Smoothies, by nature, are incredibly versatile. I never use a recipe, so each new creation is totally unique and one-of-a-kind. If there's something in this recipe that you prefer not to eat, simply sub it out for something more appropriate. When it comes to spinach smoothies, the power is yours, so follow your instincts!
Here's the general idea:
Leafy Greens + Fruit + Protein + Healthy Fat + Liquid + Blender = Smoothie!
LEAFY GREENS: 2-3 cups of organic spinach (Feel free to swap out the spinach for any other organic leafy green vegetable you like such as kale, swiss chard, bok choi, parsley, etc... If you don't have raw spinach, you can also use frozen)
FRUIT: 1 frozen banana (or if you prefer, you can choose an equivalent amount of frozen fruit such as mango, blueberries, peaches, pears, *organic apples, *organic strawberries, *organic grapes, etc...) If you happen to have fresh fruit instead of frozen, that's fine too, simply sub out some of your liquid ingredients below in favour of a handful of ice cubes to chill the finished smoothie. (*** I've recommended organic for some of these fruits because conventionally grown versions are known to be especially high in toxic pesticide residue)
PROTEIN: 2-3 Tablespoons of hemp seeds (or sub out the hemp seeds for raw, green pumpkin seeds, or sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds, or use a scoop of your favourite protein powder instead)
HEALTHY FAT: 1-2 Tablespoons of almond butter (or other nut/seed butter, raw walnuts, raw almonds, raw cashews, chia seeds, or 1/2 avocado)
LIQUID: 1/2 cup almond milk (or other liquid of your choice such as ice water, chilled green tea, coconut water, kefir, yogurt, freshly squeezed green vegetable juice such as celery, cucumber, parsley, etc...)
Want more? Go ahead! Add in your favourite smoothie fixin's... cinnamon, maca, freshly ground flaxseed, acai berry, bee pollen, or whatever your heart desires :)
(*Best served immediately)