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Creating a green smoothie – the plan

I drink a green smoothie every day. It gives me a large dose of greens, it’s easy and palatable, great for my body and skin and jam-packed full of nutrients. I think drinking a green drink like this, is the first step in creating a lifestyle that fights disease. Green smoothies are easy to make, you just need a plan….

The Green Smoothie Plan

1. The base

  • Unsweetened non-dairy milk – examples include, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk
  • Plus water.
  • Experiment with the amount that best suits you… I usually add around 6oz of almond milk and 6oz water.

2. The greens

  • Pick your greens (one or many)… examples are: Kale, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion, beet greens, collards, parsley, mint.
  • Rotate your greens. It is advisable to not use the same greens every day for a long period of time. For more information on why you should rotate your greens see Rotate your Greens.
  • Trader Joes and Costco have an organic blend of bagged power greens which include a variety of greens… great for making green smoothies. As an example, I use half a bag of Trader Joes Power Greens in each smoothie and sometimes add additional parsley or mint.

3. The fruit

  • Banana, any berries, apple, pear, mango, avocado, peach, melon, kiwi…
  • Remember more greens than fruit. I use one piece of fruit per smoothie. If you are just starting green smoothies for the first time, you may need more fruit at first.

4. The additions

  • Supercharge your smoothie with… chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed, spirulinia, maca, goji berries, raw cacao, nut butters, protein powders, dried cranberries, fresh lemon juice.
  • As an example, this morning my green smoothie consisted of: almond milk, water, power greens (baby spinach, baby kale, chard), parsley, asian pear, hemp seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, goji berries, juice of 1 lemon.

Blend it… live life.

  • Blend together the ingredients from each section above.
  • Drink your smoothie straight away.
  • Have a happy, healthy day!

Let me know how your smoothies turn out, if you have a favorite combination, or if you are now including a green smoothie in your day. Cheers!

Creamy, fresh and easy to make.

Making almond milk and blender envy

I think almond milk is a great thing, but have you read the ingredient list on a carton of almond milk? I thought making your own almond milk would be hard, but it is so easy and delicious that I won’t be buying it at the store again.

I like my almond milk plain and unsweetened… so I used this basic almond milk recipe.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw almonds (soaked in water)

3.5 cups filtered water

 

Directions:

  1. Soak the cup of raw almonds in water overnight. I put the almonds in a container with a lid and left them in the fridge to soak.
  2. After the almonds are done soaking, rinse and drain them. Add the soaked almonds and fresh filtered water to the blender.
  3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute or so.
  4. Using a nut milk bag placed over a large jug/bowl, drain the nut mixture from the blender. Gentle squeeze the nut milk bag to release the milk from the rest of the almond mixture.
  5. Pour the almond milk into a glass bottle. The almond milk can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Optional add ins - If you prefer your almond milk sweetened or flavored, optional add ins would be: a couple of pitted dates, or a chopped vanilla bean, or 1/4tsp of cinnamon. After the almond milk is filtered through the nut bag, add it back into the blender with any of the add ins and give it a quick and final blend.

Blender envy - I used my friend’s Vitamix blender to make this batch of almond milk. It was fast, a cinch to clean up and the milk was super creamy. I’m hoping my little Oster blender will have similar results.. if not, a Vitamix will be on my Christmas list. Let me know how this goes for everyone and their blenders.

 

So healthy and so easy!