Start the day right every morning — and especially on St. Patrick’s Day morning — with this healthy DIY Green Smoothie.
My family calls me the “Queen of Theme.” I love any excuse to turn a holiday or other special occasion into a celebration. I generally will dress up for the day but more importantly, I will make all kinds of food to fit the theme. For example, on St. Patrick’s Day, it is all about the green: green bagels and green milk for breakfast; green apples and shamrock sugar cookies with lunch; and this year, green enchiladas with green salad for dinner.
But nothing that says green more on St. Patrick’s Day than starting the morning with a DIY Green Smoothie.A green smoothie helps you enjoy your RDA of fruits & veggies & combats risk of cancer, strokes, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease as you age Click To Tweet
I have perfected my green smoothie to this delicious, healthy, and quick beverage. Using these ingredients, it is a tasty way to include 7 helpings of your daily required vegetable and fruit servings.
Get Going with this Green Smoothie
In a high speed blender, combine (in this order) these vegetables: spinach (or kale), zucchini, and cucumber. Then add 1 cup water. Next add some fruits to naturally sweeten the green smoothie: (frozen or fresh) strawberries, grapes, mango, apple. Blend until smooth. Makes 2-3 servings.
A banana would also be a great addition to this green smoothie. Because I am allergic to bananas, I use mango to give the green smoothie a similar texture.
Coconut water could be used instead of the water for an added health benefit.
I also like to add a couple of tablespoons of aloe vera gel that I take from an aloe vera plant myself!! Aloe Vera is great for your immune system.
After I pour the green smoothie in to my glass, I will also put in one tablespoon of chia seeds for an added nutrition boost.
This green smoothie can be made the night before so that it is ready when you take off for your day. Just be sure to stir before drinking to blend the ingredients again.
Here’s a tip about drinking a green smoothie that I learned from a raw food class: chew your smoothie. Chewing activates your saliva glands and alerts your stomach for better absorption into your system. I will admit: it is a tad strange to be chewing a drink. But if that adds nutritional benefits, so be it.
Whether you’re Irish or not, you’ll be sure to find nutritional luck by including this green smoothie in your healthy diet.