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Green Goddess Smoothie

img-20160906-wa0007_editHave you ever had one of those moments where, after a few days’ worth of indulgences, your body practically screams for something GREEN? The toddler-throwing-a-tantrum-in-the-middle-of-the-grocery-store kind of scream. I know I’ve been there!

(The craving, not the physical temper tantrum. Though I am known to get hangry..)

There are days, however, when a salad just won’t cut it. Nope. Sometimes, you Just. Want. Something. Different. Behold this green goddess smoothie! It’s chock-full of good-for-you, WHOLESOME ingredients and has more vegetables in it than you can likely hold in the palms of your hands. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “A vegetable smoothie? I bet it tastes like puréed kale that will likely just get stuck in your teeth.”

Well, I’m happy to prove you wrong.. for one, because there is no kale in this smoothie! I chose to use spinach instead to get a similar benefit from eating (or in this case, slurping) those dark, leafy greens but with a milder flavor profile. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kale – especially when making kale chips .. but let’s save that for another post – but it does kale the vibe sometimes.

Boy was that cheesy. Hmm.. cheezy kale chips. *makes a mental note*

I truly hope you enjoy this smoothie. It’s

creamy
thick (!)
packed with nutrients
not too “green”
zingy and sweet
insanely refreshing and satisfying

 

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The shredded zucchini adds the right amount of water content without adding too much liquid to dilute the smoothie while the cauliflower (which you cannot taste at all) lends to a creamy, dense texture.

The frozen cactus leaf renders the smoothie a silky consistency, promotes anti-inflammatory activity and boosts anti-oxidant levels. A true powerhouse! Freshly grated, frozen ginger adds a nice little kick to the smoothie while also having anti-inflammatory benefits.

And last but certainly not least, the frozen fruit provides just the right amount of sweetness for a harmonious balance of flavors. They keep the smoothie cold and “spoonable” without watering it down.

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Be careful with the bluebs, though. They have the tendency to stain your fingers.. as evidenced by the photo above, ha.

I enjoyed this as a second breakfast but I am sure it would make a great snack or even a breakfast on-the-go. Layered with  granola and fresh fruit, even? The possibilities are endless.

I hope you enjoy this, friends. I know I certainly did!


GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE 
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A creamy and delicious green smoothie chock-full of vegetables and fruits! Boasts over 10g of fiber and 6g of protein per serving. Vegan and gluten free.

Serves: 1
INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1 large handful of spinach (~1 cup)
  • 3/4 frozen medium to large banana
  • 3/4 cup chopped cauliflower (frozen works best but fresh is fine too)
  • 1/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 frozen nopales cactus leaf
  • 0.5 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 0.5 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a high-powered blender or using an immersion stick blender, blend the almond milk and spinach together until the spinach is thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Add the frozen banana and cauliflower and blend to completion.
  3. Blend the zucchini, cactus leaf, and mango chunks. Stop to scrape down the sides if needed.
  4. Finally add in the blueberries and freshly grated ginger and blend on high until everything is well combined.

Optional: add some chia seeds on top or drizzle with some peanut butter!

NOTES
* If the consistency of the smoothie is not to your liking, feel free to adjust it by adding more or less almond milk (or milk of choice). The sweetness can be increased by adding more frozen banana or blending in 1-2 medjool dates.

What are some strange ingredients that you’ve tried in your smoothies? Were they a hit or miss? Let me know below!

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