Cool as a Cucumber “Green” Smoothie
It’s the simple pleasures that matter most in life. The things that bring you joy each day. What are some of the simple pleasures you enjoy most? For me, some of those things include walking my dogs on a beautiful morning, enjoying the fresh spring air, chatting with friends, gardening, and smoothies.
I’ve been on a smoothie-kick for a couple of months and now I’m hooked. I feel so good after drinking them that I just can’t stop, not to mention that making smoothies gives me another opportunity to sneak more leafy greens into my diet.
The sun beamed down on the exposed skin on my arms, as I walked the dogs on this bright spring morning. I created a cooling “green” smoothie with a purple hue to combat the warm air outside. The cucumber flavor was very subtle. Stronger flavors of blueberry and banana masked any flavor of kale (which isn’t something I’d like to taste first thing in the morning). This felt like a definite pick-me-up on a morning where I felt more tired than usual. Read on for a refreshing drink recipe.
Cool as a cucumber “green” smoothie recipe:
*Inspired by Kris Carr’s favorite green smoothie recipe, which she discussed during The Food Revolution Summit – many of the ingredients in this smoothie are ones she listed as some of her favorite smoothie ingredients
1 1/4 cup of nondairy milk for a thinner smoothie or 1 cup for a thicker drink (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 tbsp of ground flax seed
1 tsp of chia seeds, ground
1/2 cup of diced cucumber
1 handful of leafy greens (I used kale)
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
1 banana, peeled and broken into quarters (for a colder smoothie freeze banana pieces first)
1- Add the ingredients to the blender in the order they appear and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.
Do you have any go to or favorite smoothie recipes? If so, feel free to post them in the comments section!