Perfect Easy Green Smoothie

This is a really nice and easy way to get your greens.

Fill your blender or Nutri Bullet in this order

8oz oz of plain Nut or Seed Milk- (home made almond Milk recipe below)* If you do not have nut or seed milk you can sub water.  I add coconut oil when I do that to make it creamier

I small handful of ice

1 large hand full of Baby Spinach.  Baby spinach can spoil quickly so I usually buy it fresh and then put it straight in my freezer so I always have it for smoothies.  Spinach is one of my favorite greens to use because it adds a bit of thickness, is easy to blend and doesn't have a strong taste in smoothies.  Of course, spinach is high in fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron,magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

1 small grab of green swiss chard- You can freeze this as well.  I tend to go light with chard as it can be a bit bitter for some people.  

1/2 - 1  Full frozen banana (  Frozen bananas will give you a better texture for your smoothies.  Take ripe bananas thinly slice them and keep in your freezer, so you have them available for smoothies.  This is also a good way to keep from wasting over ripe bananas. Ripe bananas and fruits in general are more easily digested than unripe).

1/4 of an avocado or a table spoon of coconut oil or butter -(these help to give it a nice creamy texture and load with with great sources of fat)

Fun options or add ins:

*optional 1 teaspoon of cacao powder

*optional 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 

*adaptogens or protein powders are good as well

Blend for  about 1 minute, until smooth.  The more you blend the less thick it will be.  If you don't like a thicker smoothie, use less avocado.

Home Made Almond Milk

Photo John Von Pamer 

Photo John Von Pamer 

 

Recipe from my book  Juice It, Blend It, Live It: Over 50 Easy Recipes to Energize, Detox, and Nourish Your Mind and Body

Nut and seek milks are so easy to make at home. Delicious as a base in your smoothies or cereal, or even on their own, they're full of protein and fiber. The ones in stores contain extra additives,- none of that here. It's time to finally start making it yourself.

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut
  • palm sugar
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 nut milk bag & a blender

Soak your almonds for 8 hours or overnight (this is important for breaking down enzymes!). Rinse them, then place them in the blender with the water and blend for a minute or two. Take your nut milk bag to put it over a large bowl. Slowly pour the contents of the blender into the nut milk bag and squeeze the bag to get out all the liquid. Put the liquid back in the blender and add the other ingredients. Put in an airtight container (mason jars look great on Instagram) and keep for up to 3-4 days!

Looking to make things a bit more exciting? Try experimenting with superfoods and flavors like cinnamon, maca or even cacao.

Interested in more recipes like this one? Check out MY BOOK for more nut & seed milks, juices, smoothies, soups, and information about all those superfoods you wish you understood.