So, this smoothie is basically green on green on green. And I really, truly love it!
I’ve had this green smoothie post halfway ready for a little while now, but life (read: finals) sort of got in the way. But now, it’s officially summer break and I can catch up on all the fun stuff I’ve been missing out on! And I’ve been doing just that.
I’ve been able to catch up with my friends, spend more time with Alex, and I even managed to hit up NYC’S VegFest. Ahhh, the good life! And, of course, all of these things came along with lots of food and drinks too, which is never a bad thing 😉
But it’s probably time to find my balance again. I have some goals for making that happen and I figure if I write them here, they’ll feel more real than if they’re just floating around in my head. So here goes.
I’d like to rededicate myself to posting here because it’s something I really enjoy and I haven’t been making enough time for it. I’d also like to find some volunteer opportunities because giving back is probably the best way to spend some newly found down time.
The other thing…. and I swear this eventually ties into this recipe…. is to take better care of myself. A lot of that has to do with focusing on eating foods that support and nourish my body. It also has to do with getting back into some kind of fitness routine, whether it’s some gym time, some yoga, or just more morning walks.
Anyway, to that end, this green smoothie is a step in the right direction. I started making this as a quick way to add some greens to my day while I was on the go all the time, but it also works as an anytime-you-need-it reset button.
I’ve tried a few different kinds of greens in this smoothie and any of the spicier greens – watercress, arugula, etc. – seemed to be a little overpowering to me. BUT, if you want to spice up your life, this 90’s chick won’t stop you.
For this smoothie, I tend to stick with my tried-and-true leafy pal, spinach. It never lets me down and it mostly disappears behind the flavors of whatever else you blend up. Plus, it provides a wallop of nutrients. It’s the workhorse of leafy greens.
This has become one of my favorites, largely in part because it’s full of vitamins and healthy fats. But also because it’s creamy and earthy. Let me be real with you for a sec – this is not a sweet, fruity smoothie. And it’s definitely not one of those smoothies that’s supposed to taste like vanilla ice cream or whatever.
This is more of what your body would crave after a weekend (…or week or two) of lots of indulgences. A nice, bright green drink to bring you back to real life. It’s all about balance, right?
Nutritional Super Powers:
Spinach – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Beta-Carotene (antioxidant), Lutein (antioxidant)
Avocado – Monounsaturated Fats, Fiber, Potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Lutein (antioxidant), Zeaxanthin (antioxidant)
Parsley – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, Apigenin (flavonoid)
- 2 c. Spinach
- 1 Avocado
- ½ c. Parsley
- 2 c. Coconut Water
- 1 c. Water
- If using baby spinach, place in blender as is. If using regular spinach, give it a rough chop first and then add it to the blender.
- Carefully cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and add both halves to the blender.
- Add the parsley (stems and all), coconut water and regular water.
- Blend until smooth.
NUTRITION INFO (1 SMOOTHIE):
170 calories, 3g protein, 11g fat, 18g carbs, 6g fiber, 10g sugar, 107mg sodium