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Green Smoothie Love

Green smoothies are all the rage these days. Allrecipes.com even calls them hot. And it’s not without good reason either. Smoothies are maybe the the easiest way to get a whole lotta green goodness in just a few delicious sips, and green smoothie recipes can be as simple or as complex as your palate prefers.

What are the benefits of drinking greens, you ask? Well, the chlorophyl in greens helps to detoxify the body and enhance oxygen transport, greens contain oodles of antioxidants that protect your cells from free radical damage, raw greens promote healthy digestion, and liquid greens can provide a boost of energy–just to name a few.

A few of our favorite websites that give bunches of info on making green smoothies are:

Green Monster Movement

Good Clean Health

No Meat Athlete – Runs on Plants

For the green smoothie beginner, the Green Monster Movement has a super simple recipe that even the biggest skeptic will love. Their Virgin Green Monster calls for:

1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
2 cups organic spinach
1 banana
1 cup juice from kale* (or 1 cup organic milk)
5 ice cubes

Blend away. That’s it. Getting your greens has never been easier.

Once you’re into the green magic, getting creative with composition can be a lot of fun and surprisingly scrumptious. Good Clean Health shares a printable Smoothieology Guide that newbies and pros alike will love. Based on the Smoothieology Guide, one of my favorite recipes is:

Base: 1 cup fresh green juice*
Fat: 2 tablespoons peanut butter
Fruit: 1 banana
Vegetables: 2 heaping handfuls spinach
Superfood: 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Spice: 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Blend away and enjoy. And then smile. Your body will thank you for the delicious nutrition.

The possibilities for green smoothies really are endless. Another one of my favorites includes pumpkin, kind of like this one from Happy Herbivore. Do you have a favorite green smoothie recipe? We’d love for you to share in the comments below. And if you just can’t get into smoothies, check out the Smoothie In A Bowl. You might fall in love.

*To make green juice, you will need a juicer and some raw greens. Kale, spinach, Romaine, Swiss chard, and collard greens are a few options. For a quick and fun visual tutorial on how to juice, watch this video–Make Juice, Not War.