A glass of green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away.
Recipes around the World: Universal Green Smoothie
I’ve been making my green smoothies almost every morning for years now. What started as a simple step to improve my diet, turned into a lifelong healthy habit. Slowly but surely, my husband got into a habit of drinking a big glass of green smoothie every morning before going to work. For somebody who doesn’t crave heavy breakfast, it sustains him until lunchtime.
Speaking about winning people to this green smoothie, everybody who stays at our place more than a day drinks it together with us. For those days I usually double the amount of ingredients and serve it for everybody. Like it or not, but you have to drink it (just kidding).
I came across many variations of green smoothies over the past few years. I tried some of them, modified other recipes, and disregarded the rest completely. There’re a few things that important for me when making the green smoothie. First, since we usually drink this super healthy elixir in the morning, it has to be easy to make. Who wants to spend hours and hours in the kitchen when your stomach is growling? Second, I like my green smoothie light. No heavy ingredients, no protein powder (you can definitely add it to your smoothie. I personally can’t tolerate protein powders in mine. I tried different ways to include it in my green smoothie, but it tasted too creamy for me.) Third, I need my green smoothie to have a nice, but not overpowering sweet taste. Thus, I’m not hesitant to add more fruits to achieve it.
The good thing about the green smoothie, you can match and mismatch and use any ingredients you have at home. Additionally, you don’t have to measure everything precisely.
Benefits of Green Smoothie
Eat your veggies! Does it sound familiar? I’m sure, growing up all of us heard our moms saying this phrase every day. They went on explaining that the vegetables help us grow strong and stay healthy. Every mom added a few more convincing words to encourage us to eat healthy food.
Well, all moms around the world are of course right. Veggies, especially green, leafy plants, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and amino acids, which build protein, prevent and repair damage in your body. While you might not always have time to eat big salad, drinking a glass of green smoothie allows you to get your daily greens fast and easy. Moreover, fruits or berries add antioxidants to your smoothie to help with rejuvenation. On top of that, blending helps your body absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from your greens and fruits.
Serves 2-3 people
- 4 cups chopped spinach
- 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce (you can substitute it for kale, but make sure to blend it thoroughly)
- 1 cup water (you can use more to make your smoothie thinner)
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1 banana
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro or parsley (optional)
- Pour water into the blender, add the spinach and romaine, and blend until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Pour into the glass and enjoy!
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