Hi friends. How are things going today? Rockin’ and rollin’ over here. Yesterday was a pretty successful day. I got a lot accomplished on the work front, played with the pups, hit the gym with the hub, picked up a few groceries and enjoyed a delicious dinner al fresco while watching the Braves.
Well, I guess it is more appropriate to say that I watched them fight over this ball rather than played with them. Boxers will be Boxers.
Black beans and quinoa, Balsamic roasted Brussels, onions and mushrooms, & Roasted rutabagas and sweet potatoes for me – we also did a mozzarella and spinach stuffed chicken for the meat eaters.
Anyways, on to today…
Thirsty Thursday, we meet again 🙂 Thirsty as in green smoothie thirsty that is!
Yesterday I received a comment over on Facebook for a green smoothie recipe so today I decided to breakdown the green smoothie madness for any of you green smoothie rookies or even you vets out there 🙂 A few weeks ago I posted a Beginners Green Smoothie recipe that might be helpful too!
These are just a few ingredients that I like to use. You can add or omit anything that you like. Place ingredients in this order directly into your blender… (The order is important! You want liquid first, light ingredients next and the heavy ingredients last so that when you turn your bender on everything pushes down toward the blade.)
Build Your Own Green Smoothie Green Smoothie
(Makes 2 smoothies)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
- squeeze of 1/4 a lemon
- 2 large handfuls of greens (my favorites are kale and spinach) – your blender should be 3/4 the way full with greens
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tbsp spirullina
- 1/4 inch fresh ginger
- 1 inch fresh turmeric
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
*Remember all ingredients are optional. Use what you have – don’t feel like you have to go out and search for ingredients that you might not keep on hand like fresh turmeric, hemp seeds or maca powder.
*A lot of people like to add peanut butter/almond butter too – I don’t do this too often, not because it’s not delicious, just because I don’t feel like it doesn’t need it.
*Also, if you like things super sweet and think that it is just not sweet enough, try adding a pitted date as a natural sweetener – sweet + vitamins/minerals = double whammy.
*Lastly, using frozen fruit is key. This makes it smooth and creamy.
By starting your day with greens your body will thank you, I promise. Green smoothies are full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc. – all of which help our bodies fight disease, cancer, inflammation, skin issues and much, much more.
Are you already a green smoothie junkie like me? If not, I challenge you to enjoy a green smoothie a day or at least every other day to improve your health and fuel your day!
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Have a wonderful Thursday! Almost the weekendddddddd! I’m off to do a little workout, a little yoga, and pack up yet again for a week long road trip with the hub starting tomorrow.