My family loves green smoothies for breakfast! Packed with vitamins, fiber, and natural unprocessed ingredients, green smoothies are an excellent replacement for processed, packaged fruit flavored juices in the mornings. I have included my “basic” green smoothie recipe, but feel free to add ground flax, different fruits and greens (such as kale or swiss chard) or try adding a ¼ cup of raw walnuts for variation. If you struggle with arthritis, try adding a bit of turmeric. With a good blender, the green smoothie is ready in minutes, which is a requirement for my family’s busy mornings. Have fun experimenting!
WELLstyle Basic Green Smoothie
1 cup filtered water (or more to thin the smoothie to the consistency you prefer)
1 small navel orange with rind; ends cut off
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
Slice of lime with rind (approximately 1/8 of the lime)
2 cups packed fresh spinach
1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender in the order listed. Blend ingredients on low until all components are incorporated, stopping to scrape down the food to the blade as needed. Increase blade speed to high and blend until smooth (this takes about 45 seconds on my Vitamix blender- but please adjust time/blending to the specifications of your blender). Add ice and/or water to the mixture until you obtain the desired consistency.
Yields 2 large, or 4 small servings.
Note: I use organic produce (fresh or frozen) whenever available and financially possible. Also- if you choose to use fresh fruit instead of frozen- you will need to add enough ice to chill the smoothie mixture to your liking.
Be creative! Try other combinations of fruits and greens to find your favorite!