One of my goals recently is to eat more veggies. I had heard of “Green Smoothies” in the past and I thought I would give them a try. At first, I was hesitant… Spinach or Kale in a smoothie? Could that taste good? I was surprised! They not only taste good I really love them. Green smoothies have become a daily habit for me. I’ve been having them for breakfast almost every day and they really keep me filled up.
Below is my recipe for our favorite Green Smoothies. The great thing about this recipe is that there is a lot of room for substitutions and changes (I’ve listed several after the recipe)
1 large handful for fresh (preferably organic) Kale
1/2 – 1 cup frozen berries – I used blueberries
1 whole banana fresh or frozen
1/2 – 1 cup water
1/2 cup keifr – It’s full of active probiotics so it’s great for your digestion. It also adds a smooth creamy texture. You could also use yogurt.
1 TBS Coconut oil – for the health benefit.
First you want to remove the tough stem of the kale – honestly I never use a knife, I just rip it off by hand after I rinse the kale in the sink.
I use a wide mouth mason jar to mix my smoothies up in. I don’t own a blender but have an immersion blender that I use daily. I usually add some liquid first, this helps everything to blend well and chunks of banana or berries don’t get suck on the bottom.
Next throw in your kale or spinach.
Next add your berries and bananas.
Next I add a spoonful of coconut oil. I’ve been recently reading how great coconut oil is for your health and that it can help in weight loss. We have been using coconut oil for most of our cooking.
Turn on your blender, or grab your immersion blender and have at it! It only takes me a minute to whip everything together! You can add water if you would like to thin out your smoothie more. I usually use water if I’m using frozen bananas because it gets quite thick,
This photo shows you one of the reasons I love using a masons jar. It fits perfectly and there is no splatter from the blender! The mason jar makes a great drinking glass when it’s all whipped up.
Grab your toddler’s twirly straw and enjoy!
- Mixed Berries
- Apples and pears taste great together – and your smoothie will truly be GREEN my kids love it this way.
The green stuff
The Green Stuff:
Notes for Making the Perfect Green Smoothie
- Try it! even if it sounds really gross to you, give it a try. You’ll be surprised. You may even love it!
- You can cut calories by using water. Especially if you freeze your bananas you don’t need the creamy Keifer, milk, or yogurt.
- Add in’s: You can add in ground flaxseed, other oils, nuts, etc.
- The one suggestion I will give you is to try making them with kale FIRST. I tried spinach first and they were really bitter. Once I switched to using kale I could tell a big difference.
I’d love to know what you think if you try these or if you already drink green smoothies what do you put in your! Let me know, leaving a comment is easy and I love hearing from you!