Super Green Smoothie

We love smoothies at our house. Even before we ate healthy, we would often make smoothies for breakfast or even dinner. However, we used to load our smoothies down with way too much fruit and sugary yogurt and sugary milk. Nothing healthy about a calorie-dense, sugar-packed drink!

A couple years ago, when green smoothies were just starting to boom, I started adding spinach to our smoothies. Baby steps, but an improvement nonetheless! As our nutrition has improved by leaps and bounds over the last year, I started experimenting with more and more veggies and less fruit in our smoothies.

Right after Christmas, we watched an awesome documentary called Hungry for Change (free on Netflix!)  that talked a ton about nutrition and how the SAD (Standard American Diet) is producing more and more obesity and disease and under-nourished Americans. They talked about the benefits of juicing a lot in the film, and the importance of eating lots of leafy greens and veggies to help your organs function properly.

We don't currently have a juicer and we didn't really want to buy one right after Christmas (although I'm sure there were some sales considering everyone's New Year's resolutions). But we decided if we could pack a bunch of veggies and a little bit of fruit into smoothies, we could bridge the gap. The nutrition isn't quite as accessible because it still has the pulp and fiber in it, but it also makes us full and we eat way more leafy greens and raw veggies this way than we would otherwise.

SO I thought I'd share my standard green smoothie recipe with you guys. It really is delicious and refreshing, and keeps us full for hours.

Super Green Smoothie 
Serves 2-4

3 cups organic spinach/kale/chard blend
1/2 english cucumer, cut into thick slices
1 whole avocado
3 whole ribs celery, cut into 2-3" pieces
6 large frozen strawberries
1 small-med organic banana
1/4 cup frozen organic cherries
6 cubes frozen pineapple
1 cup organic Orange Juice
3 Tbsp Chia Seeds

Add all ingredients to a good blender and mix well. If you don't have a VitaMix or comparably powerful blender, this might be difficult. You could add more OJ or water to get it to mix. When we are eating dairy, I usually add about 1/4 cup Kefir. But no dairy for us this month! 

Hope you enjoy this nutrient-packed smoothie!