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Green Smoothies

I love green smoothies!  It is an excellent way to pack in some extra veggies in your day, as well as get a nice shot of nutty protein and other healthy goodness.  There are umpteen million recipes out there; the following two are my favorites.  One of them I developed myself, and requires a few more ingredients.  The other is super simple and comes from Tara Stiles' blog (link below).  If you are pressed for time but still want to get a jolt of healthy green energy, go for that one!

First, Tara's recipe (and you can find this on her blog here):

Green Dream
1 Banana
1 big handful of Spinach
1 Cup of Almond Milk

 Super simple, right?  Now here's my recipe; I drink this at least a few times a week.  Its a great "meal" shake; super yummy and healthy!

 (Note:  As you get used to drinking green drinks, start experimenting; try kale instead of spinach!  Definitely make sure you have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix to get all those little bits chopped up.  There is nothing grosser than trying to guzzle a green drink and having a big, gnarly kale stem plop onto your tongue!)

-  1 banana (either fresh or chopped and frozen)
-  1 cup or a large handful of fresh spinach (in a pinch you can use frozen as well)
-  1 Tbsp chia seeds
-  2 Tbsp almond or peanut butter (adjust the amount according to your preference)
-  Soy, almond, or rice milk (enough to achieve desired consistency)
optional:  2-3 scoops of your favorite vegan chocolate protein powder; or use 2-3 Tbsp of cocoa or carob powder (if you choose this option, you might want to throw in 1-2 pitted medjool dates to make it more palatable; or a Tbsp of agave nectar should also do the trick)
-  a handful of ice (forgo the ice if your bananas and/ or spinach are frozen)



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