Green smoothies were a game changer for my anxiety-ridden, chronically late teenager.
Simple to prepare, loaded with nutrition, healing powers and skin-clearing goodness, we added these things into the morning routine and I had a whole new kid.
I promise, it works.
Once you get past the “What is that, grass?” phase, this is like magic!
Here’s my basic guide for a delicious, nutritious green smoothie:
1 cup of liquid non dairy nut milk, coconut water, tea, or juice
1 cup of green stuff (spinach, kale, arugula, or cucumber)*
1 tbsp of some protein (nut butter, protein powder)
Fruit of your choice – like a banana, pineapple, or frozen berries.
* A note about your green stuff. If you’re new to the world of green smoothies, start with fresh baby spinach. The stuff basically disappears into your smoothie leaving color and nutrition without screaming green all over your taste buds.
If the color is putting you off, don’t use a clear container.
Want to get fancy? Toss in some soaked chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed or hemp hearts for a good shot of healthy, inflammation-reducing Omega-3 fatty acids.
Bernadette Smith is an organic gardener, life-long tree hugger and certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living in Patchogue, N.Y. She offers free 30-minute Health Discovery Sessions and can reached through Facebook or by emailing SimplyNourishedHome@gmail.com.