Using Summer’s Bounty {Green Smoothies}

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There’s a lot of hype right now about eating clean, using whole foods, and juicing. Have you heard this? Do you partake?

My brain cancer-fighting friend, Steffany, introduced me to my new breakfast secret weapon: GREEN SMOOTHIES. She makes a green smoothie every morning in an effort to give her body the nutrients and vitamins it needs to be healthy and strong. And all summer long, I have been growing and sending over green kale for her to use in those smoothies. And then she made me one…and I was hooked.

Thankfully, my garden yields the veggies I use in my green smoothie and my local farmers market (or sale at Freddies) provides the fruit. I wanted to share with you my green smoothie recipe for a few reasons:

  1. To give you an excellent morning boost with the healthiest foods out there.
  2. To give you a way to use your garden vegetables in a new way.

Are you ready for this? This recipe can be easily altered simply based upon what you have in your house, or you can follow it to the T. Here we go!

makes 2 large smoothies

To keep this TERRAfit-friendly, avoid store-bought juice and make sure the yogurt has less than 20 grams carbs per serving.

  • 4-5 stalks of kale (you can also use about a 1/2 cup of spinach if you’d like)
  • 1 cup of chopped lettuce, any kind, or 4-5 large leaves
  • 1/4 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk, coconut water, smoothie mix, juice, or water (or whatever you need in order for it to blend smoothly)
  • 1-2 cups frozen fruit (berries, mangoes, pineapple)
  • 1 banana

Other things you could add would be things like sugar snap peas, an apple, flaxseed, oil, and even more vegetables.

This is easy peasy lemon squeazy to make. Just add all the ingredients in a quality blender and mix until pureed. Carrots and kale take a while to puree, so give them some time. If it’s not blending well, add extra liquid, or even something like watermelon. Make sure that you have enough frozen fruits to chill the smoothie, or just add ice. And then enjoy! This recipe makes about 2 large smoothies, so if you are “blending for one”, either half the recipe or freeze the rest in ice cube trays to use in later smoothies.

As you drink up, be confident knowing that you are giving your body the best boost possible!

If you are in the market for a new blender, I googled “best cheap blender” and came up with this beauty:

Wave Action Blender with food Chopper Attachment

It’s under $45 and has a great food chopper attachment. When my current blender burns out, I’ll be chasing down this one for sure!

Ingredients: Banana, Carrots, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce
Meal Type: Beverages, Breakfast, Clean Eating
Categories: Frozen Treats, Healthy, Smoothies

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