Monday, January 9, 2012

Easy Green Smoothie

Did you know that when you drink your greens raw, you get way more of the nutrients than if you cook them and chew them up? It makes sense, but somehow you have to make it taste good if you're going to get it down. There's a lot of, uh, "buzz" out there about green smoothies. In fact there are entire books devoted to them. I'll look into that, but it seems kind of excessive to me. Around here, we like to keep things simple, you know. So in addition to our favorite English Muffin & Avocado breakfast, we've been making morning smoothies with some simple, basic ingredients that are easy to keep around. They're filled with truly super foods that will make your body grin from within, and keep you going all morning. And while you'll get a good dose of green goodness, what you'll taste is the fruit.

Easy Green Smoothie
1 banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 T chia seeds
3 - 6 kale leaves
1 cup nut milk
1/2 cup orange juice (or additional nut milk)

Load everything into the blender in the order given. When you get to the kale leaves, tear them into pieces and fill to the top of the jar, but don't pack them in. Blend on high speed until it's all nice and smooth, and voila, you have a smoothie. Cheers!