You guys, green smoothies are my favorite! I make smoothies all the time in my Vitamix. The Vitamix has to be my #1, most used kitchen appliance. I wouldn’t even call it an appliance, I’d call it an essential. I can’t wait to share my vault of green smoothies with you – stay tuned!
I’m considering making an entire green smoothie category on the blog – that is how much I love them! I could come up with about 10 ‘notes’ at the bottom with substitutions; however, I’ll refrain for now. There are so many different variations you can make, all while drinking something that doesn’t taste like earthy grass, unless that’s your thing.
I typically use spinach, kale, or a power green mix that contains spinach, kale, and chard – the contents of the power greens depends on the brand purchased. Eating greens in the morning is the perfect way to start the day – it starts the day off on the right foot & sets the day up for success.
Kale is likely my favorite out of the three (kale, spinach, chard), especially latticino (Tuscan). I love how dark green the leaves are and how it can make a dish with the vibrant colors.It can also make smoothies vibrant green too! My love for kale is not all superficial, it does a lot of good things for your body. Kale is very nutrient dense given the low fat and calorie content.
A few health benefits of kale:
- High iron content (higher than beef)
- High in vitamin K, vitamin A,and vitamin C
- contains antioxidants
- has anti-inflammatory properties
- lots of fiber
The reason I make smoothies almost everyday is because they’re so easy! All it takes is a few chops, throwing (into the blender) and a large cup. I like the 32 oz clear plastic to-go cup from target with the large flexible straw. They always come clean in the dishwasher which is always a win.
Give this easy green smoothie a try to stay in line with your fitness and health goals!
- 2 large handfuls of spinach/kale/power greens
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 apple, quartered
- ¼ cup frozen organic strawberries
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon spirulina
- 1.5 cups of water
- Sprinkle of chia seeds
- 3 teaspoons half and half [optional]
Note: To make this smoothie less sweet, omit the apple
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth – [I use a Vitamix]
- Pour into glass and sprinkle with chia
- Serve immediately & enjoy!
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