Confession time...I am a big time green smoothie addict, they are my breakfast six or seven times out of the week, when I go away on business or vacation I crave them, last time I visited my parents I even got my Mom to try a few! Obviously they are good for you, its a glass jam packed with fresh vegetables and fruit, but more importantly they taste good, there is limitless variety and are a great way to use up last little bits of produce.
I feel pretty good about this addiction, it's a craving for the vitality and energy that I feel from treating myself well. Green smoothies are essentially like having a salad for breakfast, which now that I type it probably doesn't sound that appealing, the quantity of fiber, nutrients and good fat keep me satiated till lunch, no problem. Plus blending the greens makes it easier for our bodies to absorb the good stuff. It's easy to blend up the night before, store in large Ball Jars and keep in the fridge for an on-the-go breakfast. The quantity that I blend makes enough for two large smoothies, I love to "cook" once and eat twice.
The Five Stages of Smoothie Addiction
Stage 1) Simple Green Smoothie Their recipes are 60% fruit/40% greens so it is a great way to get your taste buds (and eyeballs) acclimated to green smoothies. Additionally, there is a Facebook community, blog, Instagram and weekly emails that will help with any questions, moral support and recipes.
Stage 2) Start stepping up the greens slowly, getting creative with the Simple Green Smoothie recipes and ease into a 5-7 day a week habit, repeat for many weeks.
Stage 3) Next, switch to Kimberly Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie (40% fruit/60% greens) and follow religiously, repeat for one week before getting bored.
Stage 4) Realize you can switch up your fruit in the GGS and start combining the SGS with the GGS for variety, add superfoods for even more benefits and tasty combinations.
Stage 5) After months of following others recipes and feeling a slump come on, avoid going crazy by getting crazy creative...melon mint, cherry cacao, sweet potato and ginger, pina colada, etc and smile.
What you see above are the ingredients for my Monday/Tuesday breakfast:
4 large overflowing handfuls of greens
2-3 cups of pineapple and cantaloupe
4 tsp of spirulina
1 cup watermelon aqua fresca (basically blended watermelon)
virgin coconut oil
After 7 months of making these on the regular, I'm pretty comfortable with lots and lots of greens, minimum fruit and the general ratio of greens:fruits:fats, but it came from following others recipes first and learning what flavor combos tickled my taste buds.
Pro Tip 2: Before I got a fancy schmancy blender my Dad saw me struggling to get my greens to blend up, being an engineer he made the astute observation to slowly add my greens, one small hand full at a time, to the liquid which was a HUGE help.
Pro Tip 3: Look for spinach and kale that you steam in the bag, it is cheaper. The kale and spinach will be larger, not small and tender, but your pulverizing the shit out of them so tenderness doesn't matter. Also, I have mistakenly bought baby kale, that stuff is tart, like ruin your smoothie tart. As the greens grow the flavor is spread across more mass, making the kale less potent tasting once it reaches full size harvest, at least that is my unprofessional theory on why that happens.
Pro Tip 4: Your freezer is your friend. Brown spotted bananas? Peel, slice and freeze each banana in a separate container so you can add them directly into your blender. Apples about to go bad? Slice into quarters, core and freeze. Less than fresh greens? Grab a ziplock and freeze! Never let your produce go bad again, blend it!
Taking it back to why I started this in the first place, my mental wellness. When I switched from greek yogurt to green smoothies I had more energy, made better food choices throughout the day, and again I feel like these directly help my skin be bright and happy while being more confident and calm. Will I probably live longer and with less disease, yes, and I will do it with amazing skin and long lean limbs. Here's to vanity helping me make better choices!