The Green Smoothie

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It’s been pretty hard to blog around here this past week. The toddler is still sleeping worse than usual, which is saying a lot. If he naps, then I can get some cooking or writing done, but he is up until midnight. If he doesn’t nap, that means I am busy with him all day, but he goes to sleep before 10 pm. Then he likes to get up early, today it was 4 am, and play. The little time I have had lately has been spent trying to catch up on other things or only wanting to get sucked into a story.

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My cooking has lagged a bit as a result of the latest sleeping obstacle. I find myself turning to the easiest and quickest foods possible, like pasta and toast and frozen meals. Not the healthiest choices by any means, but acceptable for a rough week.

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And so a “back to basics” recipe is perfect. A plain, basic green smoothie is a recipe that everyone needs because it is so versatile, quick, and healthy. It is delicious as is, but more can definitely be added, like: chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, fruit like strawberries, oats, protein powder, etc.

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I also like to use it as a base for a “Smoothie Bowl”. A green smoothie makes an extra healthy replacement for plain milk with items like granola, cereal, muesli, nuts, seeds, coconut, and fruit.

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Basic Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana (if not frozen, add about 1/2-1 cup ice)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp almond butter (sub any nut or seed butter if you like)
  • 2 cups leafy green like kale or spinach

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Enjoy as a smoothie or add toppings like granola and fruit to make it a smoothie bowl.
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