Here is my long overdue post about the amazing benefits of a Green Smoothie in your daily routine!

I have been making green smoothies every couple weeks for over 1 1/2 years!  Fruit smoothies on and off for 8 years.  I have found that it is easiest for me to make a batch for my family that will last 1-2 weeks and freeze them.  The only tricky part to this is remembering to take them out of the freezer the night before to thaw!  But I’ve been in a good rhythm to ensure myself, husband and 2 kids get our green smoothies almost everyday!

This post is a bit long, there is a lot of information to cover, mostly some {tried and true} yummy recipes and pictures that take up quite a bit of space…so read on and then go make yourself a green smoothie!

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All of the following information was taken from Robyn Openshaw’s book The Green Smoothies Diet

You can view her website GreenSmoothieGirl.com.  She has a lot of great info!

Why Green Smoothies?

    1. You’re going to eat amazingly nutritious green food you haven’t been eating, maybe ever.
    2. You don’t have to use high-fat, chemical-laden salad dressings to “get it down.”
    3. You will be living the way God or Nature has always intended you to eat, similar to the way animals related to humans eat.
    4. A high-power blender breaks down walls of cellulose better than your teeth can, making nutrition immediately available and predigested.
    5. Green smoothie prep is the highest-impact task you can undertake in your kitchen:  the highest and best use of your time.
    6. You get more live enzymes in blended green drinks than in any other food.
      1. Drinking a quart a day of green smoothie addresses what she believes is the number-one deficit in the American diet:  lack of enzymes.
    7. Smoothies retain all the fiber in the plant, without massive cleanup, compared to juicing.
    8. Green smoothies are fast to prepare and fast to eat.
    9. You have a lower impact on the environment and you’re eating lower on the food chain.
    10. Green smoothies actually taste GOOD – almost anyone will drink them, including the vegetable-phobic and the very young!

Here are a few more resources:

Good Clean Health:  This is a beautiful website showing what Good Clean Health can look like for you.

Ready to do a 10-day Eat Clean Challenge?  My friend Casey over at She Shines Wellness guides, informs and SUPPORTS your 10-days of eating as clean as you choose.  August 12th is her next start date.  I did this a few months ago and am SO glad I did.  I was able to go with almost no sugar, and have kept my lifestyle {at home} that way too!  Lots of great, super easy to understand information about all the effects that we really don’t understand that the processed foods are doing to our bodies as well as some easy healthy habits to incorporate!

“During this 10-Day Eat Clean Challenge, we will be enjoying what God has put on this planet for us to enjoy.  Lots of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and crisp, clear water.  And, of course SMOOTHIES! 
Nothing weird…no pills or artificial potions.
You will feel more energized, weight will come off, your skin will begin to glow, and you will feel like a million bucks!
You have NOTHING TO LOSE except brain fog, fatigue, and unwanted pounds!”

Now for the RECIPE you’ve been waiting for!  You can really variate on this as much or as little as possible.  If in doubt, fill your blender with some water, add a handful or two of greens and a lemon slice.  Blend until smooth, then add some fruits and ice.  Blend again & enjoy!

Green Smoothie Base Recipe

(from Robyn Openshaw, the Green Smoothie Girl)

makes 8+ cups (2.5 qts usually)

1/2 greens 1/2 fruits.  You can do less greens and more fruit while “converting”

6 Cup Serving 8+ Cup Serving

2 cups              2.5 cups Water (or part almond or coconut milk)

1 Tbsp.             2 Tbsp. refrigerated Flax Oil, 3-6-9 Omega Oil Blend

¼                      1/3 Lemon (rind and all) or 4-5 drops Lemon doTERRA Essential Oil

1/8+ cup          1/4 cup Agave or a small amt of Stevia (optional)

4 cup line        5.5 cup line Add greens until mixture:

Large handful of Kale, Collard Greens, Chard, Cabbage…so many opts!

2+ handfuls     3+ handfuls of Spinach

BLEND GREENS UNTIL SMOOTH

Add fruits:

1 – 1 ½                         2 bananas

6 – 7                 8-10 frozen Strawberries

2/3 cup            1 cup frozen Mixed Berries or Blueberries

other various fruits, whatever is in season

1                      1.5 Orange      1-2 drops Wild Orange doTERRA essential oil

1/8                   ¼ Pineapple, Cup Grapes

BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH

Tip:  add more blueberries or raspberries to make it more of a purple color than green

I usually get the spinach, kale & bananas from Costco or Walmart, greens from any grocery store, all frozen berries from Costco, other fruits from Costco, Reams or other grocery store.

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1 cup Almond or Coconut Milk

Large handful of Spinach

Blend until smooth, and then add

1 Banana; add Strawberries as well to mix it up

+/- 1 TBSP. Peanut Butter

½ tsp. Vanilla

1-2 TBSP Cacao Powder (or cocoa)

Ice

Carla’s Almond Avocado Swamp Juice

1 cup Water or Coconut Milk

1 cup Spinach + handful Kale

½ Avocado          1 Banana

Handful Almonds

1 tsp. unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Dash Cinnamon & Nutmeg          ICE

Strawberry Citrus Breakfast Ice Cream

¼ ripe Avocado

Handful Spinach

1 cup Frozen Strawberries

2 TBSP Plain Yogurt

1 TBSP Honey or Agave

Blend until smooth in a strong blender or in a food processor.  Then stir in:

1 drop doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil

1 drop doTERRA Lime essential oil

Serve immediately, or pour into Popsicle molds for an on the go breakfast treat.

SpinachPancakes

for St. Patrick’s Day, if you didn’t notice

Spinach Pancakes

1 ¼ cup Whole-Wheat Flour

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

3 TBSP Honey or other natural sweetener

1 ¼ cup Milk of choice

Large handful Spinach

½ Banana

2 TBSP Extra virgin Coconut Oil

1 Egg

Optional:  1 TBSP Lemon Juice

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Puree all wet ingredients in a blender then pour into dry ingredients.  Whisk until smooth.

Tip for the extra Spinach & Greens in your fridge:  blend them up with a little water and freeze them in ice cube trays.  Ready and accessible to toss in future smoothies!  No more wasting large Costco bags, yea.

Now, for your viewing pleasure…Enjoy these darling pictures of my kids, thoroughly enjoying their Green Smoothies!

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Only 2 years old and already stealing my green smoothie!

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Don’t forget the Popsicles too! Seriously, I can’t keep myself from adding spinach to anything I blend up!

Remember to add in some blueberries or raspberries to change the color from green to purple or reddish, until they are OK with eating or drinking the green!

HomemadePopsicles

Almond or Coconut Milk + a handful of Spinach + fresh or frozen Fruit = Healthy treats

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