Green (and one not so green) smoothies

I’m going to share a delicious green smoothie recipe that is a great way to start your morning!  Kale and broccoli are super foods, very high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  You can get  creative, but try to limit your fruits so that your blood sugar does not spike.  I prefer to make smoothies over juicing, though I own both a vitamix and juicer, because keeping the produce whole retains all the fiber that aids in digestion and keeps us fuller longer.  Also, the fiber keeps us from getting a rush of sugar, which keeps our blood sugar at normal levels, reducing cravings later in the day.

Makes 2 servings:

Not-another-Green Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups pure coconut water
  • 5 kale leaves with stems
  • 1 handful of baby spinach (about 1 cup)
  • 1 peeled kiwi
  • 20 green grapes
  • 1 lime peeled
  • 1/2 cup of diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cucumber with the skin on

Mix all in a blender until smooth (I use a vitamix, so I no longer need a toothpick after I’m done with my breakfast!  It helps to have a really good high speed blender), drink and enjoy!  For extra protein, you can add a serving of protein powder, my favorite is organic hemp protein.  It has less protein then whey or soy but it is easier to digest.

Creamy green smoothie:
Makes 2 Servings

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 kale leaves with stem
  • 1 bunch of broccoli florets
  • 1 red apple
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 large leaves green cabbage
  • 4 tbls hemp protein powder
Mix all in a blender until smooth
For a smoothie that’s just as good, but less green:
 Sweet Beet and blueberry Smoothie:
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 peeled red beet
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 pear
  • 1 peeled frozen banana (I peel and freeze them ahead of the time)
  • 1 peeled carrot (if its organic you can skip peeling for added nutrients)
  • 6 kale leaves
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 4 tbls hemp protein powder
Mix all in a blender until smooth
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