In the last few months my husband and I have started making smoothies for breakfast. If I don’t have one for breakfast I will often have one later in the day to fight that mid-day slump. My husband makes kale shakes which include kale, ginger, kiwi, pear or apple, and a banana. Although they are a stunning shade of green they do not smell very appetizing. I think it is the kale-ginger combo but I haven’t been brave enough to taste one yet.
Smoothies are a great way to include fruits and veggies into your daily diet. When I drink one I notice increased energy levels, better digestive health, and fewer cravings. Many people also report weight loss and a healthier appearance to their skin. There are hundreds of different smoothie combinations out there but here is my usual recipe:
- water (about 1 1/2 cups)
- fresh baby spinach (1 handful)
- frozen strawberries (about 1 cup, maybe 1 1/2 cups)
- frozen blueberries (about 1/2 – 3/4 cup)
- banana (1, unfrozen)
- chia seeds (1 Tbs)
I just eyeball the amounts of each ingredient so you can adjust them however you want. If you don’t have chia seeds don’t fret, they are just for added nutritional benefit and don’t affect the flavor of the smoothie at all. Also, please give the spinach a try, I promise you won’t taste it and the added fiber and nutrients are great for you!
Combine all ingredients in a blender. I always put the water in first, it just seems to blend easier that way. Blend until smooth. I use setting 4 on my blender. I think this is about a medium speed.
Drink and enjoy!