Green milk does a body good

On the 21-Day Cleanse, we start and end every day with a Clean Shake. The recipe for making a Clean Shake is simple. Start with a liquid base, then add greens, healthy fats, and fruit along with a Clean Shake packet. But what if you are looking for a green smoothie with no fruit? Try this recipe for Green Milk.

For those mornings or evenings on the Cleanse when you need something different, try this simple recipe. We also just love it as a regular pick-me-up breakfast. It uses kale and spinach juice (no juicer required!) along with unsweetened almond milk to achieve a bright color and smooth texture. It’s easy to digest, low-glycemic, and packed with nutrients.

Juices vs. smoothies

There’s a lot of debate over whether juices or smoothies are healthier. Our standpoint? Both juices and smoothies are fantastic for fueling up with vitamins and minerals. Choosing one over the other depends on what your body needs on any given day. Juicing involves extracting liquid and nutrients from fruits and vegetables and removing the insoluble fiber found in the pulp. Because our bodies don’t have to work as hard to squeeze the healthy stuff out of plants during digestion, nutrients can hit our bloodstream faster with the least amount of energy expended. 

Green juice with a blender

The main concern with juice is that without insoluble fiber present to slow down the digestion process, sugar from pulverized fruit rushes into the bloodstream and spikes our blood sugar levels. This isn’t an issue with green juices made from leafy vegetables, as they’re low in sugar. In fact, green juice has been linked to a lower risk for developing diabetes and may improve cholesterol, too. This recipe for Green Milk uses kale and spinach juice, but you don’t need a juicer to separate the leafy pulp from the nutrient-dense liquid. A quick spin in a high-speed blender and a mesh bag are all you need to make green juice – and this recipe for Green Milk – at home.

Green Milk

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 cup filtered water

2 cups packed kale, torn

1 cup baby spinach

1 packet CLEAN Plain Shake

½ cup plain, unsweetened almond milk

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Prep your veggies and measure out the cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt.

Combine the filtered water, kale, and baby spinach in a high-speed blender. Blend for a minute, until the veggies have broken down and the mixture is smooth.

Pour the contents of the blender through a mesh bag positioned over a bowl, squeezing the bag to release as much green juice as possible. Rinse your blender and pour the green juice back in. Add the Plain Cleanse Shake (or Plain Daily Shake), almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt and blend until creamy.

Pour the green milk into a glass, over ice if you’d like it chilled. 

Enjoy immediately for the freshest flavor.

Recipe and photography by  Kate Kasbee

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