More greens

by Christina on March 27, 2013

I’ve been working on eating more greens. As we all know, it’s super hard when there’s little time to cook, free enticing hospital food, and rushed unpredictable meal-times.

One solution I’ve been working on is getting into the habit of making a morning green smoothie.

I keep my kitchen stocked with:

  • Huge bin of washed organic spinach
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Frozen organic fruit: berries, mangoes, peaches
  • Bananas
  • Hemp milk (vanilla unsweetened)
  • Plain full-fat greek yogurt
  • Raw oatmeal

The key has been having a quick and easy to use blender. I love my blender because the cup IS the blender — you attach a special lid with a blade and simply turn it upside down to blend.

I generally put 2 tbs chia seeds, 1 tbs flax seeds, ½ cup of fruit, ½ a banana, 1 cup of hemp milk, a dollop of yogurt, and 1-2 tbs of raw oatmeal depending on how thick I want it.

Most importantly, I stuff in as much spinach as possible. Sometimes I’ll blend first, and then add in more spinach, and reblend.

It takes me about 3 minutes to make these and I carry it in my bag until I get hungry for breakfast.

They might look gross but they’re actually pretty good (and more importantly, they FEEL so healthy)!

I’m open to suggestions on what else to put in them — I think it’s time for some more variety!

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Chicago Sherry March 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I have been doing spinach or baby kale, an orange or grapefruit (peeled), 1/4 to 1/2 c. orange juice, flax seeds, water then top with ice. Some days I will add a scoop of vegan protein powder depending on how I feel. I like how the citrus livens up the greens. The oj adds just a little sweetness and the ice make everything cold. I pour it into a quart mason jar and take it to work with me. Agree, they feel so great.

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Chris March 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

Organic pomegranate seeds! Organic raisons! Organic blueberries! Organic raspberries!

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Sara March 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Mix up the greens, try kale or collards. Both delicious.

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John April 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Love it! Looks delicious. For those with robust digestion systems putting a good shake on repeat is perfect, but I find that my enzyme production suffers from the stresses of my daily life cycle resulting in probably higher stress related chemistry that kicks in all sorts of unwanted reactions,, so I find that my digestion, immune system, inflammation response and especially energy tend to be more in sych when I find very different food groups to rotate through, nut milks, seeds, and fruit. Not to overly stress out on a system as that would be counter productive too, but I also find that when I am particularly stressed out using applied kinesiology to test how my body is day to day can help sort through which foods,e ach with highly complex sub parts, are most invited by my physical self. Thank you for your kind visual inspiration! n. john

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Brendan McCann May 23, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My roommate throws in a chunk of ginger- delicious and anti-inflammatory!

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