I started my morning with a delicious green smoothie! Do you have trouble getting vegetables in at breakfast (or any other time of the day)? This is a quick, easy, and yummy way to help get in those servings of dark leafy greens!
Dark green leafy vegetables are perhaps the most potent superfood on the planet. They are also the most ignored and avoided foods as well. If you consider the powerful dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients that we get from spinach, kale, chard, collards, dandelion and other greens, it’s a wonder we can live without them.
Leafy green vegetables have more nutrition per calorie than any other food. Greens make up a significant source vitamins A, C, E and K as well as several B vitamins. They are rich sources of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. They are rich in fiber, extremely low in fat and carbohydrates and provide an excellent source of protein.
Most of us don’t sit around eating bowls of greens every day. But the green smoothies are a great way to eat a pound of greens! The taste of the greens is masked by the sweetness of the fruit. Even kids like green smoothies! You can make your green smoothies with whatever leafy green and fruit you choose. The basic recipe is water (or coconut water), 60% naturally sweet fruit, and 40% dark leafy greens.
The creaminess comes from fruit like banana, but you could also avocado as the emulsifier. Use greens like baby spinach, kale, swiss chard, collared greens, dandelion greens, turnip greens, arugula, romaine, etc. Add fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, blueberries. You can even add your protein powder for a super charged post-workout meal! There are a lot of recipes online, but be creative! (note that most recipes online make 2 servings, so share with a friend!)
I’d love to hear some of your recipes! Create your own green smoothie, and share your recipe in the comments below for a chance to win Tosca Reno’s book “The Eat Clean Diet Recharged“! I’ll announce the winner next week.