I CHALLENGE YOU TO MAKE GREEN SMOOTHIES!Essentially a green smoothie is a fruit smoothie with green leafy vegetables blended in. You get all the nutritious qualities of the leafy greens, but the sweet taste of the fruit makes it extremely palatable.
If you follow me on facebook you already know that my boyfriend and I are having a Green Smoothie Challenge. The rules: To drink a green smoothie 5 mornings out of the week.
To gain energy, loose extra belly weight, get glowing skin, hydrate & alkalize our insides and to feed our bodies with TONS of nutrition. I wanted to prove to him that he WILL feel a difference once he added green smoothies into his life. He always looked at me funny when I attempted to explain how I felt after drinking a green juice or smoothie. I always would proclaim the energy I had, or how I felt that all of my cells were dancing with joy from the greens I was feeding it. Ok, I admit that may sound a little exaggerated to someone who doesn't know the feeling....BUT IT'S TRUE! That's how I feel & I'll be darned to tell you that my boyfriend admitted to me a secret after a week and a half of continuous morning smoothies....he feels CLEAN inside, LIGHTER, HEALTHIER! Do you know how big a smile I had on my face when he told me this?
I am super proud of him for drinking these smoothies. A meat and potato kinda guy who wouldn't go near kale is now drinking it first thing in the morning. I'm so excited I even bought him his own blue glass straw :) He deserves it.
I now know the green smoothies are getting to his head because he requested we go to my favorite Vegetarian restaurant so he could get a veggie burger because he was really craving one. You don't have to ask me twice! I ordered my favorite stew that consisted of kale, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, & tofu over mashed potatoes, smothered in a flavorful brown gravy. MMMM....MMMM.
I have so many smoothie recipes that I have been sharing on facebook and I plan to make a smoothie category up top with recipes soon. For now I want to highlight our favorite combination!
Tropical Green Mango Colada
2-3 cups of organic kale
1 fresh mango, diced
1 cup frozen pineapple (I get mine from Trader Joes)
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp Maca powder
2 cups or more coconut water (depending on how thick or watery you like it)
1 tablespoon coconut oil or flax oil
Vanilla Sunwarrior Protein Powder, or protein of choice
Blend and enjoy.
- You can add Chlorella or Spurilna powder for added protein.
- You can use almond milk instead of coconut water but coconut water is so good for you! (read why)
- Instead of kale you can use baby spinach, which will taste more subtle and sweet.
- The Maca powder sweetens it up a bit with its nutty maple flavor, but feel free to add vanilla stevia or vanilla extract if you do not have Maca.
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I bought a few samples of Amazing Grass Amazing Meal & love them! Perfect to add to smoothies.
I have lots of good eats and recipes to share in my upcoming blog posts, so stay tuned!