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Monday, February 11, 2013
Yunny Green Smoothie
This morning I made a super simple smoothie that knocked my socks off. All you need is a blender and the following ingredients:
2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen mango
1 cup fresh cut pineapple
2 handfuls of baby spinach
ice (if desired)
Add enough water to blend and enjoy, that’s it! Forget the dehydrating morning latte and get the glow with a Green Smoothie instead. This recipe tastes like a dream come true and will make about 32oz.
Great for weight loss, digestive health, supporting the immune system, and as a healthy and filling snack. After a couple of weeks you’ll have that ‘Glow’ – glowing skin, hair, nails, even eyes get brighter! Who doesn’t want that?!
Try any combo you like, all you need is a base of bananas, fruit of your choice and a couple handfuls of your favorite green (I like spinach as it has a really mild flavor that blends well).
Does the green color turn you off? Here’s another great recipe, not green in color but still has the amazing benefits of your typical green smoothie – just hidden behind the red/purple color of delicious berriesThis is great for kids or family members who are opposed to anything green, they’ll never know – it will be our little secret! Shhhh!
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 small handful of baby spinach
ice (if desired)
Add all ingredients to the blender with enough water to blend and enjoy! This recipe also makes 1 qt (32oz) Keep in mind, the more berries, the brighter the color. The more spinach you add, the more green/brown your smoothie will be.
Don’t be afraid of ripe bananas! If they start to get too ripe, simply peel ‘em and freeze ‘em to use later!
Go ahead, try it, I know you want to!! It may just change your life!!
Green Smoothie FAQ:
People always ask me what kind of blender I use and recommend. I make all my smoothies using a VitaMixwhich is a super awesome, state of the art, amazing, must have high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will get you the creamy consistency that you desire. I love, love, LOVEmy VitaMixand highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, Hamilton Beachmakes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmartor Target.
If you can not do bananas for any reason simply leave it out or substitute any other fruit you like. If you want a creamier consistency, you can substitute avocado or coconut meat/flakes instead of the banana.
If you cannot have the fruits listed, simply use any fruits that you CAN have. Same goes for the spinach. If you can’t use spinach, you can substitute any green leafy vegetable of your choice; swiss chard, kale, romaine, arugula, etc. The basic recipe is fruit + greens + water.
If you want the smoothie to be BRIGHT green as pictured, use only lighter colored fruits like pineapple, green grapes, kiwi, green apples, yellow raspberries, pear, orange, etc. If you add darker fruits like strawberries, cherries, etc your smoothie will turn out to be more of a brown color – still DELICIOUS, just not as vibrantly green as in the pictures above.
Can I add yogurt or milk to my green smoothie?I am a firm believer in proper food combining. Dairy does not combine well with fruit and will cause fermentation, yeast, digestive issues, and will not aid in weight loss. That’s the reason I don’t recommend adding yogurt or any other dairy products. Believe me, you will be satisfied with the smoothies, the recipe will make about a quart which will definitely fill you up!!
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If you are constantly rushing out the door in the morning, you can make your smoothies the night before. They will last in the fridge for up to 24hrs.
If you are REALLY pressed for time, you can make all your green smoothies for the week then freeze them. Each night remove one and let thaw on the counter or in the fridge so that the next morning it’s ready to go.
A lot of people ask how many calories are in the Green Smoothie. I don’t EVER worry about calories! When you’re eating whole foods, especially raw unprocessed fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to!! That’s what is SO LIBERATING about it!! If you must know, you can use an online calculator like fitday.combut know that those details don’t matter when you’re eating whole foods! I go into a lot more detail about this in my one-on-one sessionsif you’re interested in learning and understanding more