02-11-2014

Green Smoothie Recipes *Updated*

I love green smoothies. What a great way to get in your greens without tasting them. For someone who hasn’t tried one before, sure, they may look gross, but I’m serious – you can’t really taste the veggies!

green smoothie recipes

One of my first posts was a list of my favorite green smoothie recipes. Most of these used only water, vegetables and a piece of fruit. Recently, I’ve been adding protein powder to my smoothies, while my mom has been using greek yogurt. Both are good if you want a protein shake AND a green smoothie ;)

Here are some of those veggie/fruit only smoothies (which are still delicious by the way):

Very Berry

  • handful of kale (or spinach)
  • 3-4 pieces of celery
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1/2 a banana

Simple Smoothie

  • 1 apple
  • handful of baby carrots

Current Favs

Here are my go-to smoothies (play around with measurements because it depends on how much you want):

All-Time Favorite Smoothie

Seriously tastes like a PB & Banana smoothie.

  • Water
  • Almond milk
  • Ice
  • Spinach/kale
  • Banana
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional – I use Vega Vanilla)

Cold-Buster

Okay, this one you will probably taste some of the greens…

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Spinach/kale
  • Crushed garlic
  • Tiny bit of ginger
  • Add fruit of your choice

Strawberry-Banana

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Almond Milk
  • Spinach/kale
  • 1/2 banana
  • Strawberries
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

A Little More Green

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Almond milk
  • Spinach/kale
  • 1/4-1/2 cucumber (depending on how much you want)
  • Strawberries (or your favorite berry)

Tips For Concocting Your Own Green Smoothie

If you want to experiment with making your recipes, here are a few tips:

  1. If you’re a beginner, use spinach instead of kale. It will be less green tasting, and once you acquire the taste for green smoothies, you can throw in kale (and other veggies) and it won’t taste as strong as the first time you try one.
  2. Just experiment with different combos. I found that I really like a carrots and apple combo, or a banana and PB combo. Some people like oranges or mangoes (never tried it myself), so it all depends on your taste. Try different fruits and veggies and see what you like!
  3. Use a high powered blender. I can’t afford a Vitamix right now, but I have a Ninja, which works really well. I never have chunks in my smoothie like when I used my Magic Bullet.
  4. Don’t put in the protein powder first (in your blender). I have found that when I do that and then add water, the powder gets stuck to the bottom, even if I blend it for a while.

Recently, I’ve been having a green smoothie most days. Like I said, it’s such an easy way to get in your greens and some protein too!

Do you like green smoothies?

Which of these have you tried/want to try?

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06-28-2013

My Favorite Healthy Recipes

Happy Friday everyone! One more week until 4th of July weekend! Who’s got any exciting/fun plans?

Today, I wanted to write about my favorite recipes that I have blogged about individually before, but you may have missed. A lot of recipes I have posted are things I make on a regular basis and love to eat…so why not share? :)

Let’s jump right into it!

{Protein Pancakes}

As you know, I made this recently and LOVE it. SO fluffy and delicious.

{Taco Salad}

This is a weekly staple for us and so quick & easy to make. You can add so many different toppings and try to make your own Chipotle burrito bowl ;)

{Chicken Mozzarella with Spinach & Chickpeas}

Another staple…and another quick one to make. It’s delicious with the cheese melted on top and with spinach or mixed greens. I had this yesterday actually, but had cannelini beans instead of chickpeas…you could use whatever you want as toppings!

{Green Smoothie}

This is my go-to smoothie recipe. I use water or almond milk, spinach or kale, whatever fruit I have, and almond butter. Soooo delicious and creamy!

{Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf}

I actually haven’t made this in a while but I need to start again! A great, healthy variation to normal meatloaf.

Do you have a favorite recipe? A go-to? Please share, I love trying new recipes!

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