Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Go Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are all the rage in the health food community and there are just about a million variations. However, for those who are new to smoothies this can be overwhelming. So where is a good place to start? We are sharing a basic recipe for a green smoothie that everyone will love and is full of nutrition. It is Lisa's go to recommendation for people new to the healthy smoothie world. Even kids will approve of this drink and it is an easy way to sneak some greens into their diet.  It's great for a quick breakfast or a quick energy burst any time of day.

Super Food Ingredients 

By now we have all heard that kale is a Super food and though it may have been trendy for a while it is a green that is here to stay. And here is why...kale is high in fiber, calcium, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. In fact, 1 cup contains 5 grams of fiber which is more than a serving of oat bran cereal while only having 43 calories.

Almonds contain protein, monounsaturated fat, and vitamin E. They help to stabilize blood sugar and help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Raw almonds are recommended and are generally easier to digest. 1/4 cup of almonds provides over 7 grams of protein, more than one egg.

Blueberries are high in phytonutrients, antioxidants, and help to stabilize blood sugar levels.

Bananas are high in potassium and iron.

Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt (unsweetened) contains protein and is high in probiotics, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and b vitamins.

Photo Credit: Michael Theriault and Megan Theriault 

1 handful of kale
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup unsweetened non diary milk 
1/4 cup of raw almonds or 6 oz of unsweetened Greek yogurt (or both)
3 ice cubes


1- Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy ( we recommend a high quality blender like the Nutri-bullet or Vitamix to thoroughly liquefy ingredients)

Yours in Health & Happiness,

Lisa and Nichole

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