Sometimes you just need a little greenness to help you feel cleansed and reinvigorated! This often happens to me the day after a heavy dinner, or when I just feel I want a simple healthy snack in between meals. Smoothies also make a great breakfast on the go on pre-workout energizer! However, watch out for a common smoothie recipe trap of overusing fruit juice, sorbets or sweetened yogurts, which creates a high carb and sugar beverage – a 16-20 oz fruit-based smoothie can contain 500 or more calories!! Also if you’re going to buy a smoothie or green juice, watch out for those bottles that look green but actually just contain a tiny bit of green veggies and a lot of the above sweeteners. One trick that some manufacturers have taken advantage of is that a little bit of green veggie turns the whole drink green, so it’s hard to tell how green it really is just by looking at it.
The recipe below contains LOTS of yummy greens, as well as a bit of lemon and peanut butter for healthy fat and protein (and a little bit of sweetness). The kale provides an anti-inflammatory effect (as well as lots of other nutrients), the romaine provides adrenal support, the celery helps regulate body temperature, the lemon helps detox and provide vitamin C, and the coconut water provides a natural source of electrolytes. You can also add in some chia seeds for some extra fiber, protein and antioxidants…plus they’ll add some thickness to the texture! Just soak them in a bit of water for at least 10 minutes to hydrate them before adding them to your smoothie.
Ingredients (1 serving):
2 cups curly kale
1 cup romaine lettuce
1 celery stalk
The juice from 1/4 lemon (microwave just before squeezing for ease of squeeze)
1 tablespoon peanut butter or peanut butter powder (for ease of blending)
1 cup coconut water (you can use more depending on how thick you want your smoothie to be)
Optional: 1 tablespoon chia seeds
After washing your veggies thoroughly, add all the ingredients into the blender (or food processor) and blend to your desired consistency. Stir in your hydrated chia seeds last. You can also thin out your smoothie by adding more coconut water, or thicken it with more chia seeds. Enjoy!