In my last post water was highlighted as a smart start to the day. Another easy beverage boost to a breakfast meal, post-workout recovery treat, or satisfying nightcap is this simple green smoothie. It’s a wonderful way to work in a serving of green leafy vegetables without notice.
I love starting my day with this basic base smoothie!
Why it works:
This simple green smoothie offers a nutrient-rich start or addition to the day for a low calorie punch. For a similar calorie load as a standard 8 ounce juice, this 8 ounce green smoothie serves as a source of protein, live active cultures, fiber, calcium, vitamin C, potassium, copper, phenol antioxidants, iron, vitamin D, magnesium, a touch of healthy fat, and more.
There are days I enjoy the naturally sweetened flavor of a medjool date in my smoothie. The medjool date can serve as a friendly source of carbohydrates before a workout. Other days I appreciate the refreshing green beverage without the hint of sweetness. I truly love this base smoothie, but it can also be jazzed up with ingredients like a banana, flaxseed, berries, avocado, and protein powder.
Consider going green for your next smoothie!
- 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 c. fresh spinach
- 1/4 c. plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 medjool date, pitted (optional)
- 2-3 pieces of ice (optional)
Simple Green Smoothie
Combine all ingredients in a high quality blender, Magic Bullet, or similar. First add the almond milk followed by the spinach, next the yogurt and date. Start the blender on a lower speed and increase speed, even pulse, until smooth.
-If the date does not break down well, add a couple large pieces of ice and blend or pulse again. Choose soft dates or soak the date for a couple minutes before blending.
Makes 1 serving.
Each serving using 1 date and plain Greek yogurt is approximately 125 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 20 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, and 9.5 grams of protein