When I first started making the switch to a real food/plant-based lifestyle, one of the first things I did was added green smoothies to our daily routine. I originally called them “monster juice” just so my kids would drink them. Now we start off our morning with one of these bad boys at least 3-4 times/week.
After I started drinking green smoothies daily I was able to kick my coffee habit. Go ahead, put down the morning cup of joe, this will have you bouncing off the walls in no time!
You will need a high power blender like a Vitamix to get it silky smooth, but any simple blender will do the job. No real food kitchen should be without a Vitamix. And the money you will save by staying away from Starbucks will allow you to afford one in no time. It’s by far the BEST kitchen machine I have ever bought. I use mine at least 1-3 times per day…and that’s a slow day. If you try this in a regular blender I would play around with the proportions a bit, but you might need to add a tad more water.
Now for that smoothie.
- ½ cucumber, roughly chopped. (skin removed if not organic)
- 2-3 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
- 1 organic apple or pear, cored, seeded and quartered
- 1 ripe banana
- Handful of romaine (or whatever greens you have on hand)
- Handful of spinach (whatever greens you have on hand)
- ¼ of a lemon
- ½ inch piece of ginger
- 1-2 cups water
- Blend all together on HIGH for about 1 minute.
Couple of sprigs of cilantro
Sprig or two of parsley
1 T hemp seeds
1 T chia seeds
1 T of whole flax seeds (or ground flax meal if you don't have a high powered blender)
1-2 dates, pitted (for sweeter smoothie)
4 ice cubes (or use a frozen banana instead)
If you are missing any of the above ingredients just improvise! You don’t have to stick to the recipe exactly. The point is to just get greens in your diet, detox your body and start your day with green energy!
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and tag us @realfood_life or hashtag it #realfoodlife. I’d love to see what you make!
Until next time, keep it real.
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