Recipe: Green Smoothie

If you're like me, you struggle to get in ample veggies throughout the day. Sometimes I look at what the USDA recommends and think to myself, "are you f&*#@!^ kidding me?! Who eats that much lettuce?!" But, that doesn't mean I'm not going to try. I've been drinking green smoothies every (most) mornings now for the better part of two years, and I have to say that it's an incredible way to jumpstart the day! Over one cup of greens by 8 a.m.? YES PLEASE. This particular combination is my favorite – loads of spinach, plus banana and almond butter for added creaminess, canned coconut milk for the good kind of fat, and flaxseed for omega-3 fatty acids. You can get even crazier and add chia seeds for even more omega fatty acids, fiber, and protein, or frozen berries for antioxidants. Enjoy!

1 cup tightly packed spinach
1/2 banana
1 TBSP almond butter
1 TBSP flaxseed meal (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 TBSP canned full fat coconut milk
1 cup coconut water
Optional: 1/4 cup frozen berries, 1 TBSP chia seeds
*Feel free to adjust amounts for your own personal taste bud preferences.

Some sort of blender. Some days I use the Nutri-Bullet. Other days I use our Ninja Blender.

Throw everything into a blender, and blend on high for about one minute. If you add chia seeds and don't want them to get stuck in the crevices of your blender, just top your smoothie with them instead! Enjoy!