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Start your day with a bright, green smoothie

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in Newsletters, Recipes & Entertaining by | Comments
Start your day with a bright, green smoothie

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ave you started out with a dietary goal too lofty to keep up with only to conveniently redefine at a later date?

If you’re nodding along, you’re not alone. Commit to a healthy eating habit that is tangible and realistic: adding a daily green smoothie.

Drinking a green smoothie every day is a fantastic way to boost your fresh vegetable and fruit intake and all the vitamin, mineral and fiber goodness your body gets from them, whether as a meal replacement or an added boost of daily greens.

The right combination of ingredients can make or break your smoothie, however, so it’s important to get the mix of vegetable and fruit, earthy and sweet right. The more you enjoy your green smoothie, the more likely you are to stick with your new routine.

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But first, let’s set ourselves up for success. To help you stick with this routine, I recommend starting a new habit of prepping your smoothies for the entire week on Sunday. It is a super-efficient use of time and only takes a few more minutes to make five than it does to make one. Most importantly, having the ingredients blender-ready each morning will ensure you stick with your goal to eat healthier!

Here’s one of my favorite recipes for a bright green, filling and yummy smoothie. These measurements make one large green smoothie, great for a meal replacement (or enough for two small smoothies if you are adding the smoothie as a green boost to your diet). Multiply ingredients x5 to prepare ahead for the entire week.

Green Zing Smoothie

  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1 cup Kale
  • 2 stalks of celery (one blended in the smoothie, one as an edible spoon)
  • 1/2 cucumber (peeled or with the skin; I prefer peeled)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 TBSP of local honey, more or less to taste
  • 10 leaves of fresh mint
  • 1/2 of a seeded, peeled lemon (remove all of the rind and as much of the white pith as possible)
  • 1 square inch cube of fresh ginger
  • 8 oz of fresh, filtered water
  • 8 oz of coconut water
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To prepare smoothies ahead of time, simply gather all of the ingredients and divide across five freezer bags, omitting the liquid. If adding honey, place a tablespoon on top of the spinach leaves and cover with a few other ingredients. It will freeze in place and add the perfect amount of sweetness.

Once you’ve filled the bag, zip it closed without any air trapped inside, and place in your freezer. Each morning, simply grab a bag and drop the frozen contents directly into your high-powered blender and add the 16 ounces of fluid. Because your ingredients are frozen, there is no need to add extra ice. Blend until all ingredients are fully combined and garnish with a fresh stalk of celery, using it as an edible spoon.

Enjoy this healthy addition to 2016. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and add more or less lemon, ginger, mint and honey to taste.

Do you have any favorite recipes you prepare for the full week ahead? Share yours in the comments below!

This article was written by Candace Thomas, a proud mom of two young boys and the editor-in-chief at Luxe … With Kids. As a busy mom, Candace is always on the lookout for trends in fashion, food, and fun. Keep up with her family’s healthy lifestyle adventures on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She is also recognized as an LG VIP Blogger.