Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Banana-Berry Dairy-Free Green Smoothie

In conjunction with Momster of Month Nicole's story of her health journey, I thought I'd share something healthy and delicious.  This is my go-to when I want something healthy, refreshing, an easy snack, or a tasty addition to breakfast. Craving a late-night sweet?  Make this instead!  It will totally satisfy your sweet tooth, and you can go to bead guilt-free! 
I use the Nutribullet (from the makers of Magic Bullet) to make my juice and smoothies, and I LOVE IT! I love that it is compact and doesn't take up a lot of room and it is SO easy to clean. 
Banana-Berry Smoothie
- 1-2 handfuls mixed greens, kale, or spinach
- 1 banana (cut in advance and stored in the freezer gives this a frothy smoothie texture)
- 1/2 frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 granny smith apple (or whatever fruit you have on hand)
- Small handful cashews
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 T flax oil
Add cold water to the fill line on your Nutribullet and wiz it up! 
Another tip, is to get everything except the water in your Nutribullet at night and store in the fridge.  In the morning, when you stumble into the kitchen like a zombie, or you're rushed getting out of the house with your kids, all you have to do is add water and blend.  One less thing you'll have to think about in the morning, decreasing your chances of making a "bad" breakfast decision...and your kids will like it too!
This is a great way to get some healthy greens, like kale, and you won't even taste it :) The health benefits of kale warrant an entirely separate post, so CLICK HERE to find out more. This recipe is very versatile, so add or omit to your liking or what you have on hand.  Frozen berries are more cost effective and they last longer, so I always have some "in stock".  I don't always keep the bananas in the freezer, but they last longer that way, and I love the texture it gives to the smoothie...you won't miss the dairy!

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