I always loved the idea of drinking my greens. I love eating healthy and treating my body well. Despite the fact that I already eat a lot of vegetables and salads during the day I’m always looking for ways to increase the amount of greens I eat. Increase in greens = more nutrients! Regardless of loving the idea of drinking greens, I wasn’t always so keen on green in liquid form. The first green juice I ever had was so gross and I swore off following this healthy trend. Then I decided to give it one more try and fell in love with the green smoothies at Organic Avenue. Determined to keep my wallet full and avoid spenidng $9 every time I wanted my green smoothie fix, I came up with the perfect recipe. I’m currently at home recovering from foot surgery and I am quite literally sitting on my butt with my feet up doing nothing! Those of you who know me personally know that running is a huge part of my life. Not being able to run has been tougher than I imagined, but it helps to eat healthy. Even though I’m being inactive, I’m still treating my body really well. My morning green smoothie leaves me feeling like I’ve done something good for my body and that helps my mind too! This recipe contains the perfect ratio of greens to fruit and is so delicious you’ll forget that you’re drinking vegetables! Even better? You can swap out the fruits you use and make up new smoothie flavors. My go to always includes a banana. I switch up the second fruit with mango, apples, berries or a fruit mix. If you’re new to green smoothies I dare you to try this recipe!
Go to Green Smoothie
1 packed cup organic greens…I typically do 1/2 cup kale (stems removed) & 1/2 cup baby spinach
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 banana sliced
1 cup frozen fruit of choice (diced mango, sliced strawberries, diced apple etc.)
Juice from half a lime or lemon (optional)
- In a high speed blender thoroughly blend greens and coconut milk until no chunks remain.
- Add banana and puree until smooth.
- Add frozen fruit and optional lime or lemon juice. Pulse a few times to break up frozen fruit, before blending until smooth.
- It is important to first blend liquid and greens before adding in fruit. This ensures that your greens are thoroughly blended. You want to be drinking those greens, not chewing them!
- If I don’t have fruit that is already frozen, I’ll use a cup of fresh fruit and add a little bit of ice in during step 2.
- This recipe is customizable, which is my favorite thing about it! Sometimes I’ll do a cup of baby spinach, sometimes I’ll use kale. Other times I use 1/2 and 1/2. I like to experiment with fruit combos too! Find what works well for you and use what you like.
- The main thing is to do 1 part greens to 2 parts fruit as described above. This ensures a delicious smoothie that doesn’t taste “green,” despite the bright color!