Today I had my first green smoothie! Yaaaaaay!!! What a great way to kick off a Saturday. Green smoothies are a combination of healthy fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients which supplies the body with what it needs to maintain health and wellness.
For at least five years, I have been wanting to try these green monsters. I’ve talked about them online with my online friends. I’ve read about them online and in magazines. I’ve researched them and pondered over the right combination of ingredients to yield the greatest benefits. I’ve even bought a couple of smoothie cookbooks. But I have never taken the time to make one for myself … until today.
Yesterday, I decided that I was going to go grocery shopping and get all the ingredients I needed for several green smoothie variations. I picked up some fresh kale, fresh baby spinach, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, mangoes, avocados, almond milk, yogurt, ….
This morning, instead of having the same old stuff for breakfast like grits-n-eggs, pancakes, rice-n-butter, oatmeal, or cold cereal, I had a taste for a smoothie. I pulled out the bounty of fruits and vegetables that were crammed into my fridge. I decided to start my day off with a BANG! and do the “groovy, smoothie thang!
I threw a little bit of this and that into my blender … and, PRESTO … out pops a delicious, green smoothie full of organic and healthy ingredients. Now, I don’t own one of those expensive blenders or smoothie machines. I have a little ole Black & Decker blender I bought about a year ago. It did a pretty good job blending up all of the ingredients and the ice cubes I added.
In the finished product, I could see little specks of blueberries but that didn’t bother me. My green smoothie came out nice and smooth. I had no chunks or anything that were detectable going down the hatch or were difficult passing through the straw.
The recipe I created yielded about six 8-oz servings. I shared it with my daughter and poured the remaining smoothie mixture into a container and stored in the freezer for consumption at lunch or for tomorrow’s breakfast.
I’m feeling energized! That smoothie really helped me kick off a fun-filled day where I have a long list of things I need to do, like trying to finish reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn before my book club meeting tonight.
I hope you had your healthy smoothie today or a healthy breakfast to get your day started on the right foot! If you would like my “Groovy, Green Smoothie!” recipe, let me know. I will be happy to post it here for you..