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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Green mornings

I've taken to drinking green smoothies in the morning.

Now before you immediately stop reading because the thought of blending up vegetables and drinking them through a straw revolts you, hear me out.  I use a recipe from Kimberly Snyder's website, and it's pretty frickin delicious.  Tastes a whole lot more like banana than grass.

I started green-smoothie-ing last summer when I realized I didn't always feel great after eating breakfast.  I wanted something filling, easy to digest, healthy, and preferably dairy-free.  This smoothie was the answer!  And it fits right into my October Unprocessed endeavor.  I've made a few modifications to Kimberly's recipe, aka a little less lettuce and the addition of protein, which adds to the filling factor.  Here's what you'll need:

8oz Water
1 Romaine Heart
2 Handfuls Spinach leaves
3 Celery Stalks
1 Apple
1 Pear (I've used a few strawberries here instead)
1 Banana
Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
4 Tbs Ground Flaxseed
4 Tbs Green SuperFoods Protein Powder*
Blend water, romaine and spinach until smooth.**  And in celery and blend until smooth.  Add in apple and pear and blend until smooth.  (Catching on yet?)  Add banana and lemon juice and...all together now...blend until smooth.  Add flax and SuperFoods powder and blend until smooth.

This makes enough for two BIG servings.  Extra can be stored in the fridge until the next day or put it in the freezer for a few days and then allow to thaw overnight in the fridge.  You may have to stir it up after removing from fridge as the juices separate.

*My friend Justin's company makes this SuperFoods powder.  All natural, chock full of a crazy amount of vitamins and minerals, and you can buy it with or without protein (whey protein).  Check it out.  Justin's strong enough to drink it straight with just water.  I have to mask the green flavor by putting it in smoothies.

**This "until smooth" is verrrrry important.  You will not like the smoothie if it's chunky, so hopefully you have a pretty high powered, awesome blender.  Try a food processor instead if you don't have a blender.

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1 comment:

Taryn said...

Ok I wanna try it! I've been doing almond milk, protein power, strawberries and dates but strawberry season is ending and I need something new so I don't get bored! When I come to LA in a couple weeks you're gonna have to lead me to this powder stuff.