So, for those that are interested in incorporating more vegetables and fruits into their diet, here's what I've got for you. This is the only way I get all the servings of veggies I'm supposed to get in a day, according to the Food Guide Pyramid. I have a hard time eating that many just on their own. And trust me, you eat enough, you become VERY regular if you know what I'm sayin'. ;)
Here are the basics:
**Remember, I'm usually making a large batch because of my family size. When they see me pull the blender out (or HEAR the blender) they all come running. They LOVE drinking their vegetables**
- Milk -- 1 - 1 1/2 cups (or more)... cow, rice, almond, whatever you have on hand
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 large kale leaf (benefits of kale are wonderful but if you have too much, the flavor overpowers everything else) *optional*
- 1 small bunch or 1 leaf of any other kind of green leaf (collard greens, butter leaf, red leaf lettuce, etc.) you might have *optional*
- Blend all this up. If your blender is having a hard time, you may need to add more liquid
- 1 or 2 ripe bananas (this helps make a creamier texture, not to mention great flavor)
- Other fresh and frozen fruits -- blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, mangos, apples, pears, etc. Leave the skin on the apples and pears. That is where many of the nutrients are. A good blender should have no problem with it.
- a couple spoonfuls of flax seed
- replace part of the milk with orange juice (that will help with the "green" flavor as well)
- add plain Greek yogurt, it really adds to the overall texture and flavor
- replace some greens with other veggies such as carrots and cucumber,
If you haven't given green smoothies a try, I'm tellin' ya, you're missing out! They're a great way to incorporate more of the good stuff. Great meal replacement! Trust me, you won't be hungry after drinking one of these.