My Morning Green Smoothie

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My absolute favorite way to start my mornings is with a fresh, green smoothie.  It doesn’t always happen, but when it does I feel amazing, invigorated, light, full of energy… you get the idea.  And my day automatically starts off on a good note.

Below is a green smoothie recipe that generally works without fail. I am currently saving up for a Vitamix, but my 40 dollar Black & Decker blender from Target works just fine.  So don’t think you need a fancy blender to make green smoothies!

Morning Green Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 handful’s of spinach or kale

1 apple (cored and sliced)

1 ripe banana

Juice of half a lemon

1-2 Tbsp of fresh ginger

1 cup of filtered water

sprinkle of stevia (optional)

Ice cubes to taste
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.  It’s sometimes easier to add the spinach and water first and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Add ice cubes and blend again until it reaches your desired consistency.  I’m sure if you have a Vitamix you can just hit “blend”!

Tip: For smoothies, you can actually blend them the night before and they are good for 48 hours (this is not the same with green juices!).  If you’re going to blend the smoothie the night before you can leave out the ice cubes and just use the water as it will be in the fridge over night and will be nice and cold in the morning.  I just add the ice cubes when I’m going to drink the smoothie immediately as I like my green smoothies super cold.

Hope you enjoy! I got my brother and dad drinking these on a daily basis and they are NOT veggie people! I’d love to hear about your green smoothie recipes and experiences below!

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Hidden Spinach Smoothie

Lately I’ve been craving something sweet after my workouts.  And I’ve also been on a mission to incorporate more greens into my diet. So to satisfy both of these desires I’ve created this little cup of joy, my Hidden Spinach Smoothie. It’s thick and creamy, tastes sweet but still provides you with a serving of veggies.  I dream about it while I’m working out.

Ingredients:

1 Cup almond milk

4 dates (you could also substitute a very ripe banana)

1 big handful of spinach

1 tsp stevia or sweetener of your choice (optional)

1 serving vanilla protein powder ( I like all natural vanilla rice protein)

3/4 Cup pineapple

Directions:

Blend and devour immediately!

Tip: Feel free to substitute pineapple with mango or papaya.  I’ve found tropical fruits work the best for this smoothie.  How do you incorporate greens into your diet? Let me know below!

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