Go-to Green Drink

Here’s the sad truth… I’m a lazy cook. Majority of the time, I just want something quick and healthy to fill my belly. This green drink takes seconds to make and seconds to clean-up (fellow lazy cooks, rejoice!). Hence, this is our family’s go-to meal/snack everyday. The true beauty of this drink is how versatile it is. Sometimes its a sweet treat after a work out, while other times it serves the purpose of packing a full day’s worth of veggies into sippy cup.

  • Go-To Green Drink

    Go-To Green Drink

    Ingredients

    • Greens: Spinach, Kale, Chard
    • We buy a big bag of mixed greens and freeze it. These tend to be precut and pre washed (once again, lazy cooks, raise the roof!). If you would rather buy your greens individually. I find that the stem of Kale to be bitter (scrunch your face, and spit it out bitter). By freezing it, the kale leaf is easy to peel away from the stem.
    • Banana
    • This is truly the key ingredient. If you are new to green drinks, or if you are like my sisters and even the word vegetable gets your gag reflex revved up, the banana can change everything. If you feel like you can taste the greens, add an extra banana and WAH-LAH! What you once viewed as a vegetable drink will transform into an enjoyable smoothie!
    • Fruit
    • I use frozen fruit. It saves me the time of putting in ice cubes (I told you, lazy...). Fresh fruit is also delicious, but you may want to either refrigerate it before drinking, or throw in some ice cubes. Also, if you have kids that resistantly equate green with healthy(…or salads), choosing berries will turn your green drink into a purple drink! Similarly, if you or your kids hate the texture of seeds, choose fruit mixes that contain less seedy fruits like pineapple, mango, peaches, and melons.
    • Water, Coconut water, or 100% juice
    • Obviously, water is a great choice. However, often I add 100% orange, or 100% apple juice to make it a super sweet smoothie. I use this trick especially when I need my son to slurp up every last drop because it contains his supplement or crushed vitamin. For my nieces and nephews who are not huge fans of even the slightest suggestion of a "healthy drink" the secret is 100% pineapple juice. I'm telling you, it is delicious! I like my drink to be thin and easy to guzzle down so I add quite a bit of liquid.

    Instructions

    1. Add 2 cups of greens (or one big handful), 1-1/2 cup of frozen fruit, and 1 banana.
    2. Add 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of 100% orange juice (we love Florida's Natural), 1 cup 100% apple juice.
    3. Blend it and drink it up!
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I’m sure you can easily see that this recipe is adaptable to your own preferences. Add extra bananas, add more juice, add a different kind of juice, leave out the frozen fruit, etc!

A few last ideas. Adding canned (or fresh) pears gives it the full, fluffy smoothie texture. We also love to add canned peaches in 100% juice. Chia seeds are easily added for extra antioxidant, omega-3’s and fiber.

Try it out, mix it up, and make it your own…. and then come back here and let me know what your favorite combinations or additions are!GReen drink2

1 Comment

  1. by Ricki Martin on May 3, 2016  3:27 am Reply

    This is fabulous! I can't wait to try some of these recipes. Way to Go!

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