Getting Your Greens

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!)

Mine today included water, ice, 1 banana, 1 clementine, a bunch of kale, a handful of grapes, and 1/4 avocado.

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.


4 thoughts on “Getting Your Greens

  1. Kimberly Worlow says:

    Here’s the recipe for our power packed daily Green Drink!!

    2-3 large Kale leaves (4-5 if they are small)
    handful of baby spinach
    2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
    2 large handfuls of green grapes (fresh or frozen)
    1 cup frozen fruit (I use the smoothie blend of straw, pineapple, mango)
    1 cup water
    6-7 ice cubes
    Juice from Half a Lemon
    1/4 cup fresh ground flaxseeds

    Add more grapes or a clementine if you would like it sweeter. Add more water if you like it thinner or add more ice if you like it colder.

  2. Kayla says:

    The Special K (for Kayla of course)

    2 large handfuls of baby spinach
    1/2 avocado
    1/2 banana (frozen)
    1 cup frozen mixed fruit (I prefer blueberry/strawberry mix)
    1 tbsp of coconut oil

    The key is to mix water and the spinach first. Mix until all the spinach is liquidified. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. The more water you use the less thick it will be. I love the coconut oil. It is good for your skin and hair. 🙂

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