GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE

When the whole "green smoothie" trend started, I was convinced everyone else was "in" on some sick joke that I was unaware of. I remember seeing a write-up that COSMOPOLITIAN Magainze published a few years back recommending that readers start their morning with a banana, lime, pineapple and kale smoothie. I was so excited to give it a go and was determined that the really poor quality blender my family owned would do just the trick. After managing to make the world's thickest "smoothie," (let's be honest - I may or may not have placed the entire lime, peels and all in the blender) I sat down to give my masterpiece a test taste. I could've gagged. Seriously. I laughed it off and convinced myself that that magazine (and every other person for that matter) was lying. A green smoothie could not and would not replace my delicious breakfast meals. Not now, not neva'

This smoothie was a game changer. Fast forward a few years and I finally had access to a high speed blender, as well as a little more basic knowledge on preparing raw fruits and veg (or at least I'd like to think that!) This smoothie is refreshing, delicious and filling. It is sweet, easy to digest and makes you feel like a superhero when you realize you're drinking a smoothie that is naturally greener than the grass in your backyard! GLOWING GREEN, because that is how vibrant your body and mind feels after drinking one of these.

This smoothie contains a few super-foods (but you were probably already expecting that, weren't you?) which I'll discuss further in the text below. This recipe also contains a plant based raw vegan protein powder. When I do consume packaged protein powders I make sure they are of the highest quality and type. Some brands I personally love are

SunWarrior Brand

 SunFood Brand

KaChava brand

I have used a method called Quantum Reflex Analysis to test the quality and strength of these powders, so I am sure that they are the most healthful and wholesome on the market. I enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, lunch or sometimes even dinner! Feel free to top it off with any of your favorite super-food toppings. You can shop SunFood for all of my favorite superfood here: 

SHOP SUNFOOD

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RECIPE

1 FROZEN BANANA

1 REGULAR BANANA

1 FRESH (OR 1 CUP FROZEN) MANGO

2-3 CUPS FRESH SPINACH

2 CUPS RAW COCONUT WATER

JUICE OF 1 LIME

1 TBSP. MACA POWDER

1 SCOOP RAW VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER

ICE TO BLEND

FRESH VANILLA BEAN*

 

PREPARATION

In a high speed blender, blend coconut water and spinach. Making sure that the greens are properly broken down and blended before incorporating fruit is one of my successful smoothie making secrets. Shh! This prevents your smoothie from having clumps, or over-blending the fruit which often leads to oxidation. Next, blend in all other ingredients and ice until smooth. This is when I like to pour my smoothie in a jar, swirl in some Raw Vanilla Bean powder and pop in a re-useable straw. Try this smoothie once a week for breakfast and work your way up from there! Only a few days and I guarantee this baby will have you glowing. 

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