Collard greens without cornbread! I know it sounds crazy, but this smoothie is delicious and rich in calcium for the dairy-free Guru;-) Last week, I gave you recipes that would help your taste buds get adjusted to green smoothies. This week I am going to take your taste buds to another level. If you can not get pass the thought of drinking other kinds of greens besides spinach and kale, you can always go back to a previous recipe until you are ready to move on. Remember….keep an open mind, sip slowly, and enjoy your healthy journey. Health is Wealth!
1 cup of organic collard leaves-Which is about 2-3 leaves finely chopped or you can tear the leaves into smaller pieces.
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of filtered water
1 frozen medium banana
1/2 cup of mangoes
1 tsp of melted Extra Virgin Coconut Oil-Coconut oil is known to enhance energy level as well as help with the absorption of vitamins and minerals, which is why I add it to almost all of my smoothies. I even use it in my oatmeal.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for about two minutes. Collard greens are a little tougher than spinach or kale, so you need to blend it a little longer.
Busy morning, late blog…..Okay, so this is not a green smoothie, but it will help keep you on track during the weekend. If you are anything like me and probably a large percentage of people in the world, you treat yourself on the weekends to a nice decadent dessert!!! Well, that is great, but we are on a different mental level for at least nine more days..longer would be ideal! This is one of my favorite go to smoothies whenever I am craving sweets or ice cream. As the years have passed, I have developed an allergic demon of all things dairy!!! Which has not stopped me from satisfying my sweet soul. It is all about creativity. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do. If you are not a big fan of bananas, use extra blueberries. Health is Wealth!!!!
1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries
1 frozen medium banana
1 cup of rice milk, unsweetened coconut milk, or plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp of raw honey
Blend ingredients until smooth and sip slowly from your favorite glass. Makes about two servings.
*Calories=about 268 Fat=0g Sugar=about 40g
Protein=about 3g Fiber=about 4.96g
*Calculations are based on the choice of using rice milk. Add 6-7 more grams of sugar, 100 more calories, and 18 grams more protein if you are using 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt.
T.G.I.F!!!! I need a tall glass of “The Blues” which is my go to smoothie whenever I am craving ice cream or sugary foods. I’ll be posting the recipe soon!!! If you are anything like me you like to do your grocery shopping during the weekend. I thought you would appreciate a list of all the things that you will need for next week’s smoothies. I hope that you have enjoyed them so far and I look forward to hearing more of your comments;-) Have fun shopping!
1 bunch of organic spinach
1 bunch of curly kale-Rinse, place separately on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Place in a freezer bag after freezing and the greens will last 10-12 months. I usually just rinse and place them in the bag, but separating them before freezing will help when you are measuring.
3 small ripe avocados
1-2 bunches of ripe medium bananas- Bananas for smoothies are best when ripe! You will be able to taste the difference if they are not ripe enough.
coconut, rice, almond, soy, or skim milk
plain Greek yogurt
frozen organic blueberries
1 bunch of organic collard greens- Rinse, place separately on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Place in a freezer bag after freezing and the greens will last 10-12 months. I usually just rinse and place them in the bag, but separating them before freezing will help when you are measuring.
fresh or frozen organic strawberries
small jar of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
gallon of filtered water
on the go smoothie cup…some have the straw already included;-)
1 bunch of dandelion greens-Rinse, place separately on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Place in a freezer bag after freezing and the greens will last 10-12 months. I usually just rinse and place them in the bag, but separating them before freezing will help when you are measuring.
Day four and I am feeling FABULOUS!!!! I posted this smoothie before, but I added a little kick, kale. This smoothie is worth celebrating. You will need a juicer to juice the celery. I do not recommend blending the celery in a blender unless it’s very high-tech like the Vita-mix. Enjoy!
1 cup of organic celery juice- Wash a stalk of organic celery throughly before juicing. Set your juicer on low and feed a few stalks in at a time. The low setting will allow the highest concentration of nutrients to be extracted
2 frozen medium bananas- Peel and freeze the night before
*Optional: raw honey
Calories= about 350 Fat=0g Fiber=about 11g
Protein=about 6g Sugar=about 55g (5 grams less without the honey )
I hope that you are enjoying your smoothies so far this week. Remember, if your body does not agree with some of the ingredients, add more of what it does agree with. For example, this smoothie has a frozen banana as an ingredient, instead, use 1/2 cup more of frozen mangoes and it will be just as delicious! Health is Wealth!!!
1 cup/handful of organic spinach
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of filtered water
1/2 cup of frozen mangoes-About 7-8 pieces
1 frozen medium banana-Peel before freezing;-)
*optional-1 tsp of raw honey for added sweetness, which adds 5 more grams of sugar.
Combine orange juice, filterd water, frozen mangoes, and banana until smooth. Add spinach until it is well blended. Makes about two servings. You may also add ground flax seed for extra fiber and omegas. Enjoy!
Here is your first 14 day green smoothie challenge recipe. Kale is one of my favorite greens. I use it in almost all of my smoothies. I hope it becomes one of your favorites.
1 cup of organic curly kale or lacinto kale, which has darker leaves-This is about 4 to 5 thoroughly washed leaves that you have to peel off the stem before blending or you can chop them up.
1/2 cup of fresh papaya-About 4 to 5 pieces…Peel the skin first, then cut the papaya in half. Take the tiny black seeds out and cube. This can be a little messy, but your digestive system will thank you for it. I usually squirt the juice of a lime on it after I cut it into cubes. There are two type, you want the larger one. Smaller one is a little sweeter, but I always get the larger one from Meijer or Trader Joe’s, because I use it so often. Make sure that it is yellowish orange and not all green. Having a firm to the touch feel, but not hard.
*you should pick one that looks like this
3/4 cup of frozen pineapples
1 cup of filtered water or 1 cup of organic apple juice if you need it sweeter
Combine kale and juice in a blender. Add papaya and frozen pineapples until smooth. This will make about two servings. I try to use five ingredients or less to allow proper digestion. Let me know what you think about it. Enjoy!!
Calories=about 277g Fat=0 Sugar=about 43g(less if you use just filtered water, which is just as yummy)
Fiber=about 6g for freshly juiced apples with peel/4.90g using organic apple juice from the store
Protein=about 2g*You may add a handful of spinach and a scoop of Raw Protein powder for extra protein
I know some of you are probably thinking, I’ll read about her green smoothies and maybe try a few, but I am not going to do it for 14 days!!! Trust me, you will not taste the spinach or kale if you follow my recipes. If you take this 14 day journey with me, I promise you will feel the difference in the clarity of your thinking, the regularity of your digestive system, and so much more. Keeping a food journal will help you stay on track.
So let’s start tomorrow! I will post a new smoothie each day for you. I usually have a smoothie in the morning and one in the evening after working out. Keep a log of what you eat each day, being mindful of the sugar intake. I emphasis this because some of the smoothies will satisfy this intake. Just because it is natural sugar does not mean that it will not negatively effect your body’s sugar level. Being mindful of what you put in your body as well as how much of it, will help you achieve optimal health. I can not wait to hear from you!!!
Health is Wealth;-)
*I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or any other certified health practitioner. I just love feeding my body in a healthy way and smoothies have been one of the best ways for me. I have done a lot of research and I love to share what I have learned. Some of my smoothie recipes may not fit your basic needs, but I hope that you will keep an open mind. Remember to listen to your body. What works for me, may not work for you.;-) Health is Wealth!!!