It’s Monday. I decided to start my week of right with my very first green smoothie. I’ve had the pre made ones from the grocery store, but haven’t made my own green smoothie before. I just started reading Beth Aldrich’s book “Real Moms Love to Eat“ and I must admit, it’s the first book I’ve read in a long time and the first book that actually got me excited about eating healthy.
One of the things that Beth talks about is getting the day started with a green smoothie. I was a little concerned about how this was going to taste, but I knew with a little apple juice and a scoop of Big Train Vanilla Fit Frappe for my dose of protein it was going to be okay. Well, it was more that just okay. I was pleasantly surprised how good it tasted and how good it made me feel to drink my veggies!
The book suggests:
1 frozen banana or 1/2 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.)
1 cup fresh organize juice (apple orange, pineapple, etc.)
1 scoop powdered raw greens (find them in a health food store) or 1 handful fresh greens (i.e. baby lettuce, kale, spinach)
1 scoop protein powder (whey, rice, hemp or soy are good choices or you can buy plain or flavored)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
A few ice cubes
You can use optional flavoring: 1 tablespoon of peanuts or other nut butter, 1 tablespoon raw cacao or cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon instant coffee, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavored extract, dash of cinnamon
Optional sweetener: 1 tablespoon agave nectar, real maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or granulated raw sugar
You can experiment with all kinds of different combinations and use your creativity!
Here’s what I used this morning:
A handful of romain lettuce
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed (I love this stuff!)
1 scoop of Big Train Vanilla Fit Frappe (My favorite protein powder. So yummy!)
I’m out of fruit at the moment so I had a green smoothie with just veggies. I can’t believe how delicious this smoothie was! I drank it down in just a few gulps. I feel great! Can’t wait to explore more combinations with fruits and veggies now.
I am really enjoying Beth’s book. I highly recommend it! The perfect book for busy moms that enjoy eating and isn’t interested in taking away the things we love. It allows me to have fun with food without the “can’t eat this or that” regimen that really isn’t for me. Loving all kinds of food and enjoying eating it all and making healthy choices along the way… that’s for me.
Have a great week, my friends!