Meet the Sullivans: Thirsty Thursday | Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

November 14, 2013

Thirsty Thursday | Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

Ever since the Vitamix found it's way into our life we have been having smoothies for breakfast every morning! When Keith is in charge of the smoothie making he usually chooses to make a chocolate protein smoothie (add banana, ice and peanut butter to it and you've got Heaven in a glass), while I usually opt for the green / fruit variety. 

My standard green smoothie (example 1 and example 2) is a combination of fresh spinach + a mix of frozen mango / peaches / berries / pineapple / bananas / oranges and coconut water. Lately though, I've been trying out a few more specific recipes aimed at certain healthy benefits. I've been loving the ones found in this book, Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-dense Recipes (Superfood Series)


The recipe below is Kimberely Snyder's recipe for the Glowing Green Smoothie. The greens and fruits can be substitutes for whichever ones you prefer, and the fruits are included to balance out the flavor of the greens, so use whichever fruits you like best. Ideally you should have 2 types of greens with 2-3 types of fruit, plus the fresh lemon. I also switched out the filtered water for coconut water.


Ingredients
1 1/2-2 cups water
3/4 pound organic romaine lettuce, rough chopped, about 1 head
1/2 head large bunch or 3/4 small bunch organic spinach
3-4 organic celery stalks, halved
1 organic apple, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic pear, cored, seeded, quartered
1 organic banana, peeled
1/2 fresh organic lemon, peeled, seeded

Directions
  1. Place water, romaine, spinach and celery into blender. Start blending at a low speed, slowly working up to your blender's max speed.
  2. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stop machine and remove lid.
  3. Add apple, pear, banana and lemon to the container in the order listed and secure lid.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed high.
  5. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
The smoothie stays good covered in the refrigerator for a few days. I made a big batch and stored it for a few mornings. Each morning I would reblend the portion I wanted to have with a handful of ice and it was amazing! No joke, I felt hydrated, energized and refreshed each morning I had this smoothie! Makes a great snack too!

FYI: It also help to have a cute little assistant, preferably still in pajamas, helping you make your smoothie. 


Just kidding, it really just makes the washing, chopping, blending process more difficult, but it does make it a whole lot more FUN! And this way you have someone really super CUTE to enjoy your smoothie with when you're all done!


Next week we'll start mixing up some holiday drinks!! What is your favorite holiday beverage?

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