Let the detox begin! I’ve had my fair share of cinnamon rolls, cookies, toffee, pizza, take out, and more. I can’t take another bite. I need a health intervention. So, here goes. I’m jumping on the New Years healthy train and am going to try my best to stay on. Let’s be clear. I’m not big on making resolutions or following strict guidelines – especially when it comes to eating. But, I do feel strongly about moderation and making better choices. I’m starting now.
My amazingly nurturing, fun, smart, hip, rule-breaking, awesome-to-be-around, even a little sarcastic (score for me!) coworker drinks a green smoothie EVERYDAY. She’s the opposite of me when it comes rules. I can’t stray an inch and she pushes the limits and then some. So when I asked how she makes her daily smoothies I wasn’t surprised to get a “throw this in” or “some of that” or “whatever you’ve got.” My crazy rule following brain needs more. An exact recipe to be precise. I can improvise after making it once but I like to ‘follow the rules’ the first time around.
So I did what I do best and started stalking food blogs galore. And now I get it. There’s a mass amount of green smoothie recipes out there and they’re all so very customizable. I decided to go for it and try my hand at my own. Holy yum. Honestly I thought these green smoothies would just be alright and I’d force them down to get my veggies in. I. WAS. WRONG.
Remember this Roasted Red Pepper Broccoli? I said then that I couldn’t understand anyone craving produce. It made no sense to me. Well, apparently, I’m turning a new leaf. After making this just once, I literally crave it. Dad’s gonna be so proud! Besides the color, I promise you wouldn’t even know there’s any veg in there! This Fruity Kale deliciousness will not disappoint. Let’s start 2015 on a healthy foot together, shall we?
- 2 strawberries, diced
- ¼ cup pineapple, diced
- ¼ of an apple (I used honey crisp), peeled & diced
- ½ banana, frozen & sliced
- 2 stalks kale, leafy parts removed from stem and chopped or ripped into pieces
- ¼ cup water (or you can use your choice of juice, milk, or yogurt)
- 2 ice cubes
- Blend all ingredients above and enjoy!
- NOTES: If your banana is not frozen, you may need to use more ice to achieve a smoothie consistency. Feel free to sub out fruit with what you have on hand.