Raw Cacao Ka-pow Secret Green Smoothie Goodness (raw, vegan, and gluten-free). Huzzah!

P1030118It’s a long title for a smoothie with a long list of fine (and most importantly, delicious) attributes. Not only is this one green, full of antioxidants, protein, and some crazy tasty cacao pow, it’s refreshing, not too sweet, and can keep me full through a hard workout or for at least 3-4 hours, which is really something if you’ve met me. I’ve been making it most mornings for the past month or so, and it just makes me happy. But again, this is not the smoothie for you if you’re looking for super sweet and fruity. While it’s many things, it is not those two things and it doesn’t like to front.P1030116What you need: Serves 1 (or two if you just want wee smoothies)

1 banana, preferably frozen and chopped (alternative: frozen mango chunks. WHAT?! Yes, it’s not bad and will do if you’re out of bananas)

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

2 cups baby spinach, kale, or chard

1 Tablespoon raw almond butter

1.5 Tbsp raw cacao powder

1 cup almond (or other non-dairy milk)

1 tsp maple syrup if you’re using homemade almond milk without sweetener (I’ve been making my own nut milk lately and a little sweetness boost is sometimes nice for those not used to green smoothies)

1 Tbsp chia seedsP1030112_2Put it all in a blender (again, magic bullet to the rescue!) and wait for it…..wait for it….BLEND! Add ice if your banana’s not frozen or you want slightly more thickness. Drink it up!!! POW!P1030117P1030115

 

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The World’s Best Green Juice, Ever. In the world! (did I mention the world?)

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I’d like to start by saying one thing: Green juice is MAGIC. Yes, it looks weird (although I like pretty much anything that looks like it may have come straight from a rainbow), and like it might taste really bad. Once you make the leap to the green, you’ll be so glad you did. This juice is a nice start to the morning, an afternoon pick me up, or a good post workout recharger. And it’s an excellent gateway juice before you start getting all hardcore with green juices that don’t have anything ungreen in them. Also, it’s amazing. 🙂

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Makes about 16 0z of wonderful, beautiful juice.

3 small apples (or 1 large, ignore the 5 pictured)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

about 3-4 cups baby kale (or 5-7 leaves grown up kale)

1-2 inches of fresh ginger

1 pear

(optional: handful of parsley)

Juice apples, pear, kale, ginger. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon into juice and stir. Drink it up and feel like a juggernaut of rainbow-colored goodness.

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Green Smoothie #1

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I think very little is more polarizing than green smoothies. Unless you’re counting religion, politics, and the like, but  in Smoothieland, the green smoothie is the winner. I like the idea of a green smoothie, but I hate tasting a blended salad. It’s awful and weird and reminds me of slime from “You Can’t Do That on Television.” Or the slime that came out of that giant nose on “Double Dare.” Am I the only one that remembers that? Probably.

Anyway, my green smoothie has to have enough chlorophyll to make it green and healthy, but enough fruit and friends to make it taste good. I came up with this one in my search to find a breakfast that actually keeps me full longer than 90 minutes and can get me through a hard workout in the morning.

To whip this one up, you’ll need a pretty solid blender (magic bullet does just fine).

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Makes 2 servings:

One apple, chopped

2 kiwis (with skin on if your blender can handle it)

Handful of romaine leaves

Handful of spinach leaves

1/2 avocado

ice, enough to meet your exacting temperature and thickness standards

small handful of mint

1 vanilla bean, scraped (or a dash of vanilla extract)

2 Tbsp chia seeds

Blend, drink, and enjoy! Or, pour it into a bowl, sprinkle with granola or bee pollen, and eat like you would yogurt.

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