Are you like me, you had plenty of sweet treats and just extra eating over the holiday and you need to do a little detox? Maybe you didn’t eat terribly, you just need to take a break from the carb overload. The leftovers are gone and you have a few weeks until Christmas so now is as good of time as any to clean up your act a little bit. That means it’s time for a green smoothie, or two or three.
I am on a mission for the next three weeks until Christmas to lay off the sweet treats and up my vegetable intake. So where you might expect to see Christmas desserts and candies on a food blog in the month of December, I’m really going to try to stick to recipes of good clean healthy eating. That has always been my goal, but I can get carried away with baking, especially this time of year. So for this post Holiday Green smoothie, I’m going for the gusto, this green smoothie is not for the faint of heart.
Now this is just my opinion, take it or leave it. I believe that for a green smoothie to be considered green, it needs to have more greens than fruit or at least an equal fifty, fifty match up, one cup of greens or more for every piece of fruit. My other opinion is, if all your smoothie consists of is fruit and milk, than really it’s dessert and we really shouldn’t eat or drink dessert for breakfast. I do believe we all need to eat fruit, but when you’re blending up possibly four different kinds of fruit at one time, pouring it in a glass and calling it healthy, then that’s stretching healthy a little bit. Next time you need to at least add some fresh spinach to it, of which you won’t even be able to taste. Yeah, your smoothie will be green instead of the pretty pink, or purple from the strawberries or blueberries, but at least you know you are balancing out those sugar and carbs with the benefits of the greens, but hey that’s just my opinion.
So if you’re ready to go for the gusto and leave the fruit behind for one smoothie, I know it’s hard, believe me you’re not the only one that likes the fruit, here’s my version of an organic non GMO V-8.
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 3-4 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 cups greens, I used 1 cup spinach and 1 cup kale
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup tomatoes
- 1 cup of ice
- In Vitamix or high powered blender add water, chia seeds and hemp hearts, blend.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Drink up!
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