Thursday, April 17, 2014

Green on the Go!

Juicing: the latest craze to hit the health world.  Everyone is abuzz touting the health benefits of this magical diet elixir. Whether they juice for health, energy, weight loss, or weight gain, there is a mix for anyone. However, for many of us, this yummy trend can become both time-consuming and expensive. Between purchasing the necessary equipment and the large amounts of produce required to obtain a small amount of juice, as well as the laborious task of assembling equipment, juicing, and cleaning each part of the equipment, this may not prove to be the most efficient way to pack in your nutrients for life on the go. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution for you!
Our green smoothie is perfect for the busy lifestyle. Using an ordinary blender and a few easy ingredients, you can jumpstart your day with a power-packed drink! You can dump, blend, and go! This recipe makes enough for 2-3 servings, which means you can keep the extra in the fridge so it is ready to go when you are! An added benefit of blending is that you get to keep the fiber from the fruits and veggies, which will help your body regulate digestion and be less likely to spike your blood sugar! Who says healthy can’t be fast and easy?

Green-on-the-Go! Smoothie

1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup fresh kale
1 cup water
1 cup tangerine juice
1 cup fresh pineapple
½ cup cantaloupe
2 ripe bananas

Mix water, juice, and greens in blender. Blend until smooth. Add fruits. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy!

Makes 2-3 servings. Keeps in the refrigerator up to 3 days (give it a good shake before drinking!).

Notes about this recipe:
-If you prefer ice in your smoothie, add after you blend greens the first time! If not, this tastes great as-is chilled in the refrigerator!
-Play with ingredients until you find your favorites! Whole strawberries (yes, you can leave the greens on!), blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and peeled apples all make great additions to your smoothie!
-Add a scoop of your favorite protein, a tablespoon of peanut butter, or a tablespoon of flax for an added boost!

-If you find that your smoothie thickens slightly, in the fridge, add 2 tablespoons of water and shake before drinking!