Looking for a healthy way to get in your greens, but not a fan of salads? Try adding some frozen kale or spinach to a smoothie! Now, don’t be alarmed. It’s not as scary as it sounds. If you use just the right amounts, you can never even tell they’re there! Right after an exhausting workout or even when I am just REALLY craving something sweet, my instant go-to is a cold green smoothie made with all-natural, unprocessed ingredients.
Green shakes are a much better alternative to standard milkshakes, with far less fat and sugar (not to mention calories). They may help to improve the condition of your skin, hair, and nails and also aid in weight loss. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, packing in 12% of the daily value for vitamin A, 145% vitamin C, 14% calcium, and 26% iron per every 1 c chopped. Spinach also has 56% of the daily value for vitamin A, 14% vitamin C, 3% calcium, and 5% iron per every 1 c chopped. I recommend using frozen greens rather than fresh, as it can sometimes give your smoothie an earthy flavor, so if you purchase kale or spinach in bulk, pop it in the freezer for a few hours before blending it into your shake.
If you’re a chocolate lover like me, I typically add 1 cup unsweetened almondmilk, 1 frozen banana, ½ c frozen greens, 1-2 T unsweetened cocoa powder, a little bit of stevia or honey, and a handful of ice cubes in my blender to make a tasty, healthy treat! If you’re wanting a little protein boost, mix in your favorite nut butters or protein powders to make it more filling and promote muscle growth. Other combos you can also try include 1 c frozen fruit (I love strawberries), 1-2 c water or nondairy milk, ½ c frozen greens, 1-2 T chia seeds, a small handful of walnuts, or even half of an avocado! Get creative and find out your favorite!
Green smoothies are super easy and inexpensive to make so go ahead and give them a whirl. If you’ve got a blender and 5 minutes to spare, you’ve got a perfect snack. Get your greens on!
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