Drink Your Greens – 5 Great Smoothie Recipes

Kale Smoothie

Why Not Drink Your Greens?

Many people have heard that greens are very nutritious but struggle to eat enough of them. Greens are not the easiest vegetables to prepare in such a way that tastes good without having to add ingredients that frankly are not as good for you. “A spoon full sugar”..kind of thing.

So, what are you to do? How about drinking them? No, I am talking about grinding them up into a nightmare adult version of that old favorite baby food – how about a green smoothie made without refined sugars?

The Most Concentrated Form of Nutrition.

Yummy FoodStudies show that Leaf greens are one of the most concentrated forms of nutrition. They supply calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins K, C, E, B6, and B12 and folate in abundance.

Leafy greens also provide a variety of phytonutrients, which include beta-carotene and lutein along with small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and nine times the recommended daily average for vitamin K.

And not to be forgotten Chlorophyll, what some call the first product of light, and, therefore, more of the potential energy, contained in light than any other molecule.

5 Great Green Smoothie Recipes

So here are some of my favorite Green Smoothie recipes – have fun trying and I look to hearing about what variations that you come up with. All the following recipes are intended to be created using a blender of your choice. Please refer to your manufacturer’s recommendations of the capabilities of your blender. These recipes are form various authors with my additions, I tend to add about a ½ cup of wheatgrass to each recipe to get a little extra nutrition. Caution wheatgrass – frankly tastes like grass. You may or may not like the taste. if you believe that you have or may have any allergies to any of the ingredients cited. Please consult a physician before drinking any of these smoothies.

A Simple Start

Recipe Yields: 3-4 Cups

2 cups of mixed baby greens
1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana, peeled
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk

A Little Kick in the Morning

Recipe Yields: 3-4 Cups
2 cups spinach (or Kale)
3 cups frozen strawberries, stems removed
2 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
2 cups of unsweetened almond milk or coconut water

Kiwi Delight

Recipe Yields: 3-4 cups
2 cups of green leaf lettuce
4 kiwis, peeled
1 cup cantaloupe
¼ cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
2 cups of coconut water

The Southern Touch

Recipe Yields: 3-4 cups
2 cups kale
2 cups of frozen peach cubes
4 pecan halves
4 mint leaves (personal choice if you want that mint kick or not)
2 cups of coconut milk

Let’s Get Tangy

Recipe Yields: 3-4 cups
2 cups spring greens
3 oranges, peeled and seeded
medium lemon, peeled and seeded
1 lime, peeled and seed
1 teaspoon of raw honey
1-2 cups of water

Just the Beginning

So, this is a start – I look forward to adding to these recipes and hearing about your creations.

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