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).
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
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).