Sunday, July 30, 2017

Simple Green Smoothie Recipe (Yummy + Vegan + Quick)





I drink a green smoothie almost every morning - almost being the key word. So maybe I should say: I drink a green smoothie a lot of mornings. Regardless, whenever I drink them, I make this recipe. This recipe is so yummy that I'm not even curious to try fruit smoothie recipes all that often. Trust me, there is no bitter veggie taste in this smoothie.



Healthy...
This recipe is incredibly easy to make and amazingly healthy. The amount of fiber, alone, in this recipe, is unbelievable.  Expressive juicing is great but the downside is that all the fiber is lost. Not so with smoothies!  All the natural fiber in the produce is retained. In addition, take a look at the nutritional breakdown below!  This green smoothie is chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and immune-boosting ingredients.

Adjustable...
I have found that strawberries are a great pick to use as a second fruit in this recipe but honestly, you can sub whatever fruit is your favorite or whatever fruit you have on hand in their place.


Easy...
This is literally a  wash-chop-dump recipe. You can even have your apples and strawberries pre-chopped and then this would be a dump and blend recipe. Also, you can prepare batches of this recipe by layering the chopped fruit and spinach in several mason jars so that in the morning you can just dump, pour a splash of almond milk, blend and go!! The possibilities are excitingly endless :)

Note on Texture:
This green smoothie has a smooth and creamy texture when just prepared but it will thicken up if left to sit for a while due to the high pectin content in the apple. So, if you like thinner smoothies try to drink it right away, and if you like thicker smoothies, you can let this rest for awhile and it will thicken up!







Ingredients
Yield: 1 single-serve Green Smoothie
  • 1 Apple
  • 4 Strawberries
  • 2 cups Spinach, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk
Note: You can add more or less almond milk if you wish to alter the consistency according to your preference.



Directions
  1. Gently wash the apple and Strawberries. 
  2. Core and roughly chop the apples and strawberries
  3. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes. I literally mean that. I like my green smoothies smooth and creamy. I find that the flavors soften and meld together in a magical way, so blending them adequately is an important step. If you prefer chunkier green smoothies, then ignore this step. 
  4. Pour into a glass. drink with your mouth or with a straw. 

Enjoy!





- Nutritional Analysis -



Look at that whopping 9 grams of fiber. Annnnddd, you get all your Vitamin A and Vitamin C for the day all before 10 am!!


- Cost Breakdown -