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The “Training Wheels” Smoothie: Simple Spinach & Banana

If you want more energy, stronger and more efficient elimination/digestion, reduced cravings for bad foods, a stronger immune system (’tis the season for colds and flu), healthy skin and hair and a bunch of other goodness, it’s time to bring the power of the green smoothie into your life with this simple recipe. A green smoothie would do you right after all the holiday feasting this past weekend.

For those of you who want to try a green smoothie but may be intimidated or turned off by the color, give this one a try. It is only three ingredients, takes a few minutes to make and if you closed your eyes while you sip, you’d have no idea that you were basically drinking a ginormous fiber-rich salad.

You can also use this recipe as a base for improvisation—adding strawberries, blueberries, some ground flax, hemp seeds, pineapple, fresh almond milk

 

TIP: For a frostier smoothie, use a frozen banana. It’s super important to peel before you freeze (just go ahead and try to peel a frozen banana). I tend to keep a bunch already peeled in an airtight glass container in the freezer, so when I want to make a smoothie, I just reach in the freezer and toss it in the blender. This goes for all fruit. If I have some fresh fruit that is a day away from going bad, and I won’t be able to get to it in time, I toss it in the freezer to save for smoothies. I love going in there to find figs, peaches and other goodies that are out of season.

 

Tools:
Blender

Ingredients:
Try to buy everything organic. Here’s why.
3 large handfuls spinach (you can easily use mixed greens, romaine or boston lettuce instead)
2 cups pure water (add extra flavor/natural sweetness with coconut water)
1 ripe banana
(optional) 2 medjool dates (or any kind of date—here’s how to remove pits)
(optional) 1 tsp cold-pressed coconut oil

 

Let’s get started.
Wash you spinach well.

Place all ingredients in the blender and mix until well blended. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more water.

Enjoy!

Store any extra in the fridge in an airtight glass container. Just shake up before you drink and remember that the fresher it is, the better.

 

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