Have you been thinking about making some clean changes and you're not sure where to start? You can start feeling healthier every morning - all you need is a simple green smoothie recipe and your Daily Shake.
This simple recipe is the perfect way to get your daily dose of nutrient-dense whole fruits and vegetables in an easy-to-drink treat while maintaining the benefits of naturally-occurring and craving-curbing plant-fiber to keep you feeling full and satiated after this light meal.
Have you ever shelled out $10 for a fresh green juice or spent time cleaning, chopping and juicing (and cleaning again) only to be left wanting more? This is where the green smoothie recipe comes in to save the day.
Unlike juicing that extracts fiber from fruits and vegetables, a good green smoothie recipe will keep the produce’s natural fiber. Fruit naturally contains fiber to slow absorption of fructose, the main sugar found in fruits. Without the fiber, a green juice can be injecting a massive amount of fructose into your system. Natural or not - too much fructose absorbed too quickly can put stress on your liver and cause you to gain unwanted weight.
Get your Greens in this Smoothie Recipe
A simple green smoothie recipe like this one is an easy way to start a love affair with leafy greens. If you’re a newbie to green smoothies, baby spinach is a great green to start with. It is soft, sweet, and blends well with almost anything without adding a bitter “green” taste. Once you get the hang of it, we recommend alternating your greens.
This green smoothie recipe would work well with anything from kale to carrot tops. Pack in as many greens as you like to get your daily serving of leafy greens and keep going with your day.
Customize Your Smoothie with Our Daily Shakes
Adding our Daily Shake to this recipe gives you the benefit of necessary protein along with detoxifying micronutrients and a healthy dose of extra fiber. Adding in more protein at breakfast or spreading your protein intake throughout the day is also a great strategy for weight loss.
Healing Recipe With a surprising ingredient
While most nutrient-dense green smoothies can promote healing in the body, we've added a supercharged healing ingredient into this otherwise simple green smoothie recipe. Holy Basil aka Tulsi has been used medicinally for centuries to reduce stress, repair joints, improve digestion, and boost brain function. Holy Basil is well known to help relieve and heal respiratory problems such as asthma.
Feel free to substitute the Holy Basil tea in this recipe with any tea you like to supercharge your smoothie. Other teas we love include red rooibos, peppermint, and yerba mate.
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
8 ounces apple cider
1 ½ tablespoons dried Holy Basil (Tulsi)
12 ounces boiling water
¼ cup cashews, soaked for 20 minutes, drained and rinsed
2 handfuls baby spinach
2 dates, pitted
1 ripe pear, cut in half, seeded, quartered, chilled
1 packet Daily Shake or Cleanse Shake Packet in Vanilla
First, pour the apple cider into ice cube trays and freeze.
This is best done the evening before you want to make the drink.
Place the holy basil in a Mason jar then add the boiling water. Cover, let stand for 10 minutes, then strain and place in the fridge to chill.
Recipe by Frank Giglio
Photography by Lynn Karlin
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