My Favorite: Smoothies

I have always been a fan of fruit smoothies.  My mother used to make them for us as kids and boy, did she make them taste amazing!!  Within the last year though, my taste for ingredients has totally changed.  I'm seriously addicted to green smoothies.  If I don't have a green in it, I feel like, what's the point??  I know it can sound a bit intimidating or even sorta yucky to put greens in a fruit smoothie, but I promise, if you blend them right, you will be addicted too!

So, I wanted to share with you my 3 favorite combos.

IMPORTANT TIPS:  

Make sure you "chew" your smoothie or at least swish it around in your mouth before swallowing.  There are digestive enzymes that are excreted in your mouth, that without, will leave your food rotting in your belly, causing bloat, gas and discomfort.  That goes for all food really, chew slowly! It's best to blend the milk and the greens together first, before adding the remaining ingredients, unless you have a high powered blender that can handle it all at once. FROZEN bananas are a MUST.  It will give your smoothies an incredible texture and make the whole experience much more enjoyable- promise!  I prefer the flavor and texture of spinach in my smoothies, but seriously use whatever green you like best.  If I am using water in my smoothie, instead of milk (if I am looking to hydrate) I use Napa Cabbage, because it is filled with water itself and also really light in flavor.

Smoothie #1: Green is GOOD

 

 This is my GO-TO smoothie.  I freaking LOVE it.  Seriously!  

Ingredients:  2 handfuls of fresh spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 2 heaping table spoons favorite nut butter (I use almond), 2 cups almond milk.  

Smoothie #2: The Fudge Pop 

This smoothie tastes sooooo good and makes you feel like you are having the most indulgent milk shake!  But it's soooo good for you. 

Ingredients: 2 handfuls fresh spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen pomegranate seeds, 2 heaping table spoons of sunflower butter, 2 cups almond milk, 1 tablespoon coco powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey (or sweetener of choice).  

 

Smoothie #3: Sunshine Smoothie 

 

This smoothie is meant for lounging on the beach with your ladies and a good book.  It has such an awesome tropical vibe.  ENJOY!

Ingredients: 1 handful fresh spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 2 tablespoons almond butter, dash of shaved coconut and 2 cups almond milk (coconut milk works great too!).

 

I hope you enjoy these smoothies as much as I do.  Feel free to play around with the ingredients and have fun with it!

 

 

Until next time- CHASE YOUR DREAMS AND EAT SOME GREENS.

Mwah- JENI