Smoothies are a great way to add greens into your diet. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Arial for a few days last week. We shared workouts and I got to share my morning smoothie that I've been having lately. If you saw our periscope, you'll know that her blender is crazy loud! But it really does blend well! We had a lot of fun sharing this recipe with Arial's viewers.
If you missed it, you can watch the replay here.
As I mentioned in the video, feel free to add whatever greens you like. I like to use frozen organic vegetables and fruit since they're cheaper than fresh and then I don't need to add ice. You can adjust this recipe but try to use organic produce if possible.
Try out this recipe and leave us a comment on how you personalize your smoothie!
Green Power Smoothie
- Handful of frozen or fresh green of your choice....kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard
- Few broccoli crowns (don't add too much at once or it won't blend)
- 1 tbsp. of almond butter
- 1 tbsp. cocao powder (This is not the same as the store bought cocoa in a chocolate bar. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat. Cocoa looks the same but it's not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that's been roasted at high temperatures, which changes the nutritional value)
- A few frozen or fresh berries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 - 1 cup of unsweetened Almond, Cashew, or Coconut Milk (adjust amount so your smoothie blends well)
- 2 tbsps. Hemp Hearts (a rich source of nutrition, putting them in the “superfoods” category. Hemp hearts typically contain 33 percent protein, 9 percent omega-3 essential fatty acids, and are an excellent source of iron, vitamin E and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an Omega-6 fatty acid) You can substitute chia or flax seeds
Optional Add- in
1 tbsp. Chlorella (Chlorella, a single-celled, micro-algae, is one of the most powerful detoxification tools to eliminate accumulated toxins, including mercury, in your body.)
Karen Bloom is a Board Certified Integrative Nutrition and Body Image Coach. Her own struggles with food, body image and depression have made her passionate about helping others. She works with people to help them find a healthy balance. Karen believes that each person's journey is unique and what looks healthy on each of us is different. Her website is Bloomingintowellness.com