As I've been transitioning my diet to a cleaner, healthier one; I've found one of the obstacles that can make eating healthy difficult is time. It takes time to make healthy food, to have fresh produce, to wash it and prep it. When we are short on time, something often has to give and far too often that can mean healthy eating. I've found the more I set myself up for success, the more likely I am to eat food that nourishes me (plus I don't really have any junk in my place, so that helps too). However, if I don't have fresh produce ready to go that means I may be missing some greens or fruit that day- which is what I don't want to do. For me, the whole point of eating healthy isn't about dieting and my weight. It's about being healthy, giving my body the nutrients that it needs to thrive and allow me to live my best life.
I like to think of my daily green smoothie as my daily dose of vitamins. It's a great way to jam-pack leafy greens and fruit into my diet; to ensure I'm getting some essential fruits and vegetables regardless of my other meals.
In order to keep some green smoothies available for my daily consumption, I've found "Smoothie Prepping" over the weekend to be the best trick. I make a big batch and divide it up into mason jars so they are ready for me throughout the week.
My favorite green smoothie recipe is the "Glowing Green" Smoothie by Kimberly Snyder.
The recipe includes:
8 -oz clean/filtered water
head of romaine lettuce
spinach or kale bunch
celery- 4-5 stalks
1 lemon (squeezed)
optional parsley, cilantro, dandelion greens or other greens of choice
Start with the 8 oz of water adding in the greens, blending at a low speed. Add in all other fruits and veggies, blend at medium speed until the texture is smooth.
What I love about this recipe is the ease of swapping out produce, adding and deleting produce based on the season or simply what you have available in your kitchen.
This recipe is *freezer friendly and keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, so you'll always have a green smoothie ready to go. *Tip- transfer smoothie from freezer to fridge the night before for more enjoyable sipping.
Added bonus- these smoothies make excellent travel companions. I take these on every trip with me. TSA permits you to bring frozen liquids through the carryon checkpoint, so I already have a ready-made smoothie for each morning of my trip! I like to reuse old water bottles or juice containers for these smoothies. A tip, although you are able to bring frozen liquid bottles through the TSA carryon checkpoint, they will likely pull your luggage to inspect what it is. If you take out the bottles prior to sending your luggage through the x-ray, putting them in a separate bin for screening, you will likely save yourself the hassle of having your luggage pulled for inspection.