The Essential Green Smoothie

Why am I so obsessed with breakfast smoothies?

Well, let’s start with this. Nothing starts the morning off better than a high dose of vitamins, minerals and the essential nutrition your body truly wants. Knowing how powerful veggies are doesn’t really make eating them first thing in the morning any easier. Which is why drowning them in a mix of powerful fruits and blending them to a lazy lady’s portable breakfast is perfect.

Why have a smoothie for breakfast:

  1. Get in your veggies without worry, or tasting them really!

  2.  Quick to prepare.

  3. Packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

  4. Portable for that girl whos putting on her shoes and eating breakfast in the car.

  5. Filling. Seriously filling.

  6. Easy to change up so you don’t get bored.

  7. Can be made the night before for even more convenience in the morning.

So if those don’t sell you on trying out green smoothies, you’re just not into smoothies…or happiness…or puppies…and that’s cool too. Lol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 2 handfuls of a kale, spinach or power greens mix (try to get one with at least two types of greens)

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango

  • water to blend

Instructions:

  1. place your greens and frozen fruit in the blender and bring water to the top of the ingredients. You can add ice if you want to drink it very, very cold. I don’t find that necessary because the frozen fruit makes it very cold when blended.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Pack and take with you.

Ways to boost the power of this smoothie

Add Fat

One way to up the nutritional anty of this smoothie is to add 1 tbsp of ground flax. I recommend using the ground flax as it is more available to your body and know that it is broken down beforehand so you can access the fats when consumed. While starting off most people are not as eager to try a bunch of stuff in the smoothies and that’s ok. But once you start drinking these, the flax addition will provide essential fats to your body that will help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Use ripe fruit

Another way to get the most nutrition is to free spotty bananas at the peak of their freshness to make them easier to digest. The same goes with using frozen fruit which is flash frozen at the peak of freshness and ripeness.

Go low glycemic

If you are looking for a lower glycemic smoothie you can easily swap the mango for the same amount of frozen berries of any kind. You can also just use frozen berries instead of the banana as well but that is not going to cover the taste of the greens as well as a banana would. I started out using a lot of banana and eventually made my way to more greens than fruit.

Make it a protein green smoothie

You can make this a protein smoothie by adding one scoop of vanilla protein. It comes out more like a milkshake than a smoothie but just as tasty. If you don’t want it to be too sweet you can follow the simple recipe below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 2 handfuls of power greens mix (or just spinach)

  • 1/2 cup of frozen berries

  • 1 serving of natural vanilla protein

  • water

Instructions:

  1. Place all of the fruit, greens, and water into a blender. Make sure the water comes to the top of the ingredients.

  2. Blend and enjoy!

Enjoy!