Mean, Green, Eating Machine


Author: Codi Hale

Good morning everyone :)

I wanted to write about something a little different today! Now we all know how delicious fruit smoothies are…but how often do we drink veggie smoothies? Often their green-ish color turn people off, but if you have ever had one of these vitamin packed blends you know that the color is nothing….because they taste awesome! Smoothies with more vegetables than fruit can be much healthier for us because many fruit smoothies that we can get other places are loaded with added sugars. So try making these at home!

Here is a very Basic Green smoothie, taken from king5.com:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (add more for kids for a sweeter taste)
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
As much spinach as you can handle (2-3 handfuls to start and work your way up to 2-3 cups!)
ice + water to blend

Directions: Add spinach, banana, avocado and blueberries, in that order, to a blender. Add a splash of water (approx 1/3 cup) and ice and blend well.

  • The blueberries are packed with anti-oxidants, bananas with potassium, avocado with healthy fats, and powerhouse spinach!

 

If you are looking for something a little funkier than usual, try this Cherry Cabbage blend from organicauthority.com.

Blend these ingredients for ~ 1 minute: 

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup frozen cherries

½ cup red cabbage (chopped well)

1 heaping teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes).

 

This Blueberry Beet smoothie is also rich in antioxidants, and also includes flaxseed the wonderfood!

[taken from organicauthority.com]

Blend for ~1 minute:

½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup fresh or frozenblueberries

1/3 cup diced beet (either roasted or raw)

¼ cup plain yogurt (low-fat is fine)

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 handful of ice (2-3 cubes)

 

 

Try out this unique and beautiful Pear Arugula smoothie! It is not only full of essential greens, but includes protein packed Greek yogurt and nuts with healthy fats.

[taken from Brandon Matzek at kitchenofkonfidence.com]

Blend for ~1 minute:

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 

1 tablespoon pine nuts (almonds or walnuts would work as well)

1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used fat free)

1/2 ripe pear, cored

1 1/4-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled

1 cup arugula, tightly packed

3 – 4 ice cubes

 

Lastly, try out this action packed veggie mix from wellnessmama.com. Check out her website too, to see all the specific health benefits of each green in this smoothie.

Note: this may require a more heavy duty blender or food processor.

  • one small tomato
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • one bell pepper
  • one jalapeño
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1-2 cloves of raw garlic
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 3-4 big handfulls of greens of choice
  • 1 tsp kelp
  • 2 tsp spirulina
  • 2 cups water
  • handful of ice cubes

 

 

 

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Now, get blending!

Remember: “The greatest wealth is health” – Virgil