It's that time of year where everyone starts to break out their blenders and bullet blenders! When I find myself slacking off on my vegetable consumption, I use a simple green smoothie recipe to get me back on track.
Wash fruits/vegetables and break them down into smaller portions so you can grab the amount you need when you're ready to make your smoothie for the day. It may seem like a lot of work in the beginning but it will save you time when it's time to make your smoothies fresh each day.
Place everything in individual freezer bags. This keeps everything fresh so your product doesn't go bad. Super important! I use to keep my produce in the refrigerator and some items would go bad before I could use them. This also allows you to use the frozen items without having to use ice which waters down your smoothie.
There are many things you can put in your smoothie but here are my favorites:
Apples (adds sweetness without added sugar)
Bananas (adds sweetness without added sugar)
Blueberries (Great for fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 but be careful, your smoothie will be more brown instead of green...still delicious but still brown. lol)
Blackberries (Great antioxidants but they will also turn your smoothie brown instead of green. See where I'm going with this? lol)
Raspberries (Low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.)
Spinach (excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate as well as being a good source of magnesium, iron, and vita
Celery (Great for antioxidants but also adds a refreshing clean fresh taste. Sounds weird but it does.)
Carrots (Good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, and potassium.)
Zucchini (I know, it's not something you usually hear of people putting in their smoothies but I usually like another solid green vegetable paired with the spinach. It's packed with beneficial nutrients and it's a heart-healthy vegetable!)
Cucumbers (They are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration! Plus it gives your smoothie a refreshing crisp taste as well. If you like cucumber water, you instantly know what I'm talking about.)
It's also important to note that raspberries and blackberries have seeds in them so if you use them, keep this in mind. This doesn't bother me since my Ninja Bullet crushes them for the most part.
The Making of a Great Smoothie
You can use your blender or your Ninja Bullet (Nutri Bullet if you have one).
This is where prepping your frozen produce comes in handy because you can add a little or a lot of whatever you want in your smoothie and change it up from one day to the next. Sometimes I put a little of everything in it!
Smoothies are perfect for people like me who don't eat heavy in the morning or need a lunch that is travel friendly while you are running errands.
Just add your fruit and/or vegetables, then add Oat Milk and cashew yogurt for thickness, blend well, and enjoy! Let me know what you guys think!
Recipe for those who have asked:
● 1 cup of spinach
● 3 slices of cucumber
● 1/2 a carrot
● 1 small handful of blueberries
● 2 slices of apples
● 1/4 banana (or more if you like bananas)
● Add specialty fruit (2 slices of Peaches or 3
strawberries or 3 slices of Pears which has
surprisingly been my favorite.)
● 1 cup of Oat Milk (optional: soak chia seeds in
Oat milk overnight and add in the smoothie.)
● 1/2 cup of water
Note: If you are starting with all frozen items, you won't have to use ice which waters down the smoothie.