I’m sure I’ll be writing about a lot of green gems this year, but this is another shade of green! Yesterday’s post garnered more attention for my green smoothie recipe than for the jewelry featured! Since so many of you requested it, I figured it deserved a mention.
I drink this almost every morning, and actually miss it if I travel or eat something else. I feel amazing, my skin has never been better, and I have rarely been sick this past year. Coincidence? Probably not.
Monica’s Green Smoothie
2 cups of water
About 2 cups of packed dark greens, like spinach, kale, chard, lacinato kale. If I’m short on time, I use Organic Girl’s POW Super Greens mix.
About 2 scoops of whey protein powder
1 teaspoon of a probiotic
About a teaspoon of olive oil, could also use some avocado (increases satiety, and the oil helps you absorb Vitamin D, if you take a supplement. Since I live in the light-deprived Pacific Northwest, I take Vitamin D for my health and sanity)
1/2 to 1 cup of fresh fruit, whatever is in season: berries if possible, but half a pear or apple will work (I hate bananas but you can use if you like)
1+ cup of frozen fruit, usually berries for their antioxidants, or mangos or peaches
Sweetener like honey or agave nectar if you need it, but I don’t usually add it
Put everything into a Vitamix* blender and use their smoothie setting. This makes enough to use for breakfast and lunch, or for two mornings, just refrigerate and re-blend a little before serving again. It will likely be somewhere between green and brown in color, depending on the fruit, but I think it tastes really good. Save yourself the disparaging comments from others and put it into an opaque travel mug (you can be smug knowing you’re doing something great for yourself).
*Don’t underestimate the blender importance. I resisted buying a Vitamix for a long time due to aesthetics–I thought they were hideous. But I wore out my handsome Breville blender, and when I broke down and bought the Vitamix, I realized I had been unnecessarily chewing my smoothies. I don’t recommend chunky smoothies: an oxymoron that is hard to swallow, literally.
Ok, now back to jewelry…