has done amazing things for my health, and frankly I'm shocked I haven't shared it before. It starts my day with a health dose of greens (and some lovely, bright citrus). Add in a healthy lunch, and I've front loaded my day beautifully, with good fuel for my body.
The best part? This is my recipe, but it is easily adaptable for your own tastes! Plus, once you have your recipe, it is so quick to make this, and easy to take along. Perfect for those hectic school mornings. A quick, healthy breakfast, on-the-go! What's not to love about that?
This particular recipe reminds me of a super fresh, green version of mango lassi (one of my favorite treats at an Indian recipe).
Green Citrus Smoothie
[all my measurements are approximate, I just eyeball this baby!]
~ 1 packed cup of frozen kale*
~ 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
~ 1 - 2 sprigs of mint (to taste)
~ 1 Tbsp plain greek yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt)
~ 1/2 cup water (or coconut flavored water, yum)
~ 1/4 tsp cardamom
Optional: chia seeds or flax seeds, or if you really need energy for a big workout a small scoop of coconut oil
1. Combine all ingredients in your blender and pulse until smooth.
2. Add more water if needed to get desired consistency.
The one problem with green smoothies is that sometime people load them with so much yogurt, fruit, milk, etc that they can become a bit too sugary. Aim for mostly greens, with fruit second, and any other additions (especially anything with added sugars) a distant third. Play around and find your favorite combo (spinach instead of kale if you prefer, apples and bananas always make great additions, and citrus is such a day starter!).
Best of all, enjoy knowing that you are giving your body a great start to the day!
* About once every two weeks I buy two or three bunches of kale, wash it all, destem it and tear it up. Then I freeze it all in gallon bags. It takes me about 10 - 15 minutes, but then its all ready to go. Super easy to just pull out what I need every morning and crunch it down in the blender cup.
As for the mango, you can buy big bags of frozen mango chunks at almost any store, and then it actually lasts!
For the mint, growing it is a great option, but you can also buy containers at the store and it will freeze nicely too.