Green Milk Smoothie

jenni Food 2 Comments

I love vegetables but I’m not much of a fruit eater. I’d rather drink my fruits than eat them.

I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast and snacks for a few months now and it’s been great for my metabolism. It also gives me energy throughout the day.

Here’s one of my favorite smoothies that is super healthy and doesn’t taste like grass, haha.

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana
A handful of frozen kale (yes, you can buy kale now in leading groceries. Some are pre-washed and packed already. Make sure to di-rib it. For smoothies, freeze in advance even if it’s only half frozen, the kale will be less pungent and taste less bitter. Plus, it helps makes the smoothie colder and it lasts longer, same with bananas and other fruits — a win all around.)
1-1/2 cup almond milk (you can substitute the 1/2 cup of almond milk with water if you like)
1 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground flaxseed
1 tbsp. chia seeds
ice cubes (optional)

Powerful seeds for your smoothies:

Read about the power of chia seeds here.

Small but incredible

Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans.

I read somewhere that it is better to buy whole flaxseed then grind it as you need it. They say the potency of freshly ground flaxseed dwindles after 15 minutes of grinding. Personally, I like buying whole flaxseed and I use a coffee grinder (I have two grinding machines—one for coffee beans and one for flaxseed and other beans/seeds. If you only have one grinder make sure to clean it well after every use.) I love the light nutty taste of freshly ground flaxseed. Great for smoothies or with cereals or for baking.

Most nutrition experts recommend ground over whole flaxseed because the ground form is easier for your body to digest. Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, which means you won’t get all the benefits.

Flaxseed’s health benefits come from the fact that it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s) and 2 grams of dietary fiber and 37 calories.

Flaxseed is commonly used to improve digestive health or relieve constipation. Flaxseed may also help lower total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Other sources of fiber, flaxseed should be taken with plenty of water or other fluids. Flaxseed shouldn’t be taken at the same time as oral medications or other dietary supplements. As always, talk with your doctor before trying any dietary supplements. Source

Okaaaaay! Back to our smoothie. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and pulse/blend until combined.

Pour the green milk goodness in a cute container

Add a cute straw

Then drink to look cute. LOL

This smoothie actually tastes like banana and peanut shake! So yummy, filling and healthy! It could also be a meal replacement if you’re dieting.

Tune in to my next healthy smoothie recipe you actually want to drink. You’re going to love it!

Have a happy and healthy weekend everyone!

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