This week many of us will find ourselves donning traditional green clothing…but why stop there? Dress up your meals with a little more festive flair, too! Longmont wellness consultant and founder of The Organic Manic, Brandi Ginn, makes going greener a little easier with this fabulous green smoothie. Enjoy!
Green Smoothie Starter (adapted from Kimberly Snyder)
Filled with just the right balance of greens and fruit, this smoothie is a great introduction to what’s fast becoming a healthy staple. By starting each day with greens, our bodies receive the nutrients they desperately need, minimizing cravings throughout the day. Spinach is high in glycoglycerolipids, shown to help protect the lining of the digestive tract; cilantro aids the body in detoxing heavy metals. When consumed raw, fruits and veggies contain live enzymes aiding in digestion and helping the body to function at optimal levels. This starter smoothie is best when cold, and can be stored covered in the fridge for up to two days.
- 1 c water
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 generous handful of baby spinach
- 4 stalks celery
- 1 sliced apple
- 1 sliced pear
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- approximately 2 tablespoons cilantro
- ½ c ice
1. Add spinach and lettuce to water and blend.
2. Add celery, apple, and pear; blend again.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend again to desired consistency.