Introduction: How to Make a Delicious Green Smoothie

How to make a delicious green smoothie.  This is great anytime, but especially for workout recovery (the whey protein and greek yogurt add a high protein content to the smoothie).

Equipment:
Blender
Measuring Cups


Ingredients:
2-4 cups of spinach
1-2 leaves kale
2 tablespoons flax seed
1 packet stevia 
1-2 cups water 
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 banana
1 orange
2 cup strawberries
1 cups blueberries

NOTE: Fruit can be fresh or frozen.  If using fresh fruit, consider adding ice when blending to chill smoothie.

Step 1: Wash Greens and Fruit

Wash your spinach and kale.  Also wash any fresh fruit that might need it.


Step 2: Mixing the Greens

Add 2-4 cups washed spinach, 1-2 leaves washed kale, 1 packet stevia, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein, 2 tablespoons flax seed, and 1-2 cups water to blender.  Mix until it reaches a uniform consistency, usually for about 30 seconds.

NOTE: Stevia is a calorie free, natural sweetener you can buy at most stores; a common brand is Truvia.  Also, the stevia, greek yogurt, vanilla whey protein, and fruit do a great job of burying the taste of the kale and spinach, giving you more liberty to add more spinach and kale to the smoothie.

Step 3: Blend It!

Add 1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 banana, 1 orange, 2 cups strawberries, and 1 cup blueberries.  Mix on whole juice or puree setting (or for 1-2 minutes until smoothies shows uniform color and consistency).  

NOTE: If using frozen fruit, add soft fruits first.  In addition, the greek yogurt can be omitted; however, I've found that it really gives a smoother and thicker consistency as well as masking the taste of the spinach and kale, which I enjoy.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Drink up and share with your family, friends, or dog, mine loves it! This usually makes approximately 50 oz. of green smoothie.  

NOTE: If you enjoy a runnier consistency, consider adding more water.  The flavor will still be the same but it won't be as thick.  Also, experiment with a variety of fruits to keep things interesting.  The blueberries turn the smoothie pink initially, which works great for tricking the kids into drinking it.

Step 5: Store for Later

Store remaining green smoothie in a glass or pitcher in the fridge (be sure to cover).  Separation will occur, so be sure to mix well before drinking.  Smoothie will be good for up to 2 days after blending (I actually like it better the next day).  

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