The Best Green Smoothie

There are a few reasons why this particular Green Smoothie is my favourite. First, is the two heaping cups of leafy greens that you get. Leafy greens are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health and boost weight loss.

Kale, one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, it a nutrition powerhouse. Not even spinach can come close to the number of nutrients it provides. It has a high concentration of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K and sulphur-containing phytonutrients. Kale is also beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, hair and strong bones, as well as helping with digestion and lowering the risk for heart disease. Not to be outdone, spinach too remains a nutrient dense foods as it is packed with vitamins A, C and folate. It's an excellent promoter of cardiovascular health and magnesium in spinach works toward healthy blood pressure levels as well. Spinach contains kaempferol, a strong antioxidant that prevents the formation of cancerous cells. Finally, it protects your brain function from premature aging and slows old age related effects on your mental capabilities.

Second, this recipe is really simple. I mean it's five ingredients! Even better, you can prep ahead of time so you can save time in the morning. I get little ziplock bags an in each one I put in the banana (broken into pieces) and pear then store them in the freezer. Now if you wanted you could portion out the kale and spinach too and keep them in ziplock bags in the fridge as well.

Third, this thing tastes awesome. The fruit really dominates in this smoothie so if your worried about it tasting too "green" don't be!

I love that even if I fall off the wagon at lunch or dinner that I already hit my body with two of the best possible foods out there first thing in the morning. And getting two servings of vegetables before lunch is pretty decent if you ask me.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 frozen banana

Step 1: Add the kale, spinach and milk in the blender and blend until everything is broken down into green liquid.

Step 2: Add in the banana and pear and blend until thick smoothie consistently.

Note: The original recipe calls for a drizzle of honey when you add the banana & pear but I really don't think it needs it. But if you have a sweet tooth go for it.

Nutritional Info:

Kale ( 1 cup) 70 calories, 0g fat, 4g protein, 10g carbs, 5 g fiber

Spinach ( 1 Cup) 7 Calories, 0.12g Fat, 0.86g Protein, 1.09g Carbs., 4.3 Fiber

Banana ( 1 med) 105 Calories, 0.4g Fat, 1.3g Protein, 27g Carbs., 3.1g Fiber

Pear ( 1/2 ) 51 Calories, 0.1 Fat, 0.3g Protein, 13.5g Carbs., 3g Fiber

1% Milk ( 1/ 2 cup) 55 calories, 1.3g Fat, 4.5g Protein, 6g Carbs, 0 Fiber

Total: 288 Calories, 1.92g Fat, 11g Protein, 57.6g Carbs, 15.4g Fiber

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