The Green Monster
I swore I’d never in my life drink a green smoothie, but this one changed my mind. First of all, if I ate all the green veggies I’m supposed to eat for fiber, minerals and nutrients that I need on a daily basis, I’d be #1 sick and tired of eating them the first day, and #2 tired of chewing!
I found that it’s easier to throw them in with some fruit, like an apple or banana, a touch of honey if you prefer and be enjoy the benefits in a smoothie. Vegetables are high in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. If the vegetables are pureed so that the fiber is still intact, they will help fill you up, and that is no lie! The first one I made and enjoyed kept me completely full for hours.
I’d say add whatever you have at home, and I used about 1/4 of an avocado, 2 cups fresh spinach, a small gala apple, cored, 1 T. chia seeds, and then about 1/2 cup of more of unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk.
Increased fruit and vegetable consumption helps keep your body in optimum health. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as some of the compounds found in certain foods help protect your body against disease. The chia seeds are high in fiber, and they also contain essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid; mucin; strontium’ vitamins A, B, E and D; and minerals, including sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine; and they’re a rich source of antioxidants. Be careful because they may upset your tummy or give you gas if you aren’t used to eating them. Start slowly and see how your body reacts.
- 1 small cored apple (I used gala)
- 1/4 peeled and pitted avocado
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (I used vanilla flavored and used a little more to thin it out)
- Place all in a blender and process on high-I used a Nutri Ninja, and it only takes about 30 seconds.
- You could, of course, add banana, pear instead of apple, leave out the chia seeds and adapt it to what you have on hand