Green Herbal Smoothie

I can’t believe we are on the last week of our month long Green Smoothie Challenge!!  I can’t believe I haven’t had a coffee house pastry for breakfast in 3 weeks!  I also LOVED last week’s Fruits of Autumn smoothie, did you??

If you have missed any of the past smoothie recipes, check them out here;

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 1- Garden Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 2- Radiate with RED

Green Smoothie Challenge- Week 3- Fruits of Autumn 

Lets get on to Selena and her wonderful recipes.  This week she has TWO smoothies to send us on our way!

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Welcome to the last week of the Green Smoothie Challenge!  This week you have two choices, either step it up a notch with the greens and herbs, or give yourself a treat with something more like dessert.  Before we head over to the recipes, I want to address a few questions I’ve been getting about the smoothies.

Why green smoothies?  I’ve written a post about this entitled,  “Why Go Green” Smoothies.

What are the smoothies supposed to do for you?  The idea is to change up your breakfast (and/or snack) utilizing foods we just don’t eat enough of and are power packed with nutrients.  For some, this type of breakfast (pulverized fruits and veggies), will bring great energy and a more lifted spirit.  For others, it may just leave them hungry.  It is very individual.

I’m still hungry!  You always have the option to add in almond butter or a high quality whey protein to your smoothie.  My post-workout smoothie usually includes one of these.

I can’t stomach the kale, chard, collards, etc.  Use spinach or dark leaf lettuce.  These are more delicate greens and have a much milder taste.

What can I add to make it sweeter (more palatable!)?  The best way to add some creamy sweetness to your green smoothie is to add a banana.  Next, a touch more honey or even some stevia.

My flax seeds get stuck in my teeth.  Blend your flax seeds FIRST!   Flax seeds need to be opened up to create flax meal.  This is the only way to activate and digest this food.  The alternative is chia seeds that can be eaten whole (however, better if soaked for 10 minutes first).

Do I have to do this forever?  If you have taken the challenge, notice how you have felt after your smoothies and a few hours afterwards.  If you had a positive change, then you can decide if you want to use smoothie sporadically or daily.  As we roll into winter, smoothies may be too cold for comfort.  Winter is a time for warmer foods!

If you had a less than amazing experience during this challenge, I suggest trying different concoctions from time to time.  You may stumble upon something you (and your kids) will love.  Check out the morning milkshake post that was a winner with my kiddos!

On to the smoothies!

This week we are going “top shelf” by adding some herbs!  Parsley and cilantro make an appearance.

Parsley health benefits:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Has been used to help reduce tumors
  • High in Vit K, Vit A, and Vit C
  • Anti-inflammatory powers
  • Great source of folic acid!
  • **contains oxalic acid – not recommended for those who have kidney and gallbladder disease

Cilantro health benefits:

  • Helps cleanse the blood of heavy metals
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Fends off free radicals
  • Helps improve cholesterol levels

Green Herbal Smoothie

8 oz water
1 large leaf kale, collards, or chard OR 4 -5 beet greens OR 1 huge handful of spinach
½ carrot*
½ apple*
small handful of parsley
smaller handful of cilantro (start small and work your way to larger quantities)
½-1 TB raw honey
1 TB flax meal or chia seeds
½- 1c ice

Optional add-ins:

1 TB coconut oil, ½ tsp brewer’s yeast, 1 tsp lemon juice (gives it a great kick!)

*remember to grate or dice these veggies if you don’t have a high powered blender!

Want to see how I make a smoothie?  Watch THIS!

Iron Women Gingerbread Smoothie

Your second choice is a great addition in taste and nutrients.  You will get a kick of Iron into your diet with blackstrap molasses and chia seeds.  I love this smoothie and sometimes freeze it and eat it like ice cream for a dessert!  Credit for this smoothie goes to the great blog:  Oh She Glows!


1 c milk or milk alternative (I like almond milk or a ½ c of canned coconut milk to make it REALLY thick!)
1-2 TB blackstrap molasses
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 frozen banana
1 TB chia seeds (soaked for about 10 minutes to activate – optional)
½ c ice

Blend everything except the molasses.  Stir in the molasses 1 TB a time.  It is a little overpowering, so start of small!

YUM!

I would love to hear your experiences with the smoothies!  Please leave a comment below.

If you are interested in learning more about nutrient dense foods and how they can improve your energy, your weight, and your life, please visit my website at www.RadiantLifeHealthCounseling.com or email me at selenamoffitt@gmail.com

And, as always, visit my blog :  www.1MomsMission.com

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