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Recipe: “Get-yo-greens-in” smoothie

Get your greens in winter smoothie

Winter is just around the corner, which means not only is it getting colder and the daylight hours are shrinking, but fresh produce is harder to come by. Plus, on chilly days you’re more inclined to hang with a loaf of bread versus a kale salad.

This tasty smoothie packs an impressive serving of fruits and vegetables (five or more!). Blueberries are the star of this version, but it’s customizable to whatever you happen to have on hand (just don’t skimp on the greens!). And speaking of that, to make this smoothie even easier, try freezing it into cubes if you often find yourself on the go.

Get-Yo-Greens-In Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  • Put all ingredients in your blender and process until smooth. You may want to add more/less liquid depending on how thick you like your smoothies

SUBSTITUTIONS 
Keep the same ratios above, but consider using any of the following ingredient alternatives to suit your tastes. You can’t go too wrong mixing and matching, but it does take a little trial and error. For example, pineapple with peanut butter might not go so well, so stick with flavor combinations that sound pleasing, like banana with cocoa powder.

  • Frozen fruit: Raspberries, cherries, mango, bananas, peaches, pineapple, blackberries, etc.
  • Greens and frozen veggies: Kale, arugula, romaine, peas, edamame, green beans, and more!
  • Dairy: Greek yogurt, cow milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Add-ins: Peanut butter, cocoa powder, chia seeds, protein powder, maple syrup, agave nectar.

How do you sneak in fruits/veggies in the cold months?

Written by Ashley Marcin.