I started drinking smoothies about a year and a half ago after finding the most wonderful vegan blog online by Angela Liddon called Oh, She Glows and her Green Monster Movement. At the time, I remember feeling like I needed more fruits and veggies in my diet. I had just finished a cleanse and didn't want to fall back on my progress. I also wanted to have something easy to consume first thing in the morning. Smoothies were the perfect solution. I have tinkered with the recipe since I first attempted it and am now super comforted by the creamy, sweet and tangy breakfast food. It's the best way for me to start my workday. Being an assistant for an accounting firm requires alertness and energy to get through the day. I feel my green smoothies get me through it!
Since increasing the amount of fruits and veggies I consume, I have reaped many benefits. An increase in energy occurred, as well as a lessening of anxiety symptoms and my skin cleared up. I find I don't crave junk foods anymore although I love Black's brand of dark chocolate; their mint and their ginger chocolate bars rock. I still have my days of eating birthday cake at work (it's always somebody's bday!) and snacking unhealthfully during a good movie but that is part of life, I suppose. My goal is to one day consume only whole foods. I try to get there everyday.
Until that perfect day stretches into weeks, here's the recipe for a delicious smoothie to get the day started on the right foot. Feel free to add protein powder if that is your thing and change up the fruit or greens if you have something else in the fridge. Tropical frozen fruit makes for a sweeter shake while kale and Swiss chard may need to be cooked slightly to ease digestion.
2 large cups
2 medium bananas, chopped
1-2 cups of frozen berries
2-3 tbs of ground flax seeds
2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1 handful of baby spinach
1-2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Place all of the ingredients into the blender and blend (pulsating several times).
This recipie makes 2 servings.