It’s been a crazy week but I finally have a night off and I’m excited to share my newest secret weapon with you all — green smoothies! My co-workers know all about this obsession of mine because they see me walking around with odd colored beverages every day. I was first introduced to the idea of the “green drink” while attending Hay House’s ‘I Can Do It!’ conference in Washington D.C.. One of the speakers was the amazing Kris Carr. If you haven’t heard of her, please check out her website crazysexylife.com. She’s an advocate of a plant based, vegan diet and has used nutrition and other wellness practices to combat her stage 4 “incurable” cancer. It’s an amazing story and she has continued to inspire me to make changes in my life.
Now I know a vegan diet may not be for everyone, but the great thing is that just adding green smoothies to your routine can drastically improve your health. It gives your body access to all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in vegetables (and fruit!) in a form that is the most easily digested and absorbed. Instant nutrition!
Here is my favorite recipe:
– 1 handful of baby spinach
– 1/2 of a cucumber (peeled if it’s not organic!)
– 1 banana (frozen if you want it a little creamy and cold)
– about 3 ounces of coconut water
-1/2 an avocado (optional)
Put it all in a blender and enjoy! While I’m not here to endorse random products, I have to say I LOVE my nutribullet blender. If you are going to make this a daily practice, I highly recommend that you invest in this or another great blender that will blend seeds, ice and other tricky items. It’s done in a flash, and already in a self-serve cup that I just screw the lid onto and then it’s off to work!
I drink a smoothie like this every single day for breakfast. You cannot beat the health benefits of fresh, raw produce. Anytime you can eat (or drink!) a vegetable raw, you maximize the nutrients that you receive. Spinach alone is full of beta-carotene, folate, lutein, plant sterols, as well as vitamins C,B &K.
If you have a juicer you can also make green juice instead of smoothies. Equally as healthy, I just don’t have one so I’ve stuck with my smoothies.
On days that I work out in the morning, and want a little more protein in my life (especially important when you don’t eat meat) I make this gem, my version of a peanut butter, banana, chocolate shake:
-1 handful of spinach
-1 banana (again, I love them frozen)
-about 3 ounces of almond milk
-a scoop of almond butter (like peanut butter, only more awesome and less likely to have pesticides)
-1 tablespoon of cacao powder
Yes you read that right cacao, not cocoa. Cacao is the bean of the fruit that they make chocolate from, and it full of health benefits in its raw form. Plus it tastes like dark chocolate! Cacao is high in antioxidants, magnesium, and flavanols. It has been shown to boost serotonin levels, increase circulation, increase mental alertness, and raise levels of good cholesterol. You can get it in health food stores, or just order it off of amazon like I do.
So friends, are you convinced yet?
I hope so. If you want more inspiration or great recipes check out this video by Kris:
Good luck experimenting and I would love to hear some of your favorite recipes! I’m always looking for great new combinations to try.