Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my goals during this pregnancy and for the year is to eat more fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of homemade meals around here, but I don't usually think through hearty sides or make adding healthy vegetables a priority. One way I've been sneaking veggies into our diet ((and have been since Knox started solid foods)) is throwing kale and/or spinach into our ((almost)) daily smoothies. It's a super easy way to add in some greens without changing the taste of an afternoon treat. The best way I've found to do this is to buy a big spinach and/or kale mix container at costco or Whole Foods and freeze it (you can divide it up into freezer bags if you want, I usually don't). This way, you always have greens on hand and don't have to worry about them going bad.

I saw a comment on instagram that said they use a green juice as their base and thats something I never thought of. Brilliant! I made a winner of a smoothie this week using some green monster naked juice and produce I purchased at Whole Foods and thought I should share it with you. You could also use some of their fresh pressed juices, but they're not pasteurized and it made this preggo nervous.

1/4 cup Green Monster Naked Juice
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup spinach or spinach/kale mix 
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut Greek Yogurt (good flavor and great source of protein)
1 banana 
(optional: ice)

Add ingredients to blender and blend on low for 60 seconds or high for 30 seconds, depending on your blender. This makes enough for two smoothies. 

Now, I like my smoothies more on the juice side than on the thick Jamba Juice side. You can alter this to your preferences. 

What other greens do you throw in? I saw a green drink the other day that had parsley in it. Made me wonder what other green veggies could be thrown in undisguised. 



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  2. Our favorite is frozen banana, kale/spinach, almond milk, and natural nut butter. (Almost) tastes like a peanut butter milkshake. Congrats on the pregnancy!

    1. oooo! i would love a peanut butter milkshake. i've never made a savory smoothie- maybe that will be my next venture!

  3. My absolute favorite smoothie is my "PB&J"

    Spinach (a hearty handful)
    1 frozen banana
    3/4 cup frozen cherries
    2 tbsp peanut butter (I alternate the real stuff and PB2 depending on my calorie intake for the day)
    1/2 cup pure apple juice
    I throw in a tablespoon of chia seeds when I have them on hand as well

    It tastes exactly like a good ol' PB&J sammy and is packed with protein with only 400 calories

  4. My favorite right now is one banana, a handful of ice, almond milk and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter. SOO good.

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