Basics: Green Smoothie

Hello again!

I'm so excited about this series that it's hard to contain my excitement. It's tempting to publish multiple posts in one day because I have so much great information I want to share with you!

As promised in my Basics: Breakfast post, my Basic Green Smoothie is up next. 

I love starting my morning out with a quick green smoothie. Googling green smoothie recipes can be overwhelming and intimidating. Rather than giving you a recipe, I prefer to call this a formula. Once you know the consistency you prefer in your smoothie, it's easy to change up the ingredients in this basic formula and always have a smoothie ready to make. Often times, I clean out the veggie drawer with any mild-tasting veggies I have and throw them in my smoothie. 

I have my green smoothie as an "appetizer" to my breakfast. It's something to get me going in the morning without taking a lot of time to make. If you plan to have it as your breakfast or in place of another meal, be sure add in some of the optional add-ins to for some protein and healthy fat to keep you more satisfied. 

If you over-buy spinach and think it is going to go bad before you use it, stick it in the freezer. It will no longer be good to eat raw (except for in a smoothie), but works just great in smoothies, soups, and other cooked dishes. 

You can make a big batch of smoothies and keep them in the fridge for two days or store them, covered, in the freezer. Thaw it in the fridge the night before or let it thaw on your way to work. 

Green Smoothie Basics List

Spinach (preferably organic)

Banana

Frozen fruit (any kind works here; preferably organic; my favorites are mango, berries, cherries, peaches)

Choice of liquid: water, unsweetened almond milk, 100% fruit juice, coconut water, other unsweetened nondairy milk

Optional add-ins: nut butter, hemp seeds, avocado, oatmeal, chia seeds, flax seeds, oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, turmeric

Optional veggies: kale, swiss chard, carrots celery, cucumber, zucchini

Optional liquids: water, unsweetened almond milk, 100% fruit juice, coconut water

Basic Green Smoothie Formula

Makes approximately 2 cups

1 cup liquid (see options above; add additional liquid if you want it thinner and less liquid if you want it thicker)

1/2 banana

2 big handfuls spinach, or more

1/2 cup frozen fruit

Optional veggies (see list above)

Optional add-ins (see list above)

1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until smooth and creamy.