- 2 whole orange peppers
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, Blade C
- Olive oil, to drizzle
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
- 3/4 c. white onion, diced
- 1/3 c. chicken broth
- 2 chicken breasts, grilled and diced
- 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
I am absolutely obsessed with green smoothie’s right now. To some people they look ‘gross’, but in reality it doesn’t take much to make a smoothie green, and if you do it right, it doesn’t have to taste like a green vegetable.
I personally love greens. From raw to cooked veggies, to fresh pressed juice, to smoothies; I’m willing to give it a try, and chances are, I’m going to love it. Recently I went to a little local coffee shop downtown for lunch and was excited to see they had a green smoothie. Man alive – it was deeeelishous! I was in love. I started averaging about 3-4 smoothies a week, and at $5.35 a piece, it was adding up. I took a week of ordering smoothies and paid close attention to the process – what kind of milk did they use, and how much of each ingredient did they put in?
It was pretty simple, so off to the store I went – organic coconut milk, bananas, baby spinach and pineapple. I think it’s fair to say that when you try to recreate something at home, it may taste similar, but it never really tastes the same, but I was determined. Simple, fresh, and easy ingredients, it couldn’t be that difficult, and it wasn’t!
A handful of baby spinach, one banana, 1-2 chunks of pineapple, and 3/4 cup of milk – amazing smoothie! And for as green as it is, it doesn’t taste a thing like spinach! This is one of the many benefits to drinking green smoothies – it’s a great way to sneak in fruits and vegetables without even realizing it. If you Google ‘benefits to green smoothies’ you’ll get hundreds of different reasons they’re good for you – from retaining the full vitamins and fiber of what you’re drinking, to them being low calorie – there are many reasons green smoothies are recommended.
Personally, I can tell you that without even realizing it I have unintentionally cut out my daily diet soda at lunch and replaced it with my green smoothie. I have went from drinking 1-2 cans of diet soda per day, to maybe 3-4 per week. In turn, I have noticed that have natural energy during the afternoon, and I’m feel much more full off of healthy ingredients. I have noticed that I consume much less soda at home and more water.
Green smoothies are EASY! There are lots of recipes on the web for you to try. Mix and match – see what works for you and what doesn’t. I have a NutriBullet that I love, but all you need a simple blender. My advice? Blend your fruits and veggies, then add 5-6 ice cubes and blend again to make sure it’s nice and cold. Also, I blend my smoothie before work and put it in the fridge to have for lunch and it still tastes great!
Cheers to better, healthier choices!
I want to pause for a second and acknowledge the amazingness that is spiralizing. Some of you are probably asking ‘What in the hell is spiralizing?!’ – which is fair. You’ve likely heard of zucchini noodles, at it’s most basic level, right? I had, and I’d tried to make them, and FAILED miserably on many occasions. Until I discovered the spiralizer. This little contraption has busted the doors wide open on my healthy eating.