Oh my goodness I have become obsessed with smoothies. Not the kind with yogurt and sweet stuff in them, more like give me all the greens with a lot of ginger kind of smoothie.
Ever since giving up coffee, and caffeine of any kind, it’s been smoothie city around here. Let me tell you giving up coffee/caffeine was hard. It took me two years of trying and failing, to finally make it stick. I was sicker than a dog for about two days with extreme body aches and joint pain, and headaches when I cut it out completely (I had tapered switching to decaf for a few months before stopping completely) and that was all I need to convince myself of how bad it was for my body (never mind that I had been having health issues due to caffeine for some time…that should have convinced me right there…duh), and stay on the wagon!
Back to the smoothies…so I’ve been ordering them anywhere I can get them, that makes them healthy. I want greens, fruit, ginger, and water, or fresh squeezed juice/organic no sugar added juice smoothies. And, let me tell you there are not that many places around here that make them like that and if they do it’s a lot of $$. So, I resorted to experimenting on my own.
A few tips, when you find a blend that’t right for you, freeze your smoothie makings in zip-lock bags, in single serving sizes. That way when you have a craving it’s ready to go! Also, squeeze-tube ginger is the best for blending, total flavor punch which I love!
My Smoothie Recipe (of sorts)
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1/2 cup frozen kale
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen other fruit of choice (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, banana) or any combo you prefer. Or, do a whole cup of just mango.
1 squeeze of ginger, if you like ginger make it a big old squeeze, if you don’t love it make it a little squeeze, or skip it.
Optional – dash of chili powder – if I’m feeling spicy I add it.
Optional – dollop of honey, I don’t like sweet things so I skip this, but have tried it once and it was good.
About 2 cups of water, or 1 1/2 cups water and 1/2 cup of juice such as mango or apple.
Blend it all up, put it in a glass and enjoy!
The only “problem” with this blend is you get spinach and kale stuck in your teeth, so floss!