This wonderfully satisfying smoothie is a part of my "Eating For Your Best Self" program!
Drinking your greens in a smoothie is an easy and digestible way to get many of the green vegetables you need daily to energize and recharge your body. Consuming nutritional powerhouses like dark leafy greens is also key to losing weight and detoxifying your body. You can make this in the morning and sip it all day or drink the leftovers the next morning. The vitamins and mineral won’t be as potent on Day 2, but you will still get an energy boost from this. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, you can omit a piece of fruit or use different greens or herbs and it will still taste great. Play around and find a green smoothie that works for you. For example, you can add ginger to this one to boost your immune system.
1 ripe banana, peeled and broken into pieces
1 medium apple, cored and cut into chunks
1 ripe pear, cored and cut into chunks
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp of chia seeds plus 1 tbsp hemp seeds, OR 1 scoop unsweetened, unflavored pea/rice/hemp protein powder, i.e. Vega One, Navitas Naturals
2-3 cups water
3-4 small lettuce or spinach leaves, rinsed
3-4 small kale leaves, rinsed and torn
1⁄4 cup fresh parsley leaves
2-4 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
For the kale, use one hand to hold the stalk of an individual leaf, rib side up. Use the other hand to strip the leaf off the stalk with one quick motion. Tear the kale leaves into large pieces.
Place the banana pieces, apple chunks, pear chunks, lemon juice,, protein powder, and water into the blender. Blend on high, stopping as needed to push the fruit down.
Then add the spinach , kale, parsley, and mint leaves. Blend again until very smooth. Add more water if needed and blend until completely smooth and brilliant green.
"Eating For Your Best Self" program by Evey Schweig and Mary Ellen Zung; Photo credit: green smoothie by Stacy via Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/notahipster/8761977445/in/faves-108064068@N08/