Green Smoothie

Recently we started ordering a small box of veggies from our local farmer.  The soil where they are grown is fertilized and nourished naturally with no synthetic fertilizers or artificial components.  I am loving it!  Every Wednesday we get our shipment (along with natural meat products) and it includes tons of greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, micro-greens, lettuce, etc).   I think this is an amazing way to take your health and your family’s health into your own hands.

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Since I am a busy Mom like many of you I don’t always have the time to chop up a salad and spend forever crunching away at it, SO I like to sometimes just make a green smoothie in the morning to get those greens in quickly, and honestly I feel better when I do it. (Most likely because of all of the great vitamins and minerals contained in those dark leafy greens).  We also get a large amount of greens in our shipment so it is a great way to use them up.

HOWEVER, sipping on kale I understand is probably not the most appetizing idea you think of in the morning….or any time of day for that matter  😉   But this green smoothie has been a simple go-to lately for me because it really doesn’t taste like “I AM NOW DRINKING A BIG CUP OF KALE.”   Yum?

I find that the banana and lemon really cut that “green” taste.  You can use any green you like….experiment a bit as each green has a different taste…some stronger than others.  There are only a few ingredients to throw together in no time.

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 large handful of kale (or other green of your choice)

Juice of one lemon

Small handful of frozen mango (you can try frozen berries, however you will get a gross brown colour that may make it less appetizing)  😉

Water (to desired consistency)

Blend on high until all ingredients are very well combined (no chunks allowed, because well that’s just gross).

Enjoy!

 

Creamy Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is nice and light and the cashews give it a creamy texture.  The cashews are soaked overnight for easier digestion.  If you are looking for a nut-free option you could substitute half an avocado for the cashews. (You will just end up with a greener looking smoothie)  🙂

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Smoothies are a great way to get in loads of nutrients.  They are especially great for little ones who may not otherwise eat some of the ingredients.  They will NEVER KNOW!  (Insert mischievous grin here).

Ingredients: (Makes about 4 cups of smoothie)

1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight in water and rinsed clean in the morning)

2 bananas

1 cup chopped pineapple

1 heaping tbsp plain greek yogurt

About 3-4 cups cold water (you can adjust amount of water for desired consistency)

To Make:

Blend all ingredients in blender until silky smooth.  Garnish with grapes and chunks of pineapple.

Enjoy!