Veggie-Based Smoothies

To put more veggies in smoothies is my new goal for healthier eating this month! I don’t love very many veggies unless they’re grilled or tossed in olive oil, honestly & fructose makes fruit so enjoyable & thus, so delicious & natural sounding in a breakfast smoothie. I decided I needed to be making even healthier smoothies, for me & my breastfeeding son, by including at least 2 vegetables (besides spinach or kale) in the mix or blend. Here are a couple smoothie recipes I have tried out lately & think you’ll like, but you don’t have to take my word for it!

In the berry cream smoothie pictured above I had:

8 ozs. coconut water

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of PB powder

1 scoop of vanilla flavored pea-plant protein (Vega brand)

& then the following fruits & veggies:

1/2 cucumber (peeled & chopped….I could hardly taste it, actually)

1/2 avocado (very grateful to my Facebook cronies who recommended that creamy additive, especially as I’ve been dairy free for about 6 months now & miss doing yogurt in my smoothies)

1/2 c. spinach

1 frozen acai berry packet

4-5 strawberries (large ones) 1/2 carton of blackberries, & fresh squeezed orange juice.

1/2 carton of blackberries

fresh squeezed orange juice (from 1 orange)

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The green smoothie I made this morning goes as follows:

1/2 c. green kale (chopped finely)

1 c. almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 medium banana (sliced)

1/2 c. fresh spinach

1/2 c. frozen unsweetened pineapple (chopped)

1/2 c. sliced strawberries

Enjoy my friends & may your goals to make yummy, filling smoothies continue to be successful & fun! And it goes without saying, if you like your smoothies more creamy than leave them as the recipes indicate, but you can always add regular water to make the smoothie more watery & easier to drink down without grabbing a spoon to scrape it out. 😉 More smoothie recipes to come!  -Katie

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