I’ve always enjoyed a good smoothie on a hot afternoon, but 2013 is the year I’ve turned into a Green Smoothie Addict. In March I started drinking a green smoothie almost every morning, and now– four months later– I am completely hooked.
I don’t have a recipe. Instead, I pick and choose from what I have in my fridge and freezer. It’s always some variation of:
- greens (duh)– spinach is my favorite, but kale will do when it’s what I have. I use about 1 cup packed per smoothie.
- banana– when they start going brown, I peel them and break them into thirds into a Ziploc bag which lives in my freezer. I generally use 2 banana pieces per smoothie.
- mixed fruit– about a cup to a cup and a half of whatever I have. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, loquats, watermelon, grapes, mango.
- greek yogurt– about half a cup to 6 oz, depending on how much I can get into my blending cup.
- 3-4 oz of water, just to make it thin enough I can drink it through a straw
(Note: I’ve tried peanut butter in my smoothies. I LOVE peanut butter. It’s one of my top-five favorite foods. But in a smoothie? GAG. No thanks.)
What changed me from a twice-a-week smoothie drinker to a daily smoothie drinker was the purchase of a Ninja blender. I love the single-serve cups, which allow me to blend and drink with the same equipment. I also appreciate the easy cleanup– it’s dishwasher safe. Having a powerful blender that is easy to clean means I can take 90 seconds to assemble my smoothie, 20 seconds (if that) to blend it, and 10 seconds to unplug the blender and put it back in the cabinet. A two-minute healthy breakfast that ? Yes, please!
I’m not a scientist or nutritionist, but I can tell you that I’ve had some health benefits from beginning my green smoothie breakfast routine. Starting your day with a serving of greens plus 2-3 servings of fruit is good for the digestive tract. Really good. I add the greek yogurt because the protein helps keep me full all morning (and adds to the lovely silky consistency I prefer). I have no more mid-morning munchies. My skin, for the first time in my life as an adult, is clear and bright. I’ve only just realized the connection between the added vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants I’m getting from my daily smoothie as a possible reason for my skin’s vibrancy.
Here’s the truth: I’ve become such a believer in the daily green smoothie that I’ve just ordered a blender (not a Ninja, but a much cheaper imitation) to take with me on my upcoming vacation. This may push me into the territory of crazy health food lady, but I don’t care.
Do you smoothie? What are your favorite flavor combos?
Good health and great happiness to you!