One of the easiest ways to pack good nutritients into a meal is by making a smoothie. Smoothies are also great if you need something that’s quick or can be taken out the door with you. To create a smoothie that’s effort-free, and that will keep you energized and nourished for a few hours until it’s time to eat again, opt for one with readily available ingredients that are also powerfully nutritious.
You can make a smoothie from fresh produce from your farmer’s market, from your favorite health food store, or from your backyard or windowsill garden! Personally we like growing greens in our Aerogarden, which we have sitting in our kitchen, and which has supplied us with wonderful fresh-picked salads as well as greens for smoothies! Right now we have parsley, kale, mustard greens, chard, and a few others growing and available to us for the picking!
Our smoothie recipe contains a delicious mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber to sustain your energy and make sure you’re getting all the fuel your body needs. We suggest you make this smoothie recipe to fill you up, and to please your taste buds, whether you’re strapped for time or have all the time in the world. :~)
Fabulous Nutrient-Packed Vegan Green Smoothie
1/2 cup organic almond milk (can also use soy milk)
1/2 cup coconut water (can also use filtered water but you miss out on coconut water’s benefits)
1 frozen banana (can also use fresh banana)
3 medjool dates, pits removed
1/4 cup gluten-free granola
1 handful organic spinach
1 tablespoon organic almond butter
Combine all of the ingredients in a high speed blender (we looooove our Ninja Foodi Smoothie blender). Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
For variations of this smoothie, you can add in 1 tablespoon of raw cacao nibs or 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder.
In case you’re wondering why we recommend organic ingredients for this smoothie (and really all smoothies, and not just smoothies, but all ingredients whenever feasible), when you purchase organic almond milk, for example, you’re assured that their organic certification has required a healthy approach to growing the almonds. And spinach is highly susceptible to retaining dangerous amounts of harmful pesticides and herbicides (in fact it’s on the Environmental Working Group’s dirty dozen list of the worst produce in terms of retaining pesticides and other chemicals; saying that “federal data shows that conventionally grown spinach has more pesticide residues by weight than all other produce tested, with three-fourths of samples tested contaminated with a neurotoxic bug killer banned from use on food crops in Europe.”) Again, with organic certification, you know that your spinach has been grown without the use of conventional pesticides and herbicides.
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