I’ve done a lot of experimenting with green smoothies. I’ll admit that it took me a long time (years) to finally find a recipe that genuinely tastes good to me. I was on a mission to make one that I liked while pregnant because green smoothies are such an easy to make, nutrient-dense snack to have while you’re feeling tired. Check out all of the health benefits in this simple little recipe!
This green smoothie contains kale or spinach which are both packed with certain nutrients such as folic acid; essential in pregnancy because it plays a large role in cell and tissue development. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are important nutrients for good vision, and vitamin C helps maintain a strong immune system. Minerals found in kale are iron, calcium, potassium and manganese. You can count on apples and bananas for vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and beta-carotene.
I use all organic ingredients in this smoothie, especially the produce listed on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. I adapted this recipe from one that I came across in Eating Well Magazine.
- 2 ripe organic bananas
- 1 ripe organic apple (peeled if desired)
- 2 cups chopped kale or spinach leaves, tough stems removed
- 1/2 cup cold organic orange juice
- 1/2 cup cold filtered water
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (adjust based on how sweet you would like your smoothie)
- Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. (A food processor will help get the consistency really smooth.)
- Pulse a few times, then purée until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
Here’s how you can vary the ingredients and consistency of your smoothie:
- Instead of an apple, try a pear.
- Toss in some blueberries, strawberries or kiwi (the sky is the limit here, have fun experimenting!)
- Add a dozen or so ice cubes.
- Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed.
What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?