Sometimes it can be hard to eat healthy. Especially for someone who is super busy, taking the time to eat vegetables can seem like a chore and often, we just want to fill ourselves up with calories and get on with our day. We don’t want to take 20 more minutes to eat a big salad.. Having a green smoothie is an easy way to fix this problem!
Now I’m not talking about a fruit smoothie with a small amount of spinach in it like you would get at a smoothie bar. I’m talking about a liquid salad that might not taste like a strawberry daiquiri but delivers maximum nutritional value. Now fruit smoothies are delicious, I have nothing against them, but when maximum nutrition is the goal, they probably aren’t the best option.
If you’ve never made a green smoothie before and aren’t confident enough to give it a try on your own, there are plenty of recipes all over the internet that will probably give you a delicious, fruit heavy concoction. I encourage you to check them out and give them a try! Personally, I like to get a few servings of greens in without a lot of sugar. I’ve also found that it doesn’t really matter what you put in the blender, it can always be good.
If you’re looking for a recipe, here’s my recipe:
- 1 piece of fruit or 1/2 cup berries/grapes
- 2 large leaves of kale
- 1 large leaf of swiss chard
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 5” piece of cucumber
- 1 flip phone size piece of ginger
- A few cloves of garlic
- 3 cups of water
This is similar to what I have most days. The word large is ambiguous; the greens take up about 2/3 of my vitamix. If you want it to taste better, add another piece of fruit. If it’s too spicy, cut back on the garlic/ginger. If you want it to be somewhat of a meal replacement, add some hemp seeds/protein powder, flax or cricket flour to the mix.
You can switch up the recipe pretty much any way you like and I find that it tastes fine. You can use pretty much any kind of fruit and any kind of dark leafy green, although lettuce is probably not the best option. If you are going to be around people within the next few hours, I would also suggest omitting the garlic just to be polite.
So there you go! A liquid salad. An easy way to get your greens for the day. Don’t be shy, just get it in ya! You will feel energized and ready to conquer the day. Do you currently drink green smoothies? Let me know your favourites in the comments.