A green smoothie can be blended in a matter of seconds and makes for a delicious breakfast, snack, or post-workout recovery drink. Juicing can remove fiber from fruits and vegetables, taking away some of the nutritional benefits of these foods. Making a smoothie or shake instead is simpler (just throw in the whole ingredient and blend!) and keeps the fiber intact for increased satiety. Instead of basing your beverage on fruit, make vegetables your main ingredient and flavor with sweet fruit and other culinary flavors like cinnamon or vanilla. Feel free to swap in your personal favorites if desired.
2 cups organic baby spinach, washed
½ small green apple
1 kiwi, peeled
1 cup milk of your choice (unsweetened almond, soy, rice, cow)
1 scoop whey or vegan protein powder (look for an unsweetened brand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon almond butter
Toss all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and frothy, adding cubed ice if desired. Serve immediately.
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