A way to hide those greens, minus the banana!
Good morning! To kick off this Wednesday I wanted to give you a quick and easy way to start your day via the kale shake. Now I know that green smoothies are about as ubiquitous as salads and avocado toast at your local healthy dining establishment. However, I thought it would be worthwhile to share my personal favorite combination as well as a formula so that you can make your own delicious, green creations at home. Also to note, I truly do not like bananas – I mean they are okay when made into yummy baked goods (i.e. cookies, breads, muffins, etc), but I despise consuming them plain or in my smoothies. I believe it is something about the texture. Regardless I wanted to share with you a version that lacks banana as almost every menu I have seen puts the yellow fruit in their green shakes. This recipe is perfect for any fellow banana haters out there who still want to sneak in some daily greens or really just anyone looking to mix up their go-to combination.
Green smoothies are a wonderful option for those who are always on the go, and/or don’t have time to sit down and consume a breakfast or lunch full of vegetables. These drinks allow you to get in a plethora of daily nutrients and vitamins without sacrificing taste as the fruits and other add ins work to mask that earthy, bitter flavor. Also, making them at home saves you a ton of time and money. When I was younger, my mom and I were obsessed with going to the Farmer’s Market for our weekly kale shake fix – now that I make them at home, I’ve recognized all the advantages such as being able to completely tailor the taste to my liking and not paying $10 a pop for a small.
A few things to note, if you enjoy making smoothies at home, I do think it is worthwhile to invest in a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. They are expensive, but in my opinion worth it due to all the money you will save by not going to a store to buy a smoothie of the same quality. I also suggest using frozen fruit and greens where possible. Not only are they less expensive at the grocery store, they will not go to waste in your fridge. Additionally, frozen fruit helps cool down the smoothie and thicken it – you won’t have to add ice, which can lead to weird, less consistent smoothies. Finally, the recipe laid out below is merely a suggestion with the flavors that I prefer. In general if you just stick to the 2-1.5-2 formula, you can mix and match any fruits and veg that you like! (2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups frozen fruit, 1.5 cup liquid, + additional add ins – superfoods, nut butters etc). I hope you enjoy!
- 2 cups leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard etc.)
- 1.5 cups liquid* (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, hemp milk, soy milk)
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1.5 T almond butter
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional and to taste)
- Optional add-ins (spirulina powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, maca powder)
- Toppings: pinch cinnamon, berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, vanilla powder
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender, starting with the frozen ingredients towards the bottom, and blend on medium speed until creamy and smooth in texture.
- Pour into glasses and feel free to top however you like!