I am not a morning person at all, and I need every bit of a fuel boost to get my day started. And I’ve found that magical potion in the form of a green smoothie. Over the past year, I’ve experimented with different smoothie combos and they’ve all been surprisingly delicious and filling. Extra bonus: Superfoods like kale and chia seeds provide a ton of nutritional benefits.
I prefer smoothies to juices because blending utilizes the whole produce — fibers and all — which keeps you full longer. In fact, green smoothies are a great meal replacement for those looking to shed some pounds. Gone are the days of fad diets!
Jenn’s Favorite Green Smoothie
Yields approx 16 fl oz
- 8-10 oz cold water (or you can substitute coconut water or almond milk)
- 1/2 cup (tightly packed) fresh greens such as kale or spinach
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/3 cup frozen fruit
- 2 Tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- Honey or agave nectar to taste
- Optional: your favorite protein powder
Blend the water and greens until well incorporated. Add in chia seeds. Add remaining ingredients and blend until you get a smooth consistency. Serve in a chilled glass and enjoy!
Cost saving tip: Stock up on whatever fresh fruit is on sale, cut them into bite-size chunks and store them on a flat baking sheet in the freezer. Right now I’m on a nectarine and mango kick.