Thirsty Thursday – Green Smoothie Style

by Ashley on June 27, 2013

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.)

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Build Your Own Green Smoothie Green Smoothie

(Makes 2  smoothies)

  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1/2 cup filtered water
  3. 1/4 cup aloe vera juice
  4. squeeze of 1/4 a lemon
  5. 2 large handfuls of greens (my favorites are kale and spinach) – your blender should be 3/4 the way full with greens
  6. 1 tbsp flax meal
  7. 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  8. 1 tsp chia seeds
  9. 1 tsp maca powder
  10. 1 tbsp spirullina
  11. 1/4 inch fresh ginger
  12. 1 inch fresh turmeric
  13. 1 cup frozen berries
  14. 1 frozen banana
  15. 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!

And thanks to all of you that have ‘Liked’ Guard Your Heart on Facebook! If you haven’t yet, scroll down on the right sidebar and please do so! Thank you!

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.

Good health!

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Justin Bagwell July 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

Long time no see! I have also found a love for the health and wellness world! Your site is awesome and gives a lot of great information! I already drink healthy meal replacement shakes and smoothies and I have lost just over 200 lbs so far! I am looking to add in green smoothies to get more fruits and veggies into my diet. I have a couple questions…I know green smoothies are good for the entire body but I know you can add certain things to target a specific area. Do you have more green smoothie recipes that are specific for particular areas of the body ie. heart health, digestive health, brain function, energy etc…? Also, I have the Nutri Bullet blender made for green smoothies but I am thinking of upgrading to the Blend Tec or the Vitamix. Which would you prefer?

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Ashley July 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hey Justin! Your story is amazing and incredibly inspiring! Congratulations! Thank you! Green smoothies are awesome – and like you said, they are a great way to sneak fruits and veggies into your diet! When it comes to specific recipes for specific areas of the body, I have never posted on that but I will be sure to very soon! I definitely like that idea! I’ll let you know when I do!

Regarding blenders, I have a Vitamix and could go on and on for hours about how much I love it. While it is on the pricier side, I look at it as an investment in my health, considering I used it everyday to provide my body with so much good stuff! If if you are going to be using it as often as I do, I would definitely recommend making the investment! Anyways, thanks for stopping by and congratulations again on your success thus far!!!

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