I make green smoothies every day for my family. They are delicious and nutritious! I like to mix/change up the greens every day for the purpose of getting different nutritional benefits from the different types of greens. At the moment, our garden is producing some wonderful greens that we can use for our breakfasts such as spinach, kale, arugula, tat soi, and lemon balm.
I have never actually tried lemon balm leaves on anything until today. I decided to try it out in our smoothies. And, it worked out pretty well!
In a large mixing bowl, put about 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of baking powder in with water. Mix it up, and soak your veggies/fruits for a few minutes and then rinse your produce.
Here is another healthy smoothie idea. Instead of using the traditional banana to create a rich and smooth texture for the smoothie, today I used an avocado instead. Both are delicious, but the avocado makes it a bit thicker, which I like, but if you are not a fan of thick smoothies, just add more coconut water and ice.
(serves 3 to 4 people)
3 to 4 cups of kale
1 cup of mixed fruit (I used one peeled and seeded orange and 1/2 cup of mixed berries: black berries, blueberries, and raspberries.)
1.5 to 2 cups of coconut water
4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1 large carrot (optional)
5 dates (pitted)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of ice
Place all ingredients in your vitamix blender and blend until you have no lumps.
* Note: if you don’t have a Vitamix blender, you may want to omit the dates and replace it with the agave nectar (to sweeten). Also, I like my smoothies thick, but if you want yours a bit thinner, you may add more non-dairy milk, ice, or water. And, if you want to make this a RAW smoothie, use raw coconut water.
This is a super healthy drink….iron, vitamin c, calcium, vitamin a, vitamin k, and much more. It is important for us to have green smoothies every day, so I have to change it up a bit each time so my family doesn’t get bored with it.
Kiwi is awesome and packs so much vitamin c. This will help your body absorb the iron from the dates and spinach more efficiently. I have also added some protein, omega 3s, b12, a little bit of grains and other awesome goodness for your body. Enjoy!
1 orange (peeled)
1 cup of fresh spinach
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of raw wheat germ
2 to 3 medjool dates
1 cup of nut milk (almond, hemp, hazelnut, etc.)
1 tsp spirulina
1 cup of ice
Directions: blend together for a minute or two….preferably in a VITAMIX blender.