizing! Sometimes I just don’t feel like steaming up a bowl of broccoli, you know? (Don’t feel like steaming it AND don’t feel like eating it.) Enter, the green smoothie. Perfect any time of day for a meal or a snack. (And much more delicious than a nasty V8, I might add.)
The Avengers cup is totally optional. That’s just how we roll in my household!
There are a million recipes out there that you can try. For mine, I always make sure to throw in these three musts:
-a handful of frozen spinach (much more budget-friendly than fresh, and just as healthy!)
-a few scoops of yogurt (for healthy probiotics and a creamy texture)
-frozen banana (for potassium and to give it that perfect consistency that is almost like ice cream!)
Beyond that, anything goes! I sometimes throw in lemon juice, or coconut oil, or ground flax seed, sometimes peanut butter, sometimes frozen berries. Basically whatever I have that sounds good! I love adding avocado too. It makes it so silky!
Here’s the recipe and the nutrition info for my “Tropical” Green Smoothie. It pairs amazingly well with Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas. The cool, creamy drink calms the palate from the spicy buffalo chicken, and gives you a much-needed serving of vegetables to go along with the slightly-less-healthy quesadillas. (Ok, a LOT less healthy. Ha!)
Carissa’s “Tropical” Green Monster Smoothie (For 2)
-1 frozen banana (cut into chunks prior to freezing)
-1/2 C coconut, vanilla, or plain yogurt (coconut is my favorite!)
-1/2 C. milk of choice (almond and soy work as well as dairy.)
-2/3 C. frozen chopped spinach
-1 or 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
-1/8 tsp Stevia (or 2 T. honey)
-1/2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
Add all ingredients to a blender and add water (enough to almost cover.) Blend on high until spinach is well broken down and smoothie texture is very smooth. Scrape down sides with a rubber spatula and pulse a few more times just to be sure. Pour into two glasses and serve!
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