Are you team smoothie, or not? I just recently joined the smoothie enthusiast. I’m not a big food person in the morning. For years my breakfast has consisted of a cup of coffee on the way to work, which is why smoothies work so well for me. I still have something to sip on my daily drive and I am checking off many of my daily fruit and vegetable requirements.
The thing with smoothies is they can be extremely healthy and still filled with too much sugar. I wanted a smoothie that packed a health punch without the sugar overload but still tasted great. So, I turned to my guest blogger, Kyle James, who developed a super green smoothie that provides all three.
Prep the Greens:
Wash and spin dry 2 cups of fresh kale and 2 cups of fresh spinach. Chop the kale.
In a large blender or food processor add the kale and spinach, 1/2 cucumber slices, 1 large green apple slices, 1 cup almond milk, 1 large banana slices, 1 tablespoon raw organic honey, 1 fresh squeezed lemon, 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon flax seeds. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and 1/2 fresh pepper. Pulse until pureed. Add 1 – 2 cups of ice to thicken into a shake.
👩🍳 TIPS: I eyeball the chia and flax seeds, these both are more about the health benefits and you hardly notice them anyway, if 1/2 tablespoon feels like too much or too little, play with the amounts. The s
The Health Benefits:
Obviously, the fruits and vegetables in this smoothie offer many fresh health benefits, but take a closer look at these ingredients. Cayenne pepper offers some powerful medicinal components as well. Read about some of the benefits here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-cayenne-pepper
It is true that honey is one of nature’s purest foods, but it is far more than just a natural sweetener. Every day we are learning more about the amazing health benefits raw honey has to offer. Here are just a few: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits#sore-throat https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/top-raw-honey-benefits#sore-throat
Ella’s Note: I was afraid this smoothie was going to be too green tasting for me, but I couldn’t be more wrong. I loved this smoothie. It was fresh and fruity tasting. I could really taste the banana and the apple. If I hadn’t put the kale and spinach in the blender myself I would swear it was left out. The only sugar comes from the fruits, honey, and almond milk. This will be my favorite “go-to” smoothie going forward. A huge thank you to my guest blogger, Kyle, for sharing this green monster with us! – Ella💙
- -2 cups fresh kale, chopped
- -2 cups fresh spinach
- -1/2 cucumber, sliced
- -2 small green apples, sliced
- -1 cup almond milk
- -1 banana, sliced
- -1 tablespoon raw organic honey
- -1 fresh lemon, juiced
- -1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- -1/2 tablespoon flax seeds
- -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- -1/2 fresh jalapeno, optional
- -ice cubes
Place all the ingredients, except the ice, in a large blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Add the ice 1 cup at a time to desired thickness.