Mean Green Smoothie

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The juice trend, that of late has seemed to be picking up even more steam, has been met with both controversy and applause. The confusion lies in the fact that people think it’s a quick-fix weight loss tool, but it’s not. Honestly, I’m sure most people do juice cleanses because they want to lose a few lbs. before some important event, not for the health component, but whatever. I’ve tried a juice cleanse, and here’s my advice for anyone interested: Do not celebrate its completion by going out and heavily drinking. Trust.

Any who – juice cleanses are expensive (seriously, a bottle of BluePrintJuice, which you can now purchase at Whole Foods, costs like $12…that’s just stupid). Instead of following the pack, make your own lean, green smoothie at home. All the ingredients will cost you about $12 (if you shop at Trader Joe’s, my favorite grocery store), and last two weeks!

INGREDIENTS
Power greens – spinach and kale (my favorites)
Unsweetened coconut milk (or water)
Fruit medley – pick up frozen strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc.
Bananas

OPTIONAL
Protein powder
Chia seeds
Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
In a blender, mix about 10 oz. of coconut milk (sometimes I do half water/half milk) with 3-4 handfuls each of kale and spinach. Once smooth, add 1 cup of frozen fruit (I mix it up, but usually always include some banana). Optional: add 1 scoop of protein powder and a dash of chia seeds. Top the smoothie with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Voila!

TIP: Use old takeout containers to individually store each of the ingredients in the freezer (including spinach, kale, and bananas!). Anytime a banana gets a little too ripe, cut it into pieces and add it to its container. This way you’ll always have a healthy mix of smoothie ingredients on hand for when you’re in the mood.

VARIATIONS
You can always add other fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Try strawberry and basil, lemon and parsley/cilantro, or throwing in an over-ripe avocado or cucumber. I promise, between the coconut milk and small amount of fruit, your smoothie will taste light and refreshing, and not like a liquid salad.

Posted by Hannah

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