My morning routine goes something like this: Wake up, make myself a glass of green tea with freshly squeezed lemon juice, get in the car, take my son to school, come home and make a green smoothie. Making my morning smoothie is one of my favorite activities. I feel like I’m a scientist in a lab. I never quite know what I will put in my blender until I open my fridge. I never know how it will taste or what color green (or in the case of using beets and blueberries, what color, period) it will turn out. I just know that it will contain some sort of green veggie and a bit of fruit and that I will probably be drinking two servings.
And everyday I create something new, I think to myself, “I should post this recipe!” And I go to take a picture…and it doesn’t look very appetizing…it just looks…green…I get very discouraged and I don’t post anything at all about my wonderful creation. So I’ve decided that I just won’t take pictures of them. The smoothie to the right is not mine, but if you can picture that same one on a black desk…then you have already seen what I am drinking at this moment.
I will however, share with you the recipe that I am happily sipping on. It took a couple tries to get it right, I had to remix it a couple times because the first two tries were a bit unpalatable, even for me. All of the ingredients are organic. When eating things raw you not only get more nutrients, but you also get a concentration of pesticides if you are buying non organic. Of course, do what your budget can afford. Things like avocado and mango, with a thick skin, have very low rates of pesticides in them.
The beauty smoothie with Pistachios
- 2 collard green leaves
- 1/3 cup of Broccoli
- 1 green apple
- 2 tbls curly parsley
- 1 cup hemp milk
- 1 cup rice milk
- 10 shelled pistachios (raw)
- 1 banana
- 1 red mango
- 2 dashes of stevia
- 1 large carrot
- 4 tbls hemp protein powder
blend altogether in a high speed blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Enjoy!
Adding herbs to your smoothies is an excellent idea, but be careful not to add too much or it will overpower your drink. Raw parsley, broccoli and collards are full of vitamins such as vitamin A , which is known as the beauty vitamin, keeping skin, hair and nails healthy,and promoting eye health. Other vitamins are Vitamin K (which is needed to help absorb other vitamins and keeps our blood clotting) , folate (vital for pregnant women and …well everyone else), and B-vitamins. Pistachios are very high in antioxidants, and they even help maintain weight….the list goes on and on. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really like to go into the details of the vitamins and minerals because THEY ARE ALL VITAL AND GOOD FOR YOU. You can’t eat a piece of fruit and think, “oh man, I shouldn’t have had that last grape.” It just doesn’t happen. You should just know that if it came from the ground, it has something in it that is going to do something helpful in your body. Unless its oil…or uranium…or lava… LOL okay, so maybe not everything that comes from the ground is good for you. But I think you get my point.
Don’t be afraid to add whatever you have on hand to your smoothies. Be your own mad scientist, get creative, and have fun! You might just invent the best smoothie ever.
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