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Green smoothies love you and your body.

It’s a way to pack leafy greens – which contain more vitamins and minerals than any other food group – into an easy to drink, delicious tasting drinks. You can boost your immune system, fight disease with powerful antioxidants, improve health and longevity, and naturally boost your energy.

It’s the best kind of fast food there is.

I love this smoothie – I drink one big glass in the morning and I am ready to take on the day – full of energy and healthy greens.

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So let’s break this bad boy down, shall we?

Avocado – Full of brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, inflammation reducing antioxidants, and blood pressure reducing potassium (30% more than a banana!).

Kale – High in digestive-aiding fiber, liver boosting iron, and vision boosting Vitamin A.

Apple – Adds a bit of sweetness plus endurance boosting antioxidants, and immune helping Vitamin C.

Spinach – One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, containing cancer fighting antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and 40% of your magnesium requirement daily.

Coconut Water – Nature’s gatorade, full of dietary fiber, enzymes, Vitamin C, amino acids, and potassium.

Mint – A touch of minty freshness finishes this drink beautifully and will aid digestion, clear up your skin, and stimulate your senses.

Energy Boosting Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 4 leaves kale, stems removed
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 handful loose spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves

Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until green and smooth. Drink right away – perhaps with an earth-friendly stainless steel straw.

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Here are some of their tips for a great green smoothie experience:

For the best ratio, follow the 60/40 formula. For example: 3 cups fruit, 2 cups dark leafy greens, 1-2 cups of water. Makes 32-40 oz or 4-5 cups.

If bitter or too “green tasting,” add an extra dose of nature’s sweetener. Sometimes, smoothies can taste a little bitter or overpowering from the leafy greens. To fix this, just add a natural sweetener such as bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates.

For optimal nutrient content, drink your smoothie right away. Fresh is always best, but sometimes you will have leftovers. Store in airtight containers, like a mason jar with lid, to limit oxidation (which breaks down nutrients and changes the color.) You can keep green smoothies in the fridge for 24 – 48 hours.

Change up your liquid base from time to time. Water is a great base for green smoothies, but it’s nice to change it up and incorporate more nutrients and vitamins occasionally. Coconut water is low in fat and calories, yet high in potassium, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. For a more creamy texture, add unsweetened nut milks to your smoothies like almond milk or coconut milk, which are packed with bone-building calcium and vitamin E.

Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits and veggies.

19 Comments

19 Responses to Energy Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

  1. olga says:

    That smoothie looks amazing, I have a mint obsession !! Mint makes everything !

  2. Betsy Guthrie says:

    OK – now that I have my juicer and I am going to try this. You have opened up a whole new world to me!!!

  3. Nish says:

    Could you give some recommendations on juicers? I want to incorporate juicing into my life in 2014.

  4. becca says:

    Hi Nish! For a basic beginner juicer, I recommend this model by Breville: http://amzn.to/1cJ9sik

  5. Carol says:

    I also freeze my fresh spinach and kale which keeps it from wilting so fast when just in the fridge. I have been using the NutriBullet daily for over a year and love, love, love it! Super easy clean-up and you can screw on a little rim and drink right out of mixer cup.

  6. becca says:

    Hi Carol! Great idea of freezing for on-the-go mornings.

  7. han says:

    can you show me some smoothies which can make my skin more smooth and pinky-white

  8. becca says:

    Hi han! I would try adding strawberries and cucumber to your smoothies to improve skin. But really all leafy greens are super alkalizing and your skin will love it.

  9. Christina says:

    I really tried to love juicing but there’s just too much sugar. Chia helps regulate blood sugar as well as being packed with nutrients. I like my smoothies a little…a lot…more indulgent with more goodies disguised as nutrients! This is what I drink every day, twice a day (makes enough for 2 12 oz. glasses), everything but the milk (hormone free) and banana are organic:

    12 oz. milk
    2 tbsp. finely ground chia seeds (whipped up in little coffee/spice grinder)
    2 tbsp. natural cocoa (not Dutch)…or more!
    1 banana
    1 packed cup greens (kale, chard, spinach)
    raw agave to taste
    water to adjust consistency

    It’s rich and satisfying, and as a hard core chocoholic that won’t pass up a chance to make anything chocolate, this really hits that spot!

  10. Sherry says:

    I love blending about any fruit with almond milk and spinach or kale and sometimes a little lemon zest adds a little kick to the smoothie as well.

  11. becca says:

    I’ve been adding lemons (with the rind) lately and loving it, Sherry!

  12. Your smoothie looks perfect. I just love that it have avocado in it. I might just add some ground chia or flax seeds.Pinning this one . Thanks

  13. Jacque says:

    I tried the 60/40 idea, and my, it is bitter enough for me. Thanks for this suggestion!

  14. susie says:

    what about protein? are you a believer in 100 grams a protein a day necessary intake? if so, would you add some to your smoothie? or do you feel you don’t need it all morning? thanks! trying to reconcile all the info out there…

    • Becca says:

      I sometimes add in seeds for protein (hemp hearts, flax, pumpkin, and sesame are my fave) or plant-based protein powder from Amazing Meal or Vega.

  15. Lily says:

    Hey guys! I love this smoothie recipe… It looks amazing and tasty… But I have a problem, I live in Colombia and we don’t have kale here. That vegetable has so many properties and I really like to use it but we dont have it. Could you tell me an option forma replace it?

  16. Braylynn says:

    Can you pretty much just mix in whatever fruits you would like into this same recipe and it would still taste good?

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