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Green Smoothies… The Real Breakfast of Champions

Green smoothies

No I am not talking about breakfast cereal! I’m talking about something so much more nutritious and full of complex carbs that will keep you satisfied, your energy levels maintained, you mentally clear, and your body detoxified! Sound too good to be true?  It’s not!

I’m talkin Green Smoothies! I know what your thinking… “how can anything green be good, or TASTE good?” Green smoothies are surprisingly delicious, my 1-year-old twins LOVE them and drink them DAILY, no joke! Actually, my husband, who I had to convince to drink something green, now LOVES them too!

What makes them green? Kale, Chard, collard greens, and spinach, are natures SUPER FOODS! They are one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat! By adding them to a smoothie you are making it a mega, raw food, enzyme rich, power house, multivitamin in a blender! Can you feel my passion!?

Greens are high in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and Vitamins A, C, E, and K.  They packed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other phytochemicals and macronutrients making them a major powerhouse in disease prevention, such as osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, irritable bowl syndrome, and hypertension. I have recently convinced my mom to give them a try to help combat the early stages of osteoporosis.

When I first started making green smoothies I didn’t have any special blender, so don’t feel like you need to spend a lot of money to get started! My smoothies where a little “chunky” with little pieces of greens or fruit, but they were well tolerated by all of us and still tasted fantastic. Since we are all now “green smoothie lovers,” we have invested (because it is a BIG investment) in the Vitamix. I use it EVERYDAY, so it was well worth the cost. But again, you don’t need one to start out.

Some of my favorite “beginner” smoothies…

Orange banana

  • 1 c. organic kale (or green of choice)
  • 1 banana (frozen opt)
  • 1 orange
  • 6 oz water
  • a few cubes of ice (opt)

Banana Peanut Butter

  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 Tbl  almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1 c. organicspinach
  • 6-8 oz almond milk

Orange refresher

  • 1 c organic greens
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 unpeeled (maintain the minerals) washed organic carrots
  • fresh organic mint (a great herb to grow at your house!)
  • 6 oz water

Pineapple lime

  • 1 c. pineapple
  • 2 c organic spinach
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbl fresh organic mint
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • ice opt
  • 6 oz water

It’s best to start off basic and get used to the new flavors and textures. I am now at the point where I pretty much dump whatever I have in the house in the blender.  Banana and avocado give smoothies the creamy texture.  We buy ripe banana’s that we peel and put right in the freezer for out smoothies. You can also add in a superfood boost once you get comfortable!  These include:

  • whole flax seed (Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber)
  • Chia seed (balance blood sugar, control appetite, promote regularity)
  • Goji berries (reduce inflamation, high in iron, high in protein, increase vitality)
  • raw cacao (rich in antioxidants, improve bone strength, supports heart health)
  • Maca root powder (endurance, energy, performance, vitality)
  • coconut oil (healthy fat, energy)
  • or even just raw almonds

If I make my smoothie for breakfast, then I will pair it with a protein source (eggs, plain fage greek yogurt, cottage cheese), since it is mostly complex carbohydrates.  This will make it a complete meal.  We sometimes make them for a snack as well or a post-workout meal. Your limits are endless!

Christ is my daily bread.  I get my strength for the day through Him by reading his word.  This was my verse of the day that I felt was so suiting for this post.  You can take it literally or figuratively. Enjoy!

“Why spend money on food that does not give your strength? Why pay for food that does you no good?  Listen to me and you will eat what is good.  You will enjoy the finest of food.”  Isaiah 55:2

Green smoothies
My son Maximus polishing off his favorite drink of the day!
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19 thoughts on “Green Smoothies… The Real Breakfast of Champions

  1. I was wondering when you’d do a green smoothie post 🙂 We drink green smoothies every day here too! Do you ever use Spirulina? I actually started using it instead of spinach or kale in our fruit smoothies recently. It is SO much more potent and you only need 1 teaspoon! It’s seriously one of the most amazing superfoods around! I was just reading this article on it..http://www.benefits-of-spirulina.com/
    We also use hemp hearts in our smoothies as well 🙂

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  2. Okay, going to trust you with these and give them a try. We attempted the one with spinach and green apples and yeah , I was gagging. It was awful!
    We used to add tofu to our shakes. It was pretty delish!

    Do you (family included) drink milk? Since nursing I’ve cut out dairy and replaced it with Almond Milk and my little guy doesn’t have gas pains or green poops, sorry TMI.
    Just wondering if we are the only ones in the world not eating dairy, even though we aren’t lactose intolerant.

    Loving the recipes! I’m “pinning” them! Keep ’em coming!!!

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    1. Ya spinach and green apples would be a little sour… add a banana to that and it would add the sweetness! 😉 I love apples in my smoothies! You can also just add a handful of greens to get the “taste” of them before adding more to slowly build your palate. Let me know once you try some of these recipes and tell me what you think!

      As for milk, we do not drink cows milk. My husband and I are both intolerant. I LOVE almond milk! I have a couple recipes on the way that you are going to love! Thanks for pinning and spreading the word!!

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      1. WE ARE ADDICTED!
        You are a genius! Seriously – no joke!
        And get this – our Costco was demo-ing Vitamix – CHA-CHING!
        We are in heaven!
        Thank you so much! I am a total fan of your website and recipes! I should say WE! 🙂

        Anxiously waiting for more..

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  3. Love your green smoothies when you make them for me, now I can make them. Thanks for the recipes. love your site keep up the great posting.

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