Hey y’all! Sorry for my recent hiatus, but there’s been some absolute CRAZINESS going on lately!
So, as most of you know I have been buckling down a lot recently on my health and wellness journey and effectively cut out all meat and dairy (I’ve had a few slip ups, but nothing major).
I will say though, last week I ate like straight up shit. One of my close friends that lives out of state was in town and it just wreaked havoc on my body. People were bringing in food to the office, everyone was going out all the time. Needless to say some meat and dairy found their way through. Plus some fried things. Plus some chocolate. And honestly it was just a mess.
And lord have mercy can my body tell! I feel like a little meatball walking around here!
So, the next week or so are going to be very strenuous & strict with my clean eating to get myself back on track.
With that being said, one of the staples that I’m going to be relying on is my daily green smoothie!♥
Y’all smoothies are so dope. I won’t even lie. I love them so much!
I love daily smoothies, smoothie bowls, frozen smoothies so I can eat them like ice cream. Just YUM YUM YUM. All. The. Smoothies.
So, needless to say I’ve been experimenting a lot recently and coming up with my own smoothie recipes.
One that I came up with pretty early on that is still by far one of my favorites is my green smoothie. Or, as my nephews call it “Aunt T’s Green Juice” (hint hint- its kid approved)!
So, here’s what you’ll need:
- 5 cups of greens. I use equal parts chard, beet tops, spinach, and kale, but you can substitute any leafy greens that you like to get the total!
- 3.5 cups of almond milk
- 2 TBSP of Wheat Germ
- 1 TBSP Flax
- 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
- Either 1 small banana or 1/2 a large banana
- The fresh squeezed juice from one whole grapefruit
- 3/4 cup of mango & pineapple chunks – I use frozen because not only are they cheaper but I think it gives the smoothie a more milkshake-esque consistency
- 1 shot glass full (averages out to 3-5 TBSP) of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 – 1.5 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
- Ice Cubes (as many or as little as you want to get the desired consistency
- Just throw all that shit in a blender in any order that you want and blend away.
Ta-Da! It’s Done!
No, but seriously. One of the reasons I love smoothies so much is how easy they are to make. You literally just throw the shit in a blender and voila- Foood!
The thing I love so much about this particular smoothie (aside from it’s taste, because it’s amazeballs) is how much energy it gives me and how full it makes me.
Not only is it SUPER packed with nutrients and protein, but the wheat germ and the chia seeds help to make it more filling. All of that makes one HUGE ASS smoothie. I usually use that as my breakfast in the mornings on week days, since I can make it relatively quick. If you are going to be using it as a snack though I definitely recommend only drinking half in one sitting. Because it is kind of calorie laden since it contains high sugar fruit. Now, the nutritional benefits definitely outweigh the calorie intake and I’ve found it to be an awesome meal replacement. I just would not drink the whole thing as a snack.
Also, the amount of vitamins in this thing is INSANE! So, it leaves you feeling super energized. I can tell a huge difference in my energy levels between days that I didn’t have it and days that I did.
A word to the wise, though. With all the fiber in the greens and all of the protein it will act kinda like a scrub brush for you
I definitely intend to keep getting in the kitchen & fiddling around with more recipes. But, this one is definitely staying in the books! If I come up with any more delish & nutrish smoothies I’ll be sending them your way!
Until next time, y’all. Stay healthy!