Thursday, April 7, 2011

Recipe - Suprisingly Good Green Smoothie

I've been making this recipe for friends and family for almost a year, and it's developed quite a following. The smoothie has a banana/chocolate base flavor to help "health newbies" ease into this new kind of smoothie (as opposed to the extra sweet and sugary ones sold in regular smoothie shops) and the banana's strong and sweet taste helps cover any "green" flavor.

(Cool side note: My friend, Cherie, has also lost 30lbs thanks in-part to this drink that she makes (with variations here and there), at least once a day. When you put healthy food into your body, weight loss is a natural and usually welcomed side-effect)

Green Smoothie (makes two 16oz. drinks):

You will need one good blender (I use Cuisinart's 'SmartPower Duet'- ...Update: A Vitamix - thank you credit card reward points (: ).
I suggest using all organic ingredients whenever possible. If you are new to green powders, then feel free to start slow and build your way up to the full serving size...

Ingredients:

  • 8 (oz) cold water (the temperature will help your drink keep a thicker consistency)
  • 8 (oz) unsweetened, vanilla-flavored almond milk (I now use raw whole milk - Organic Pastures brand)
  • 1 scoop/portion size green powder (I use this one from Garden of Life. If you don't want to "go green" then leave it out. You can also substitute any spirulina/chlorella supplement powder as well)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder (my favorite is from  Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground flax meal
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) raw extra virgin coconut oil
  • if you've got fresh pasture-raised eggs, throw in a few yolks (if so, then cut back a few ounces of the water or milk) - you won't taste them!
  • about 3-4 frozen bananas (to freeze: I put fresh bananas into a Glasslock container (you can use a plastic freezer bag if you don't have a freezer-safe glass container) and roughly chop them up into one-inch chunks... make sure they are roughly separate from each other to avoid difficulty separating them when frozen)

Now blend all ingredients together.

If the drink is too thick add more water (a small amount at a time), to thin, more frozen banana.
My husband and I split this recipe in the morning for a quick first meal of the day. If making it just for yourself, simply make half the recipe or save the extra in the fridge for later (I recommend putting it in the freezer an hour before you drink it again for thickness).

Feeling adventurous? Here are some extra ingredients you can add to make this drink even healthier:

  • a handful of steamed spinach
  • 1 (tsp) maca powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw chia seeds
  • substitute frozen berries for the bananas (I'd add a tablespoon of raw honey with the berries) 
  • drink your smoothie with a "shot"(regualr advised serving size) of fermented cod liver oil on the side - the vitamins in the egg yolks and the oil work quite nicely together (:   yes...fermented cod liver oil.

To find some of the best prices for the supplement ingredients I recommend going to www.vitacost.com . I save a ton of money there and they usually have free shipping if you purchase a certain amount of product.


For other healthy smoothie recipes feel free to email me for ideas at : healthycowboykitchen@gmail.com

Cheers!
-Katie