by Christina Hatgis
Last week, we talked to Steph about what her smoothies look like on the weekends. This week we’re heading into Christina’s kitchen for help on making a delicious green smoothie.
I get a lot of “what’s in that?” in the morning when I start drinking my green smoothie as I get ready to teach. I make smoothies or a juice daily, and I encourage you to try it as well. Once you get in the habit, it’s an easy no-brainer that will brighten your day and your palate! My smoothies change daily based on what I have in the fridge and what my taste buds are saying that morning.
I use whatever greens I have on hand. These may be chard (all types), collards, spinach; I toss a bunch in. For liquid I use juice, rice milk or a nut milk (I’m making almond, cashew, and brazil nut milks these days). Again, whatever I have in the fridge.
– 4-5 leaves of kale; stems included; rinsed and torn up
– ½ banana. Frozen bananas are a great thing to have handy in the freezer. I peel bananas, cut them in half, wrap in saran wrap, and then freeze so I always have ½ a frozen banana to throw in.
– 1 handful of raspberries
– 1 apple
– 1 teaspoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds and cacao nibs are considered superfoods, so why not?
– 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs
– A pinch of cinnamon
– 2 cups of almond milk
Blend in the Vitamix and chill for 15-20 minutes
Optional: If you are using more bitter greens, a dash of maple syrup tastes yummy. If cinnamon isn’t your thing, what about a little vanilla extract or some cardamom?
The beauty of these smoothies is that anything goes. Some concoctions will be divine, others will taste a bit odd, but keep on trying different variations. Such an easy way to get your dose of vitamins and nutrients for the day!