Green smoothies and drinks are not just a trend or fad diet, they actually can be incredibly nutritious and a fantastic regular staple to support a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Green smoothies are quick to make and are the perfect breakfast option for busy weekday mornings. They are also an excellent way to consume a variety of nutrient dense ingredients from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds & even herbs!
If you’re new to green smoothies, try following the 60 / 40 rule, which means that you add 60 percent fruit and 40 percent greens. The natural sweetness of fruit will mask the taste of the added vegetables. You’ll still benefit from all of the nutrients, yet the taste will be sweet and refreshing.
Green smoothies can also provide quick and lasting energy. Fruit naturally contains energizing carbohydrates and all fruits and veggies also contain fiber. Fiber is a key dietary nutrient for managing appetite, blood sugar and energy levels!
Lastly green smoothies are fantastic if you or one of your family members are not yet on board with healthy eating. It can be overwhelming to consume the amount of greens we need every day to truly thrive. Green drinks, such as smoothies, are the perfect solution to increase our intake of leafy greens. You can also make green smoothies for your kids to help increase their intake of vegetables. By following the 60 / 40 ratio, they’ll never taste the added vegetables.
This Easy Green Smoothie is quick to make, full of flavor and packed with health benefits!
Almond Milk: Almond milk is a great dairy-free alternative for those who are lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan or enjoy a plant-based diet. Although almond milk is low in protein, store-bought options often will be fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Just make sure to read the ingredient list of store-bought non-dairy milk and avoid options high in added sugar and artificial ingredients.
Spinach: Spinach is packed with nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin C, dietary fiber and even protein! No wonder it is often referred to as one of the world’s healthiest foods!
Rainbow Chard: Rainbow chard is an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin C. These vitamins help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation within the body. Rainbow chard also contains calcium and vitamin K to support bone health.
Bananas: You probably are familiar with bananas being a good source of potassium. However, did you know that bananas also contain vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium and vitamin C? Bananas also contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber, which can bind to cholesterol, toxins and heavy metals in the gastrointestinal tract, which are then excreted out of your system.
Pineapple: An exciting health benefit of pineapple is that it contains an enzyme known as bromelain. Bromelain helps the body digest protein!
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!