Energizing Green Smoothie

GojiMacaKale_GreenSmoothie1We are already two weeks into 2015?! I’m in denial… total and complete denial. Where did those two weeks go? Wait… I know exactly where they went. When I haven’t been working, I’ve been seriously binging on Netflix and huddling under blankets drinking copious amounts of delicious hot tea unable to move. Hey! Humans can hibernate, too. Brr!!

Well, I’m breaking up with Netflix. Ok, not completely, but I am ready to move my body, exercise my mind, tap into my creativity, go adventuring, capture photos of the beautiful Pacific Northwest and prepare more vibrant, healthy meals. My body has been feeling more like a marshmallow and my mind like mush than the healthy and clear-headed, creative woman I am. That changed this week with reinstating daily walks and green smoothies. I already feel more energized and clear-headed.

If you are feeling sluggish, down and physically or mentally drained by these dark, cold winter days I challenge you to give this delicious, energizing green smoothie. Even if you changed nothing else in your daily routine, I promise you’ll feel amazing after a green smoothie. Your body craves these beautiful nutrients!

My mind feels clearer, my body more alive and my bladder super full after one of these smoothie bowls! There. I said it. You will have a major PEEmergency about 30 minutes later.

Energizing Baby Kale, Spinach and Maca Green Smoothie
topped with Chia Seeds, Coconut Flakes and Goji Berries

100g banana (1 medium banana)
60g baby kale (2 big handfuls)
20g spinach (1 handful)
7g Maca Powder
60g Medjool dates, pitted (2-3)
1T Pure Vanilla Powder (or to taste)
2T cinnamon (or to taste)
Vanilla Creme Stevia (or to taste)
1 T chia seeds
6-8 ounces filtered water
handful of ice (if you want it cold)

Topped With:
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
2 tsp goji berries

About 485 calories / 11.5g protein / 8.75g fat / 100g carbs / 20g fiber
About 375 calories / 8.5g protein / 5g fat / 85.5 carbs / 16.5g fiber (without toppings)

GojiMacaKale_GreenSmoothie2Do not be discouraged if you don’t have all the ingredients. Use what you have. Be creative! Green Smoothies are very forgiving.

Basic Green Smoothie = Water + Greens + Banana

Just experiment to figure out what you like. Add herbs like mint or basil. Try different fruits and superfoods. Anything goes… except when it doesn’t. Ha! I have dumped out my fair share of horrendously disgusting smoothies that could not be saved. No shame!

If you are new to a green smoothie then start with just mostly banana/fruit and a handful of spinach. Spinach and kale are the mildest greens in my opinion. Add more as you want. You will quickly develop more of a taste for the greens and their amazing benefits. Enjoy!