meatless monday :: Green Smoothie

Just because St.Patrick’s Day is over, doesn’t mean you should stop eating, and drinking, green! Broccoli, spinach, granny smith apples…. some of the best-for-you foods are green.

A great way to sneak in a serving of greens is blending them into a smoothie. Kale, spinach and swiss chard are all blend-able options, but if you’ve never tried a green smoothie before, start with spinach (the flavor is so mild, you really don’t taste it).

Try this basic recipe and then experiment with your favorite smoothie ingredients.

Green Smoothie

1 cup greens
1 frozen banana, cut into pieces (frozen is the secret to a creamier smoothie)
1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy- coconut, almond, rice milk etc.)
a dash of sweetener to taste if needed

  1. Place ingredients into high-powered blender in order listed.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds until smooth.

Optional add-ins

  • Vanilla extract
  • ½ cup berries
  • 1 Tbsp nut butter
  • 1 Tbsp flax or chia seeds
  • sprinkling of shredded coconut

What is your favorite smoothie ingredient?