Friday, November 2, 2012

Super Green Smoothie

If you've never tried a green smoothie before, uncrinkle your nose and keep reading. If you have, you may already be a convert, but I'm going to preach anyway.

Green smoothies are the bomb. Apart from being quick and easy, they are nutritional powerhouses, packed with tons of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They're also a great way to get your daily intake of veggies without realizing it. Most people enjoy the taste of fruit, but vegetables, eh... Many have trouble getting their daily intake of veggies, and green smoothies provide a healthy dose of leafy vegetables, while masking the taste with the flavor of fruit and nut butter.

Additionally, if you're trying to lose weight or detox, green smoothies are a great option, because they are low in calories, but high in fiber and therefore, very filling.

Okay enough with the lecture, I'm guessing you want to know what green smoothies taste like. Sure they're healthy, but are they yummy? I'll be real with you, green smoothies do not taste like milkshakes. They are not a treat that you look forward to breaking out for lunch (at least, not at first), but with the right combination of fruit and nut butter, they can be pretty tasty. I've found that the keys to a yummy green smoothie are:
  1. Use a ripe banana, green bananas are great for eating, but they are not sweet enough to counteract the strong flavor of kale.
  2. Use a tasty nut butter, I like using Justin's Maple Almond Butter, because it has a delicious and distinct flavor that comes through in the smoothie. I've also used peanut butter flavor with honey. If you're using plain peanut or almond butter, and you're concerned about the taste, try using vanilla flavored almond milk, or adding a little extra banana or honey.
So if you're a green smoothie veteran or a newbie, get yo green on and give this recipe a whirl (you can reward yourself with a brownie later. Kidding! But not really...).

Bon appetit!

Super Green Smoothie
Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies
1 c baby spinach, packed
1 c kale, removed from stem and coarsely chopped, or 1 cup of baby kale, packed
1 1/2 c almond milk
1 frozen banana, sliced into 1-inch sections
1 tbsp natural almond or peanut butter, I used Justin's Maple Almond Butter
1-2 tsp honey
1 tbsp green powder such as Trader Joe's Very Green Dietary Supplement

My absolute favorite product!

Combine spinach, kale and almond milk in a blender and blend until no large pieces remain.

Add banana, nut butter, honey and green powder and blend until smooth.

Source: Joy the Baker Cookbook

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