Green Smoothies

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Since Bob and I are having a green smoothie every day for the first week of 2013, I thought I’d share a few of the variations we’ve had so far.  And in case you still haven’t tried adding spinach to a smoothie–I promise–you can’t taste it!

The first Health and Wellness Seminar I gave back in August was all about smoothies!  I made three different samples, and of course, one of them was a GREEN smoothie.  While skeptical at first, people changed their minds once they tasted it.

This is what I’ve used to make our green smoothies this week:

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Mint Chocolate (serves 2)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. milk (I use almond milk)
  • 2 T. cacao powder
  • 1/2 t. peppermint extract
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2 t. maca powder (optional)

Oatmeal Cookie (serves 2)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/3 c. raw oats
  • 1 T. almond butter
  • 1 T. raisins
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 handful of spinach

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Apple Pie (serves 1; similar to my original Apple Pie Smoothie)

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of ground ginger
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional, I use Sunwarrior)

green smoothie

I think I’m going to add spinach to a Berry Coconut Smoothie next!

Berry Coconut Smoothie (serves 2)

  • 1 c. ice
  • 1 c. frozen mixed berries
  • 1 T. coconut oil
  • 1/2 T. chia seeds
  • 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk/water of choice)
  • 1 handful of spinach

What I love about smoothies is how you can easily adapt them for what you’d like to include in your diet.  Healthy fats, protein, vegetables, fiber . . . . whatever YOU need.

Have you tried adding spinach or another green to a smoothie?  It may not look pretty, but still tastes amazing!

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Comments

    • Michelle Gammelgaard says

      Great question. They’re all a little different–depending on if I’m eating one after working out (more protein), or for satiety (more healthy fat) or hydration/vitamins/veggies (lower calorie). I don’t specifically calculate, and just use good judgement for an appropriate serving (by measuring out the protein powder or the nut butters, etc.).

  1. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey on the Run says

    Wow your smoothies are so fancy :P I literally just use a ton of kale, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup of soy milk, cinnamon and water. They have the nicest shade of green too :P Have to give yours a try. cuz I’m bored of my variation and everytime I experiment it turns out quite nasty.

  2. Biz says

    It’s so funny because I wanted a Green Monster for breakfast this morning, but my husband was still sleeping, and our blender is uber loud.

    I am going to have your apple pie smoothie with my dinner – yum!!

  3. Luv What You Do says

    I love green smoothies! I should def try that mint chocolate version. I love cacoa and never thought to add peppermint extract which I have. And that oatmeal cookie one must be fantastic. You are way more creative than I am and I can’t wiat to make my way through my Costco tube of spinach : )

  4. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says

    My go to smoothie is very similar to Heather’s- banana, frozen blueberries, almond milk and spinach. I love your combinations. Oh, and I just picked up maca powder and started adding a tsp to smoothies as well! Cacao powder is next. :)

  5. Calee says

    thanks for sharing these recipes! I love green smoothies, and I just realized that I can use my immersion blender to make them (um, duh) since my blender broke (well 3 of them broke) in 2012.

  6. Bonnie says

    YUM! Thanks for all these recipe varieties! I tend to stick with the same thing for my green smoothies… I think I’ll try your coconut/mixed berry one for lunch today – thanks!

  7. Lauren says

    These are some great ideas!….especially that oatmeal raisin combo. I MUST try that out! Thanks for always visiting me, and writing such sweet messages. I want you to know how much it means to me! :-)

  8. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because says

    These sound amazing! I haven’t had much success adding spinach to my smoothies – couldn’t really get it to incorporate; i’s probably because I don’t have a blender and use my food processor. I’d like to try these recipes without the spinach, though! Pinned for later – thanks, Michelle!

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