In a previous post, Green Smoothies 101, we discussed all things green smoothies. Today I share with you the signature green smoothie of Nutrition Stripped: introducing the Stripped Green Smoothie! The Stripped Green Smoothie is my daily go-to green smoothie, especially pre- or post-workout for easily absorbable nutrition. It’s loaded with dark leafy greens, sweet fruits, citrus, and a couple other delicious secret ingredients. Freshly made fruit and vegetable smoothies are especially great in the morning to give our digestion a rest and continue with the detoxification process during the night before. It provides energy I need (and will for you too!) throughout the entire day with easy to digest fruits, vegetables, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, protein and more!
What exactly makes this a “stripped” smoothie and what does this mean? The Stripped Green Smoothie is simply a high quality, nutrient dense, easy to digest green smoothie stripped from anything else but organic raw vegetables, greens, and fruits. The Stripped Green Smoothie can be used as a “base” to build upon with other ingredients, which I commonly do. For example, I will add in extra plant based protein powders post-workout, or I’ll add extra fruit and sometimes extra add-ins like superfood powders as well to mix it up. Enjoy this green smoothie as a base for your daily smoothie, or simply drink in its pure form!
These ingredients make the Stripped Green Smoothie unlike any other smoothie. All of them have a special purpose and role in making this THE green smoothie you’ll want to keep on hand.
- Cinnamon: Natural blood sugar stabilizer and perfect to combine with the sugar from the fruits in this smoothie.
- Turmeric: A powerhouse of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and other health benefits. Read more about its properties in this blog post about Turmeric.
- Cayenne: Just a little dash will do! It stimulates digestion and metabolism, boosts the immune system, prevents stomach ulcers, and fights inflammation.
- Parsley: Tastes refreshing but is also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients with chemoprotective compounds (a.k.a. anti-cancer!)
- Cilantro: If you eat fish often, cilantro is great to incorporate into your smoothies to help rid the body of heavy metals.
- Brazil nuts: High in selenium to combat the large amounts of raw kale used in this smoothie. Brazil nuts are incredibly high in selenium which supports iodine levels which in turn support a healthy thyroid. Selenium is also a crucial mineral in the conversion of T4 to T3 (an active form of thyroid hormone, low T3 may indicate hypothyroidism). Just 1 brazil nut a day meets 137% of your daily value for selenium!
- Freshness: Ideally, when making this smoothie or any fresh smoothie containing raw vegetables and fruits, the best time to consume it is directly after making to ensure less nutrient loss.
- Although you lose some nutrients (minimal) during the blending and storing process, this is far better than not drinking this glorious smoothie at all!
- Storage: Therefore, when making this in a batch, I highly recommend storing it in airtight containers with minimal space left at the top for trapped air. Another alternative is storing it in the freezer and thawing it out in the refrigerator the evening before drinking it.
- Tip: When making a large batch of this, sometimes I’ll keep all the fruit out of this recipe and store in airtight containers, and then once I’m ready to enjoy the smoothie I’ll re-blend, add the fresh or frozen fruit, and enjoy!
- Texture: To have the optimal texture, using a high-speed blender is vital! It’ll create a velvety smooth texture that makes drinking greens enjoyable and delicious. If you don’t own a high-speed blender remember these tips:
- Add water first followed by the most water-rich fruits and veggies first, blend one at a time until smooth, then continue adding more ingredients.
- 2 cups of filtered water
- 1 cup of coconut water (or double the filtered water)
- 1 large bunch (5 heaping handfuls) of organic lacinato kale/regular kale
- 1 large head of organic romaine
- 5-7 large stalks of organic celery, chopped
- 1 organic apple, cored and chopped
- 1-2 bananas, chopped
- ½ cup organic cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup of cilantro
- ½ cup of parsley
- Juice of 1 lemon/meyer lemon
- 4 brazil nuts
- dash of cayenne (optional yet recommended)
- dash of cinnamon (optional yet recommended))
- dash of turmeric (optional yet recommended))
- Using the Vitamix or a high-speed blender, pour filtered water(s) into the blender.
- Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed to puree.
- Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale.
- Add all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy!
- *At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency!
- Pour into individual airtight mason jars or other airtight liquid container.
Recommended but optional // cilantro and parsley
To make sweeter // add more banana or stevia to taste
To decrease sugar // use half the amount of fruit and add stevia to taste
To make thicker // use less water, add ice
To make thinner // use more water
Optional // add fresh mint
P.S. Try it as just a single serving here or in as a smoothie bowl like this!
Stay tuned for many other variations on green smoothies and non-green smoothie recipes in the future! How do you like making your green smoothies? Is this your first time trying? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences! Comment below. If you’re interested in making your own smoothies with the same blender I use, Vitamix is the one for me (and for you too!).