The Best Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

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So around my family and friends I am known for my healthy juices and smoothies. I can make any person a juice or smoothie they are guaranteed to love! I even convinced my veggie + fruit hating mom to drink regular smoothies and she loves them! The trick? Make them taste like they AREN’T healthy! And it’s easier than you think.

I personally enjoy green smoothies with kale and spinach. But I know many people don’t. But I put kale and/or spinach in ALL of my recipes. It’s a quick, sure fire way to get those greens! And with my recipes, you can’t even tastes the leafy greens, but still reap all the benefits. What’s better than that?!

Here is my recipe for my healthy green smoothie:

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
  1. A handful (literally) of spinach
  2. 1 cup of almond milk – My favorite is Silk unsweetened almond milk, but any milk alternative works as well
  3. 1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter (use natural, organic peanut butter with no added sugar – I use Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter)
  4. 1 large green apple
  5. 1 large frozen banana
  6. 3/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
  7. 1 teaspoon of honey (use local, raw honey)
  8. 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder (I buy mine at Wegman’s)
  9. 1 dash of cinnamon
WHAT YOU WILL DO:
  1. Wash the spinach and pick off the stems from the leaf, put all leaves in blender
  2. Pour the almond milk into the blender
  3. Blend just the spinach and the almond milk for about 2-3 minutes until no leafy chunks remain*
  4. Add the peanut butter, green apple, frozen banana, yogurt, honey, wheatgrass + cinnamon to the blender
  5. Blend for another minute or so until smooth
  6. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

*The trick with making a smooth smoothie with things like kale and spinach, is to blend the greens and your liquid by themselves for almost 3 minutes (depending on the quality of your blender) until there are no chunks of greens in the blender. Then, add the remaining ingredients.

This recipe makes a pretty large serving. It can be shared between two people, or I like to have it as a meal replacement with a snack on the side.

 

Let me know if you guys try out the recipe and how you like it! I’ll be sharing more smoothie and juice recipes in the coming weeks, so be sure to follow my blog to read about those!

Xx,
M
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The Secret to Eating Healthy

The best way to describe my eating habits is non-processed. I don’t look at calories or the sodium content, I look at the ingredients. The fewer, the better. Now, I don’t look at every single food and assess it’s value health wise. I definitely indulge in my occasional ice cream sandwich, bucket of fries, + pasta. But I would say about 85% of the time, I am very conscious about what I am putting into my body.

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It all started when I found myself in college unable to focus, lacking so much energy everyday, and just overall felt like a slug. I took a step back and looked at the aspects of my life that could cause it. Sure, college drinking has an affect, but I’ve never been one to turn down a cocktail! I looked at the food I was consuming on a daily basis. Living on my own, I found myself going to the store and buying the easiest, fastest meals possible. I was too busy (or so I thought) to plan a recipe, too lazy to cook a meal, and just plain didn’t care.

I began doing my research into eating healthy and its benefits. And that is where my life transformed. I started to go to the store and spend an extra 30 minutes actually looking at what I was buying. I began spending more and more time in the produce section, choosing fruits and veggies for my snacks for the week instead of my usual bags of chips and pretzels. Don’t get me wrong, I still almost always have chips and pretzels in my house. But those are saved for days when I need a little indulging.

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I slowly (key word, SLOWLY) began making changes in my eating habits. I didn’t go through a pantry makeover and throw out every single bad food. If I’ve learned anything, it’s everything in moderation. You can’t just change your life in one day- you are setting yourself up for failure. Slowly over the weeks, I would swap more and more snacks for veggies and fruits, more frozen pizzas for fresh chicken and yams, my weekly ice cream for fruit covered in dark chocolate. Soon enough, I found myself naturally craving healthier foods, feeling better, and even looking better! My abs started to come in without any change to my workout, my face cleared up, and I had more energy than I knew what to do with. Sure enough, this lifestyle change became my normal. To this day, about 4 years later, I still work on finding better and healthier alternatives. It takes time. But it’s possible. Anybody can do it if they have the right mindset and motivation.

Xx,

M