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Friday, August 3, 2012

Got Greens?

Creepy?  No, green is the new sexy!  This is the love of my life and he loves him a green smoothie.  The other day I had to snap this photo because we had just made green smoothies and we heard a knock at the door.  After visiting with a buddy Brad rejoined us and I asked him, "Did you scare any young children?  Have you seen your pearly greens?"  When he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror I think we laughed until we cried (or peed our pants) whichever comes first these days.

Green smoothies are a great way to get your greens when you are on the go.  I am a big promoter of chewing your greens but this is another alternative.  My kids will ask me for one and it makes my heart do a pitter patter when I see a green mustache on their sweet lips.  Instead of "Got milk?", I want to scream from the roof tops, "Got Greens?"

Let me tell you the basics I put in my green smoothies:

Green Smoothie Basics:
2 cups of water or unsweetened almond milk ( I prefer vanilla) or a combination of both
1 banana
1+ cups frozen fruit ( my kiddos love blueberries because they mask the green color)
Greens (spinach is a fav), fill the rest of the blender with them 

You will not taste the spinach, I promise.  If you doubt me, just start out with a little less greens and work your way up.  Add extra liquid or more frozen fruit if the consistency needs to be tweaked to your satisfaction.

Optional add-ins:
1 scoop protein powder (Vega Vanilla is one of my favorites)
1 tsp ground Amla Powder (from the Indian Gooseberry - Indian stores carry it, it is cheap, and it is off the charts high in antioxidants - give it try.  For more fascinating information about Amla click here
1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seeds  (high in omega 3s, lignans, and fiber)
1 tsp Cinnamon (helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and helps our metabolism, also high in antioxidants)
a little squirt of agave nectar to sweeten the deal (especially for the kiddos)

I blend until my heart is happy...it doesn't take long! 


  1. thank you amy! i love your writing style! thanks brad for looking like a total creeper all for "THE CAUSE!" ;) can't wait to research amla powder! this is exciting!

  2. I am goung to try this! Do you think kale or swiss chards would work well in place of spinach? I could easily go to the store for spinach but i have the others fresh in the garden.

    1. Kale is probably the most nutrient dense, but be warned that it is a little more "green" tasting than spinach. Maybe start with a little less, maybe a handful or 2? The lemon cucumbers were so great. I had never tasted them. WoW!

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