Green smoothies are all the bomb right now! I started making them right after I got my Vitamix (6 years years ago now) before I was a little apprehensive to make them in my little ol’ blender! Scared that the spinach would get stuck and end up as a chunk in my mouth (yuke, heaven forbid I get a spinach chunk), or worse, that the blender would explode or something! I know, I know, pretty irrational right!?
You can actually make these delicious smoothies no matter what type of blender. My sister makes them in her Oster and it works just fine. It may take a few blends with adjustments but it works! (no explosions and no chunks). Tip: blend liquids with greens first, then add frozen items.
Delicious you say? Yep! They really are!
Now I am going to be honest, the idea of it at first was, stomach turning to say the least!
I first heard about green smoothies from Diana Stobo’s youtube videos. After we got our Vitamix my husband was super excited to pretty much blend anything and everything in the HIGH POWER blender. He highly enjoyed the green smoothies. I on the other hand took a little time to convince my mind that it was “ok” to drink veggies all blended up! Once I got over the initial reaction of horror, and I really started to drink them (not just pretend to, haha!) my body started wanting more, and more!
Now I need to have a green smoothie a few times a week, if not everyday. It has made a world of a difference in my over all health, energy and crabbiness! That is right, I am so much less irritable and snappy! Just ask my husband! ????
So give the green smoothie a whirl! It might take a few tries but I promise you it will change your life!
What you will need:
- 2-4 large kale leafs (make sure to alternate your greens)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- 1 tbs hemp or coconut oil
- dash of cinnamon
- 1-2 tbs chia seeds
- 2 tbs flax seed
- 1 tsp wheatgrass powder or a super greens supplement
It is always important to pair a good fat source such as flax seed, hemp oil, coconut oil, or avocado to be combined with your greens in order to aid your body in proper digestion of the minerals and vitamins in the dark leafy greens. You may also try other milks, such as almond or hemp milk (homemade is best — store bought, even organic is full of nasty ingredients!) I would be cautious about adding dairy (organic milk, yogurt, or kefir) to any smoothies in combination with fruit. If you do add milk, RAW milk or raw kefir from grassfed cows is by far the most healthy for you! (we avoid processed dairy in this house).
According to Dr. Herbert M. Shelton, the leading expert on food combining, different types of foods digest using different enzymes and acidity/alkaline levels. Fruit digests very quickly through the body and when it is pared improperly it will sit in the stomach, ferment, and cause indigestion and gas. If you are someone who is a frequent sufferer of these things you may want to take note of the food combinations and avoid combinations that upset your stomach. If your stomach is rarely bothered and you want to put organic dairy products in your smoothies than by all means give it a go!
- place all ingredients into a blender and blend
This recipe makes enough for you to enjoy a large heaping glass for yourself, and some leftover for lunch if you wish, or feel free to share with a friend, or store in the fridge for later in the day.
Enjoy! As always eat well & be merry,