I’m not really going to profess any resolutions. I try to be the best person I can be (most of the time); I try to eat well and local (most of the time); we cancelled our gym membership (because we didn’t go most of the time). I do want to eat more greens and fruits. It just happened that a Simple Green Smoothie Challenge started on New Year’s Day.
It really is simple: leafy greens, fruit and a liquid base. Some additional boosts, if you want, but that’s it. You don’t even need a super-duper blender. The key is to blend the leafy greens with the liquid first. If you want your family to join you, what better way to hide spinach? I just wish I could hide the green color from them…
Having frozen fruit on hand gives the smoothie a nice cold finish. And at this time of the year — at least in New England — we don’t have lots of fresh, local fruit to choose from. I bought a bunch of organic bananas, peeled them, cut each into four and immediately tossed them into a freezer bag. I’ve got frozen blueberries, pineapple and raspberries, too.
We’ve all heard, over and over, how good dark leafy greens are for you: minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, etc. All good things to help boost your immune system and overall health. And who knows, perhaps help to keep life-threatening diseases at bay.
The smoothies aren’t meant to replace a meal. However, if you want to lose a few pounds try one as a meal and one as a snack. If you use one to replace a meal, be certain to include healthy fats and protein.
Week One’s shopping list basically includes everything I either had on hand, buy from my farmers market or buy organic versions from my local grocery store: from bananas and pears to spinach and kale to almond milk to almond butter and coconut.
My concern about creating good smoothies was not having a Vitamix-type blender. The gals from Simple Green Smoothies put me at ease. While not all of the vegetable or fruit pulp is “smooth” I know I’m drinking valuable
My smoothie-of-the-day today is Almond Joy. Enjoy!
What you need:
- 2 c fresh kale, stems removed, chopped
- 2 c almond milk
- 1 banana, frozen ad chopped
- 2 pears, ripe, peeled, cored and chopped (if you have a Vitamix-type blender, don’t worry about peeling or coring!)
- 2 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tbs cacao powder
- 1 tbs almond butter
What you do:
- In blender add kale and almond milk.
- Blend until mixture is a green and juice-like consistency.
- Add banana, pears, coconut, cacao and almond butter to blender.
- Blend until mixed and creamy*.
*Remember, depending on the type of blender you have the end result may not be completely smooth.