Green Smoothies Gone Good

August 29, 2011

I’ve been continuing my cleanse the last few days and plan on staying that way for a while. In the matter of six or so days that I’ve cut out dairy and coffee I already feel better. I feel more energized, after the initial daily headaches and exhaustion. I feel lighter with the reduced amount of meat I’ve been consuming and cleansed, per say, with the definite increase in leafy greens. I’ve been consuming large green loaded smoothies every morning and trying to pay more attention to eating only when hungry. My bowels and intestines are liking this cleanse, too.

I’ve been drinking green smoothies for about 3 years now, loving every large mason jar full. But I’ve been told that some of my green smoothies are not quite… good.

Sad, sad people they are that don’t think a green smoothie is tasty. Sometimes it comes from those who haven’t even tasted a green smoothie, just the idea is gross to them. At other times, someone may not care for the smoothies of green simply because they haven’t found the right recipe. And then there are my family members that are hit and miss with the smoothies I make.

I’ll admit, I’m sure that someof my smoothies aren’t as wonderful to some people as they are to me. Sometimes my smoothies are amazing. Sometimes they’re just ok. And I must mention that your taste buds do adjust to what you’re eating. And I do know for a fact that eating massive(ish) amounts of greens and lower sugar has definitely altered the way I taste foods.

Take it from me, the most greens you ingest, the more foods that are whole and real and unadulterated, the more you’ll appreciate natural foods like leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits. Especially in smoothies.

Try these great smoothie that boast flavor and nutrients. If you’re not so inclined to drinking your greens, add in just a half cup or so to each instead of the amounts listed. Every couple of smoothies try adding in just a bit more of the green stuff and see how your taste buds adjust.

So… drink up and enjoy!

 Green Smoothies Gone Good. All smoothies make about 3-4 cups, one extra large to two servings. Want them extra icy? Add more ice than prescribed!

Saturday Morning Pure Energy Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cup liquid (I used 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup almond milk)
  • 1-2 cup spinach (I used 2 cups)
  • 3 dried figs
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs (may sub dairy free chocolate chips)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp spirulina (optional)
  • 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia
  • 2 cups ice, or to your texture liking
  • Blend in a high powered blender and feel the energy.

    Banana Ginger Smoothie

    • 1-2 cups kale leaves and/or spinach
    • 1 banana
    • 1/2 cup frozen berries
    • 1 cup coconut water
    • 1 scoop raw protein powder or protein of choice
    • 1 tbsp maca powder
    • 1 small knob fresh ginger
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 packet of Stevia powder, if needed for extra sweetness
    • 2 cups ice

    Blend all in a blender and pour into a large glass, maybe two. Enjoy on your own or share with someone you love. Optional granola and cacao nibs for extra energy.

    Berry Cake Breakfast Smoothie

    • 2 cups spinach
    • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I used blackberries)
    • 1/3 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
    • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder of choice
    • 1 cup almond milk or water
    • 1 packet of Stevia
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 cup ice

    Blend, baby, blend! Serve and enjoy this thick and hearty breakfast on the go.

    Black Strawberry Ice Cream Smoothie

    • 1 cup strawberries
    • 1/2 cup blackberries
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1 knob fresh ginger
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • few drops liquid vanilla stevia

    Again, blend all and enjoy for an ice creamy dessert. Top with Enjoy Life Granola of choice. It’s too good not too include in this decadent, guilt-free dessert!

    Have you shared a similar experience with your green smoothies? Are you the one loving them or disliking them?

    Can you believe it’s almost September?! It still feels like the very beginning of summer to me!

    { 11 comments… read them below or add one }

    lipo 13 May 30, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Great blog you have here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days.
    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    Reply

    Sheila Hunt August 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I just started making smoothies about two weeks ago and I agree that it takes a while to get used to the “green” taste and therefore I’ve added sweeter fruits than I would have liked to but I know that I can wean away from the sweetness. Plus I am lucky, I don’t have a sweet tooth to begin with so it won’t take me long to wean off of the sweeter fruits.
    Keep trying everyone, it is worth it.

    Reply

    Heather/HippieChristian August 30, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    TOTALLY agree about tastebuds changing when you cut out lots of processed high sugar stuff.
    I CRAAAAAAVE green smoothies all the time. i usually just do a banana and then loads of greens (spinach is my fave).
    my only concern now is that i won’t crave them when the weather gets colder, the same way i stop craving water when it gets cold out. the smoothies and water are so refreshing and cool me off, but i hate being cold when it’s cold out.
    *sigh*
    maybe i’ll come up with some sort of soup version of the smoothie 🙂

    Reply

    Ela August 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Wow, those all sound so yummy. I haven’t had a green smoothie in a few weeks–been away from home and haven’t since I got back for some reason… I guess the last couple times I had one, I didn’t love it, and ordinarily I adore them, so I was trying to listen to that. But reading this is making me want to make one again soon! I have mint in the garden–minty green smoothie sounds so good…

    Glad your cleanse is going well! I’m sure that getting off dairy and coffee feels so good once you’re off. (I’m afraid to think how I would feel if I drank coffee, and I know dairy is a nightmare in my body…)

    Reply

    Angela @ Mylk 'n Cookies August 29, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Most definitively making the Pure Energy Smoothie tomorrow- lord knows I’ll need it ;-D

    Reply

    Chuck August 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Throw an avocado in there with come cocoa powder!

    Reply

    Pure2raw twins August 29, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    love green smoothies, but right there with you when some are just amazing as others are a little hard to get down, haha

    Reply

    Kristina @ spabettie August 29, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    ALL of your smoothies sound good to me. I LOVE the taste of GREEN, too! 😀

    glad you are feeling awesome – I LOVE that energy increase and YAY for no headaches! I have had ONE headache since early July, that is huge for me!

    Reply

    Lorarian89 August 29, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    YAM!!!!!!! I love smoothies!

    Reply

    Pamela @ girlgonewestblog.com August 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I feel you about how AWESOME green smoothies are, and how RESISTANT folks are to initially trying one. I’ve been drinking one almost every morning this summer, and they make me feel amazing. They taste great, are loaded with good things, and are super easy – maybe they turn out a funky color, but who cares? If only I could convert my mom….

    Reply

    Lauren @ WWoB August 29, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Your cleanse sounds like it is going e x a c t l y like mine went!! Feels awesome, no?! I am still not drinking coffee, but everything else is back in my diet. In a smaller way, at the moment.
    All the smoothies look awesome -bookmarked!

    Reply

    Leave a Comment

    { 4 trackbacks }

    Previous post:

    Next post: