Hey friends, Happy Tuesday! Some of you may recognize this post and that’s because it’s my detox smoothie from New Years. I am fighting off the extra calories from a weekend full of donuts, fried sushi rolls, ice cream, and breakfast burritos (and guys that’s just for starters, I went nuts) so this smoothie has been on repeat to help me hit the reset button. I just had to share again also because I suspect I have some new readers since I posted in January 🙂 Enjoy!
Above is one of my favorite green smoothies. Here is how I make it (recipe makes 2 large servings):
Step 1: First I juice my greens. You can add greens right into your blender with the smoothie if you don’t have a juicer, I just like to juice them first to keep an extra smooth creamy texture. Here is what I throw in my juicer (keep reading to find out why I chose these ingredients):
Trader Joe’s Power Greens: Baby spinach, kale, and chard.
1 peeled whole orange
1 peeled whole lemon
*TIP: freeze leftover juice into ice cube trays and save for future smoothies!
Step 2: In a blender I mix:
2 cups of frozen mango (*this is key to all my smoothies, see why below!)
2 spears of fresh pineapple
a handful of berries
a ripe banana — frozen or fresh will work
3 heaping scoops of vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 single serve packet of wheat grass from Whole Foods
1/2 – 1 cup of coconut water. This totally depends on how thick you like your smoothies, I kind of add as I go and adjust accordingly. (Filtered water works if you’re not a coconut water fan)
1 tablespoon of chia seeds, here I left them out and simply sprinkled on top since I was making a batch for a whole group of people and I didn’t know who would want them and who wouldn’t.
The juice from your mix above — the greens pack the nutrtional punch while the lemon and orange make the smoothie taste so refreshing!
Step 3: Blend, pour, and enjoy!
I love this smoothie, my only major tip is be sure to peel your fruit before juicing. While my juicer claims in can handle peels, I noticed it makes the juice taste sort of soapy…not what I want in my detox drink! Ok, now on to why I used what I used…
Above are some of my favorite smoothie ingredients, here’s why:
*Frozen mango: frozen mango creates the perfect texture for a smoothie. I know a lot of people love frozen bananas (so do I), but nothing creates a thicker, creamier texture than frozen mango. This is the base for every single smoothie I make. I literally buy 5 bags at a time from Trader Joe’s.
Fresh oranges & lemons: citrus flavored smoothies are my favorite and lemons are a great ingredient when I feel like I need a detox. I like to juice a whole lemon and a whole orange for a really refreshing smoothie.
Fresh pineapple: a trainer once told me that pineapple is a killer ingredient for fighting off the common cold and keeping your immune system up (more info here). I not only love the health benefits, but the natural sweetness and tangy flavor that fresh pineapples bring to a smoothie. In my experience they bring a lot more flavor than the frozen kind if you can swing it.
Seasonal fruit: I always try to pick up seasonal fruit from the market and incorporate them into my morning smoothies — anxiously awaiting peach season!
Greens like spinach & kale: the key to a green smoothie is…well…the greens! I like to use kale and spinach since these aren’t generally the leafy greens I enjoy on their own. Mixed into a smoothie and you can’t even taste them.
Chia seeds: chia seeds have so many health benefits (learn more here) but my favorites are the added dose of fiber and how filling they make a smoothie. You can either blend chia seeds right in with the rest of your ingredients or sprinkle a few on top.
Protein powder: this is a no-brainer for post-workout smoothies. I add a few scoops to replenish after gym sessions and make the smoothie more filling.
Greek yogurt: another source of protein, which keeps the smoothie filling, but also makes for a really creamy texture. I like nonfat plain Greek yogurt, which is super low calorie.
Coconut water: perfect post workout for extra delicious hydration!
Wheat grass & green powder packets: ever seen these at Whole Foods? These are powder forms of wheat grass, spirulina, etc. They can run pretty pricey, so I like to get these little sample packets for about $1.50 each to test out the flavors before committing to these little green boosters.
Banana: frozen or fresh, bananas are an easy staple and a great way to thicken a smoothie!
What ingredients do you blend into your smoothies? Be sure to share, I am always looking for new ingredients! Happy detoxing!