Remember our green goodness juice that we shared a few weeks ago? Well, we also have a green version for smoothie. Vu’s sister made us smoothies every single day we stayed with her last month. She made smoothies seem effortless and delicious. Throw everything in a blender, fresh or frozen, and you have a healthy treat to start your morning, a delicious afternoon pick me upper, or easy dessert at the end of your busy work day.
Aiden seemed to really enjoy the smoothies so we went back and forth about investing in yet another kitchen gadget. With only eight teeth, he still prefers soupy meals, juices, and smoothies. In the end, we decided on the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender over NutriBullet after reading numerous reviews and asking friends and family about their experience.
Nowadays, we juice twice a week and make smoothies the other five days. Juicing can be quite laborious and take up half of our morning. With smoothies, we toss everything in the Ninja and in less than five minutes, we have a delicious treat. We added the chia seeds for the boost in fiber, protein, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3s (you can find more info here). If you’re skeptical about putting greens in your smoothie, give it a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Green Machine Smoothie (yield 24 oz)
½ cup kale, chopped
½ cup spinach
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (frozen is ok)
1 small Hass avocado, pitted and peeled
2 tsps chia seeds
1 cup coconut water (you can also use soy milk, almond milk, or other nut milks)
a handful of ice cubes
1. Put all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add more ice or liquid as needed to get the consistency you like.
Note: this smoothie has about 450-550 calories