The sun’s out, birds are chirping, the world is blooming and for healthy foodies this all means one important thing: smoothies are back!
Personally, the emergence of spring is not only an opportunity to spend more time outside, but also an excuse to break out the blender. Nothing beats a cool, refreshing, nutritional boost on a warm spring day.
I’m giving you my all-time favorite smoothie recipe today AND three different ways you can use this delicious blend. Yes, three!
But first, here is your recipe:
- 3 Leaves of Kale
- 1/2 Orange (or a whole one if its tiny)
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 2 Dried Dates (for sweetness)
- 1 Cup of Coconut Water
BLEND… all these ingredients in a blender, and add extra coconut water if the mixture isn’t moving smoothly in the blender.
Voila! Smoothie done.
Now, the first variation is the standard, drinkable form. It is perfect for anytime of day to accompany meals or serve as a delicious snack. I top mine with chia seeds for an extra boost of Omega-3s and fiber.
The second variation, is a good mid-day snack. It’s a fruit topped smoothie bowl! For this, all you need to do is pour the smoothie into a bowl, and cut up a bunch of fruits or berries to put on top. This gives the smoothie a little more substance, and it’s also just fun to eat! Sometimes drinking a smoothie doesn’t completely satisfy your cravings, but adding a bite can make you feel like you’re eating more. Sometimes we just need to chew! However, remember that this is best to eat in the middle of the day or later. It’s not quite enough to get you going in the morning.
The last variation, and my personal favorite, is the breakfast smoothie bowl! You can add fruit to top this one too, but the most important additions are nuts, seeds, and oats. Seeds are more nutrient dense than budded and grown plants and will make a smoothie into a sufficient meal, especially to kick off your day! I use walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seed shells, chia seeds, and raw oats (pssst, that homemade granola from last week would be awesome here too!) This bowls fills you up, and keeps you full. If that’s not enough, it tastes amazing!!
Try one, try them all! Let me know in the comment section below what your favorite variation is! Happy blending!