Classic Green Smoothie
By Christina Pasternak Serves 2
The largest food group of a plant-based diet is raw vegetables and fruit, especially a variety of leafy greens. Green smoothies are not only one of the healthiest ways to start your day, but they contain more plant foods than most people eat in a week! This means more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants -- exactly what we need to fight aging and disease. Though green smoothies are best when enjoyed immediately after blending, they can be made in batches and refrigerated in airtight glass containers for up to 48 hours. Just make sure you give 'em a good shake before drinking. This is my go-to green smoothie recipe because it's delicious and the ingredients are staples in my kitchen. Dont be afraid to experiment with a variety of greens and fruits to find your favorite way to drink your veggies. Bottoms up!
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- 2 large handfuls of spinach (or any leafy greens you like, mix it up! Try kale, chard, collards, romaine, arugula, mustard greens, etc).
- 1 banana
- 1 green apple
- 1 × Juice of half a lemon
- 1 small avocado (optional: adds creaminess, contains heart-healthy fats, and is a complete source of protein)
- 1 × 1-2 cups of water/ice, depending on how thin you like your smoothies
You may also need:
Blender, Kitchen Knife, Spoon
Make sure your ingredients are fresh and washed.
Put the greens and water in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 15-30 seconds.
Cut up the apple and put in blender with already blended greens. Blend on high until incorporated and smooth, about 15-30 seconds.
Peel the banana and toss in with greens and apple mixture. Cut the avocado in half, remove pit, scoop out the inside with a spoon, and add to blender. Squeeze in the lemon juice. Blend everything together until smooth.
Pour into glass and enjoy! You can drink all 32 oz. at once if you prefer. I like to pour mine into a to-go cup and sip throughout the morning. Any remaining smoothie should be refrigerated in an airtight glass container and used within 48 hours. Note: if you are using a professional quality blender, such as a Vitamix, you can blend all ingredients at once rather than step-by-step as listed above.
I've been doing this smoothie with the kids every morning - such an easy way to get them excited about veggies and eating them (ALL!)
Christina Pasternak says:
Yeah!! Green smoothies are a great way to get kiddos excited about veggies. King Kale and Princess Pineapple are super awesome -- and nutritious!
Laura Hogg says:
This sounds absolutely delicious! I never would have thought of putting an avocado in a smoothie...can't wait to try this :)
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