more veg, please

I love finding creative ways to get more vegetables, especially of the leafy green variety, into my diet. This summer I got into green smoothies. The problem I have with smoothies, is you pretty much have to have one every day because they take so many fresh ingredients that need to be used quickly before they go bad. Of course, Pinterest pointed me to a perfect solution to this problem- make up a whole bunch of smoothie batter, pour it into muffin tins (you could also use ice cube trays), put them in the freezer and then voila, you have an instant smoothie on hand whenever you need your fix.

After discovering this solution and purchasing a gigantic pack of spinach at Costco, I decided my green smoothies are back  in rotation. The recipe I used this morning was from Two Peas and Their Pod. It is my favorite green smoothie recipe so far. I love that it skips the fruit juice and uses full fruits, for that extra fiber-y punch.

  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • small handful frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

Stick it all in the blender. Blend. I poured in about 1/2 cup water to get things going. If you have a crazy strong blender you might not need the water. Make sure you garnish with a cute straw.

Another of my favorite combinations:

  • half a cucumber
  • a few handfuls of spinach
  • 1/4 mango or peach
  • 2 slices cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

Add your spinach and apple juice first, blend just a bit and then add the rest of your ingredients. Again, don’t forget to garnish with a cute straw.

I don’t like a lot of ice in my smoothies, especially this time of year, so feel free to add what you like. You could also add flax seeds for some Omega-3s, nuts or peanut butter for a bit more protein- with smoothies the possibilities are endless!

Do you have any favorite combinations I should try?

Side note: for those of you who asked for the cinnamon roll recipe, it’s coming, I haven’t forgotten about you! 🙂

 

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