Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Smoothie greens for green smoothies

What is a green smoothie?

A green smoothie is a thick, frosty drink made with dark, leafy greens.  Dark leafy greens are a powerhouse of nutrients that our bodies need to be healthy. 

They are super good for us, but we don't always get enough. Green smoothies get the good stuff in painlessly. If you don't care too much for the green stuff, what better way to eat them than hidden in creamy chocolate

Most smoothie recipes call for spinach because it's tender texture and mild flavor easily vaporize into the depths of even the blandest concoction. But using the same leaves over and over robs you of the variety of nutrients that occur in so many different greens.

In the bag pictured above, I have spinach, yes, but also turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, cilantro, penny wort, wood sorrel, apple mint, and any other green leafy thing (edible, of course) I could get my hands on. I chopped everything coarsely, put it in a zippered freezer bag and popped it in the freezer. 

Now, whenever it's smoothie time, I add a handful or 2 of the green goodness, whizz it up, and enjoy a delicious, refreshing glass of good health. 

Branch out, chop up some leafiness of your own and toss it in your blender. Drink up to your good health.

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