Simple Green Smoothie Benefits
Starting your day with a green smoothie might sound like a trendy flash-in-the-pan type of thing but it can actually be a great way to start the day and takes less than five minutes to whip together. Plus these additional benefits:
- adds a serving of veggies before noon
- a quick meal for rushed mornings
- handheld and can be taken along for the walk or ride to work
- endless flavor combinations to keep from getting bored
Basic Anatomy of a Green Smoothie
The first step is to keep your fridge and pantry stocked with smoothie building blocks. I like to keep a couple of different types of frozen fruit, at least one type of leafy green in the fridge (frozen works too), milk or liquid of choice and add-ins. These might include nut butter, flax or chia seeds, and protein powder if desired.
The basic anatomy starts with 1 cup milk or milk alternative, 1 cup fruit, ½ cup leafy greens, ½ cup or small handful ice, plus optional add-ins. The result should fit perfectly in 16-ounce mason jars with these lids and straws. I use them so often they are listed on my Kitchen Essentials.
If you’re looking for inspiration to get you started, try my Kale and Ginger Green Smoothie for a spicy kick to your morning.
Kale and Ginger Green Smoothie
- 1 cup soy milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 cup baby kale
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- 1/2 banana frozen works well
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3/4 cup ice cubes
- Add all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until smooth.