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Eat Well Feb. 22. 2013
Beverages

The Stripped Green Smoothie

Feb. 22. 2013
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

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!

Get stripped.

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!

 

It’s unique…

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!

Tips

  • 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.

Stripped Green Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 or 4
The signature green smoothie of Nutrition Stripped full of raw fruits and vegetables. Raw, VGN, GF
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
  • 1/2 cup organic cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 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))
Instructions
  1. Using the Vitamix or a high-speed blender, pour filtered water(s) into the blender.
  2. Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed to puree.
  3. Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy!
  5. *At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency!
  6. Pour into individual airtight mason jars or other airtight liquid container.
Serving size: 1/4 Calories: 155 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 32 (net 24) Sugar: 15 Fiber: 9 Protein: 5
Notes
Nutritional information is for 1 banana not 2.[br]Recommended but optional // cilantro and parsley [br]To make sweeter // add more banana or stevia to taste[br]To decrease sugar // use half the amount of fruit and add stevia to taste[br]To make thicker // use less water, add ice[br]To make thinner // use more water[br]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!).

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 2 or 4

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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
  • 1/2 cup organic cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 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))

Directions:

  1. Using the Vitamix or a high-speed blender, pour filtered water(s) into the blender.
  2. Add chopped celery stalks and romaine lettuce first, and turn on low speed to puree.
  3. Gradually increase the speed and add chopped kale.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until creamy!
  5. *At this point you may add more water to achieve your desired consistency!
  6. Pour into individual airtight mason jars or other airtight liquid container.

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  • YUM! This looks amazing!

  • I’m obsessed with green smoothies since getting my Vitamix. Love this one! 🙂

    • Thanks Kiersten! Don’t you love the vitamix? It changed my world (in the kitchen) when I first got mine haha. Love your site by the way 🙂

  • Melissa M

    Blendtec>Vitamix 🙂 Just ordered our Blendtec Designer Series last week and have been able to make a variety of things! I’ll admit, i’ve been a bit intimidated of the “GREEN SMOOTHIE” because i never know what ingredients to throw in to have it keep a delightful taste. Thanks to you Mckel, i’m printing this recipe and making it tomorrow morning! Thanks so much for the great post! So happy for you and your Nutritious ventures! xoxox You would have fit in so well in Colorado!

    • Hey Melissa!
      Hope all is well! I’m so glad you made the “big” purchase for a blender, it’s so worth it! Let me know how you like the smoothie! If it helps, starting out I’d add a little more fruit until you get “used to” the flavor of green smoothies. I’ll be posting more smoothies along the way. P.S. Colorado is still on my list of place to live 😉

      xo

  • Samantha R

    Sorry not sure if you have answered this already, though can you juice this instead of blending them? Is there much difference in nutritional value?

    • Great question! Yes, if you’d like to juice this recipe you can certainly do that! Actually you’ve given me a fantastic idea, keep your eyes posted for a potential future post. Juicing is great and so is drinking smoothies for different reasons. Smoothies contain the fiber and nutrients, juice just contain the water and nutrients. Both equally great. I will go in depth with this topic soon, I promise 🙂

  • Yvette

    Hi! I’m new to making green smoothies. If I were to just make a serving for myself every morning how much should I taper the recipe? I always feel like I end up making too much and wasting it. Thanks! Can’t wait to try it out.

    • Hi Yvette, great question. You can simply cut the recipe in quarters as the full recipe makes 4 servings or 2 large servings. If you have any left over just keep it in an air tight container for later or the next morning!

  • Miranda

    So how long do the left over smoothies typically last in the fridge? I’m very excited to finally try these stripped smoothies. Everything about your blog I find very inspiring!

    • With the Stripped Smoothie, if kept in an air tight container you can keep in the refrigerator for the maximum of 4 days. Ideally you want to make green smoothies and consume them right away, but we all don’t have time for that! That’s why I will make large batches and freeze 2 servings and keep the remaining 2 in my refrigerator. The night before I want to have the frozen green smoothie, I simply let it thaw out in the refrigerator and then reblend the next morning to combine the ingredients once more. I hope that answers your question and thanks for stopping by, come back soon! 🙂

      • Susanne

        Have you also found that the taste of green smoothies often changes when kept in the fridge for another day? I find that they often attain a hint of bitterness they didn’t have when they were fresh. Any suggestions to stop this change of taste? Thanks.

        • Hi Susanne,
          I haven’t noticed a differences, they’re still as delicious as when I first make them. A tip is to just reblend them before drinking if you’ve made more than one at a time 😉

  • vanessa

    love them all 🙂

  • Obsessed with your Instagram account, so had to check out the infamous stripped smoothie recipe- looks and sounds amazing! I usually made a green smoothie for breakfast with almond milk + spinach + add-ins but this base sounds even better!

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you’re going to try it out, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Come back soon 😉

  • Angela Cash

    Got my vitamix today! If I were to make a batch of the green smoothie according to the recipe and divide it into 4 servings could you use the portions in your fridge as a base for other smoothies for the next 3 days? In other words, take the green smoothie mixture, dump it back in the blender and add pineapple or some other frozen fruit to sweeten it up a little?

    • Hey Angela! Wonderful! Did you find the coupon code for the Vitamix? To answer your question, yes! That’s exactly what I do (if you follow me on instagram that’s what I always refer too: the stripped smoothie + something + something + etc.) but there are many days I simply drink it in the original recipe with nothing added extra. Let me know how you like it!

  • Elly

    What would be a good replacement for Banana? I am allergic to them, so I have been avoiding recipes with them in it, but if I can use a good replacement which does the same in providing sweetness and creaminess that would be even better. Your recipes look delish!

    • Hi Elly! Great question. You can use any fruit you enjoy! Pears and apples would be a good substitute as they hold up in smoothies better and give it a thicker texture. Also, don’t limit yourself there, try other fruits like berries, peaches, plums, mangos, etc. Whatever you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and come back again 🙂

    • SJ

      You should add avocado. It’s perfect for any smoothie. I thought it would be weird but it’s delicious and adds creamy texture as well as bing incredibly healthy.

      • I add avocados to certain smoothies- my signature green smoothie as noted here it meant for a different purpose. Enjoy -m.h.

  • Heather

    I was told to try a blueberry , strawberry , red apples infused water …Any advice! cause I am trying to lose weight and try to stop drinking some much pop and more water , but dont like the taste of plain water…I do think i would like the blueberry,strawberry and apple water…but could I do something like cherries and banannas ….I love taste of them too

    • Choose whatever fruits you enjoy! As I stated in the content, it’s not a specific recipe, (and theres no magic combination for weight loss)- it’s about infusing the water to make it taste great! 😉

  • Roxanne

    So, I have been making variations on the green smoothie for a few months now. They have been awesome, delicious, amazing, incredible (etc) ways to start the day. The past few weeks, however, I have been experiencing extreme discomfort after drinking my smoothie, sometimes just 1/4 or 1/2 way through. I get terrible stomach pains/cramps that are completely debilitating. I try to drink enough water to flush all the fiber and stuff out of my system, but it just doesn’t seem to help. I tried leaving out the celery and cucumber I usually put in my smoothies and lowering the amount of greens, attributing the pain to consuming too much fiber all at once. I still get the pains. It is so bad that I am seriously considering stopping my smoothie consumption for awhile, which is super sad to me because I was raving not too long ago about how amazing they are. Do you have any experience with this or insight as to why this is happening?
    Thanks!!

    • Hi Roxanne, I’m sorry you’re experiencing those symptoms, I’ve never come across that before. It may be something else in your diet. Feel free to email me for a nutrition consult and we can troubleshoot some potential options!

      • Erica

        Hi McKel! I also get stomach pains after drinking smoothies. I’ve heard green/veg smoothies are rough on people with digestive issues, as raw vegetables are tough to digest. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, you should avoid raw veggies most of the time, especially if you have a certain body constitution and/or it’s cold outside. It’s a shame, because I LOVE them, but I don’t think my gut can handle them 🙁 Guess I’ll have to stick to “soup” smoothies!

        • Great question! Yes, since they contain a lot of fiber, those with weak digestive systems or IBS may be a bit sensitive. Take it slow and use more water than vegetables to make it thinner or start with half a serving gradually working up.

    • Lola

      It could easily be the smoothies and is probably the cause of your stomach complaints. It also could mean that you have an underlying stomach condition. For those of us with gastro problems green smoothies can be a terrible choice. With most gastro conditions the amount of protein and fiber within these smoothies plus the fact that they are made with dark leafy greens which are extremely hard for a person with a gastro problem to digest. In many cases those of us who are in a flare of our gastro problems are told to not eat any raw fruits or vegetables until our symptoms subside. That being said green smoothies are an excellent source of nutrients. I personally love them but when I make them I cut them down quite a bit so that I’m not shoving every vegetable possible into them which is a sure fire way to make me sick. Instead I do kale and apple or kale and banana or kale and blueberries and so on. I find that by limiting the ingredients my body stands a much better chance to digest them. Though if I could drink them without consequence this stripped smoothie is what I would go for. It sounds excellent.

  • Hogai

    Its sooo amazing! Loved it!

  • i make my green smoothies similar to yours except that I have never experimented with super food add ins, I dont know what pairs well with what and how to maximize its use, maybe a post for us?

    • It’s all about experimenting and finding some you enjoy! You can never go wrong real cocoa powder (raw), goji berries, or coconut. Also, if you’re on Facebook/instagram/twitter I often share combinations daily with my smoothies!

  • Alice Williams

    Hi Mckel!
    I literally just made your stripped smoothie recipe just now (but replaced the romaine with spinach) and my boyfriend and I both love it! My boyfriend normally hates green smoothies with a passion but he was so impressed with this.
    I’ll definitely be using your recipe forever haha 🙂

  • Janna

    Is fruit say, 2 hours before bed okay to eat? what else would you recommend to eat before bed?

  • James

    Hi McKel,
    I just made your smoothie and found it to be better than expected, in other words it was quite good! Anyway just thought I would mention that I followed your directions implicitly (as I am a man) and found that I had the cucumbers and Brazil nuts left over. It seems that this was omitted from the instructions (at least the version I had read). Would you suggest I add the cucumbers at the same time as the kale? Also when would you suggest to add the Brazil nuts and should they be crushed before being added?

    • Hi James!
      I’m so glad you experimented and tried the green smoothie- glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you just add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! If you have a high speed blender, it will take care of chopping everything with no work for you- if you have a standard blender I would suggest adding in ingredients one at a time to make sure it’s all smooth.

  • Misha

    Hello! Thank you so much for posting this! I just discovered your site and started following you on instagram.
    I am really passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and would love to start drinking your stripped greeen smoothies. The calorie content is 155, and you mentioned that you drink this for breakfast after workouts, so I was wondering, do you eat something in addition to this for breakfast?
    I don’t want to eat less than I should, and a breakfast of 155 calories seems low.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Misha,
      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Stripped Green Smoothie! I of course add-in many other things to increase the calorie content- this is just a base to use or to double the serving. Check my Green Smoothies 101 post for more add-in details 🙂

      • Misha

        Oh! Thank you so much! I will definitely add green smoothie bowls into my breakfast rotation! 🙂

  • Paige

    My stripped green smoothies keep turning out grainy instead of smooth and creamy like yours. It’s probably my blender, right?

  • lara

    Hey you 🙂
    I just have to say that you have such a great blog. I just fell in love with it. The Recipes are amazing and you’re just inspiring. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    And I definitely are going to try out a green smoothie!!!

    • Hi Lara, Thank you SO much for your kind words- I truly appreciate that! Be sure to share your remake #nutritionstripped 😉

  • I can’t wait to try this! One question though, can the banana be substituted with anything else? I can’t eat uncooked bananas without getting a terrible stomach ache. In some of my other smoothies I’ve used avocado instead. Would this work? I LOVE your blog, just stumbled upon it through the Chalkboard Mag website…you are truly an inspiration!

    • Hi Marianne,
      Great question- yes avocados or pears would work in place of a banana. So glad you’ve visit my blog, I appreciate all the love and support! Enjoy -m.h.

  • Kayleigh stevenson

    Just made my first green smoothie I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it but I love it!!! Tastes so good. As a dairy gluten free er I love your recipes thank you! X

    • Hi Kayleigh, I’m SO glad you enjoyed it! You can add a lot of variety with the taste by adding/subtracting the fruits, I’m happy you tried it with success. Best to you xx mh

  • Tasha

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’m just now trying your stripped smoothie. It was similar to something I was already making so I figured it was basically the same.
    Boy was I missing out!!!!
    It is so delicious.
    It maybe the only thing I want all day long.
    So, so very good!
    Thanks!

  • Annabelle

    Hi 🙂 I just wanted to say that your blog is amazing and is the only one i ever use.
    I noticed that you changed the format for accessing the recipes. I was wondering if you could format the recipes in a list also, i have difficulty finding the recipes in the current format. Only a suggestion 🙂

    • Hi Annabelle,
      Thank you SO much for your kind words and support of my blog. Yes, I’m working on that as well! Thank you for the suggestion.

  • zosia

    Brazil nuts: High in selenium to combat the large amounts of raw kale used in this smoothie.
    I don’t understand the reasoning behind this. Can you please explain?
    What is raw kale high in that the selenium needs to combat? (Is it the whole goitrogenic effect of raw cruciferous vegetables? …and if so – how does selenium help with that?)
    (also and if it is to do with the goitrogenic effect – according to my naturopathic doctor – the effect is very minimal and a better way to avoid suppressing the thyroid is to drastically reduce fluoride consumption…)

    Thanks and I look forward to your response.

    Love your blog by the way. It is beautiful

    • Hi Zosia,
      Selenium is incredibly important in thyroid and metabolic health- check my nutrient directory for a bit more information on selenium. The raw kale is a goitrogenic food as with other goitrogenic vegetables/foods, therefore I use brazil nuts as a protective measure especially if ones eating raw kale in large amounts daily alongside with other raw goitrogenic foods. As I note, for most healthy individuals, it’s nothing of concern. Thank you for your kind words and hope that answers your ?!

  • This smoothie looks great, probably would be even better to add a little Spirulina or Chlorella too 🙂

  • Katryna

    I had this for breakfast this morning and it was amaaaazing. Definitely a new morning staple. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Meredith

    Thanks for reviewing both these blenders. The recipe looks awesome too! I’m surprised the fat content of the smoothie is 0. Brazil nuts have a fair amount if fat in them. 🙂

  • Charlotte

    Hi! Would love to try this really soon! Will you advise having this as a snack? Looking at the amount of ingredients, it sounds like a huge portion!

  • Lauren

    Hey there!
    I was just wondering what model of vitamix you have? I have been looking into buying one for a long time but I want to know what the most common model is to buy. Thank you 🙂

    • Check out my kitchen tools page under resources- I have my favorite model listed there 😉

  • Justine

    Hi McKel! First off, just wanted to say how obsessed I am with your blog/website/recipes, etc! You’ve seriously been such an inspiration to me in so many ways.. but I’m sure you hear that ALL the time 😛

    Secondly.. I have a couple of questions.. and I’ve kind of weeded through previous questions/answers and don’t really see mine on there so I thought I’d go ahead and ask! 1.) I’ve made a couple of batches of your stripped green smoothie and absolutely love it, but just wondering.. when you add the cilantro/parsley, do you stick a whole bunch in the blender or do you pull just the leaves off first? (sorry.. semi-stupid question) and 2.) I know you say you lose some of the nutrients by blending and also if you wait to drink it, but I’m wondering how MUCH nutrients are actually lost? Is it only like 10% or more like 50%? Just curious.. and again, thank you for all your help and for all of your amazing recipes!!!

    Justine

    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I use the stems with the cilantro and parsley because I use a vitamix and it can handle breaking them down- anytime you add them is fine. NEGLIGIBLE amounts of nutrients are lost, I can’t even come up with a percentage, it’s on the cellular level and nothing in comparison to cooking methods. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Love this post and this smoothie sounds amazing. I was wondering how you make the images like the cartoon green smoothie recipe photo? Do you use a special program?

    Thank you! X

    • Thank you so much! I have a freelance designer who specializes in that- Trent Nicholson with Nicholson Designs.

  • Sabrina

    Just made my first green smoothie today – it was delicious! I´ve got one question:I read that eating raw spinach is unhealthy because of the oxalic acid – is this true? Would that mean that all smoothies with raw spinach are unhealthy?

  • Kate

    Stumbled across your blog yesterday, baught a blender today and just made my very first green smoothie, sipping it while I am typing this! It takes so good! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Hi Kate! That’s so awesome, thanks for sharing your experience with me- I promise you’ll be addicted (in the best way) from now on with that blender! xx M

  • I’m on my second day with this smoothie (going to try to have it every morning for the next 60 days, taking advantage of all the farmers market produce and the warm weather) and I just have to say – I feel amazing! The celery is tough for me to deal with but I’ve found that blended rather than juiced is the way to go for me. Love the addition of brazil nuts – I can taste them just slightly, and that plus the cinnamon is great. Thanks!

  • Cate

    I have tried so many green smoothies and as much as I like them, I incorporated this one into my diet last year, and I would have to say that I think it may be a bit of an understatement to say that this has become my life blood! I love the addition of the cinnamon and tumeric! Again, McKel, fabulous! Thank you so much!!!

    • You’re so welcome! I love that you’re a huge fan of this one, it’s SO nourishing xx

  • Jessica

    I cannot believe how good this is!!! I really don’t like celery or cucumber at all, and I hate lemon. Honestly, something magical must happen in the blender because all the flavors REALLY work. Thank yoU!!!

    • Thank you! I know, it’s like a garden in a glass- the lemon cuts all the green out 🙂

  • Bella

    Anything else I could use instead of Kale? Its pretty hard to come by where I live. 🙂

  • Brian

    Looks quite awesome! I can’t wait to try it. The only thing I’d add to this is ginger.

  • Melissa

    Man, I need a little bit of guidance here. We just made this (p.s. McKell there is a discrepancy between your listed recipe and the illustration recipe. In the first you call for 2 cups of filtered water in the illustration you call for 1 cup of filtered water). I guessed and used the illustration’s liquid recommendation.

    But my question is more so around the culture of this drink, you say it serves 2-4, but the quantity it makes is just astronomical. I had to blend the first half of the ingredients to make enough room to add the apple, etc. It’s me and my husband here, and still we have so much leftover I’ve filled more 2 1/2 mason jars with the extra. If juices are much better fresh, why the excess? I will add that we are not major juice drinkers, perhaps we are not familiar with the volume other avid drinkers consume? Maybe we just weren’t prepared. Do you save all of your extra for the rest of the week?

    • McKel Hill

      The illustration isn’t correct and is no longer in the blog post- follow the recipe + the tips in the blog post about “making it your own”, adding liquid when needed, etc.! Have you read the Green Smoothies 101 blog post? That will help answer your other questions, but this is a nice big smoothie serving. I hope that helps!

  • Melanie

    Started drinking this yesterday morning. Noticed a huge difference in my energy levels. Usually by the time I get home from work, tend to my 4 year old and get on with my evening tasks I’m exhausted. Energy has been on point these last couple days!!

  • Great question! Yes to make this low sugar you can use green apple instead of banana and apple- or use a couple dates to make it sweet without as much natural sugars. Keep in mind, this smoothie is also loaded with fiber, so you’re doing your bod a good deed with all the blood sugar balancing going on here. I hope that helps!

  • Sisie Crawford

    HI Mickel, i stumbled upon this recipe and started making this at least once a week. It is amazing!!! i love it. But i have an odd question, my 16 month old accidentally got a hold of my tumbler and drank some of this smoothie, and she likes it! which im thrilled about, but also i was wondering if all of this raw ingredient would be safe for toddler digestion?

    Thank you!
    Sisie

    • I’m so glad you enjoy it Sisie! Vegetables and fruits, fiber for a kiddo is excellent! They obviously would need a very small amount for that ratio I couldn’t determine without knowing more details, but I’d say 1/3 cup should be a good amount and not too much fiber. Otherwise it’s a great way to introduce fruits and veggies as they’re young 🙂

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