I started making this smoothie every morning for breakfast after reading chapter 3 of Victoria Boutenko’s book ’12 Steps to Raw Foods — How to end your dependency on cooked food’. Boy, does she have some strong points as to why we should all consume a large helping of greens every day.
Dark leafy greens are rich in the essential minerals and vitamins recommended by the USDA — including protein. Also, an interesting fact, chimpanzees, the closest creature to humans, consume a diet that is 40% greens.
So now I mix up a blender-ful of this Green Power Smoothie every morning and every family member gets their share. The kids actually enjoy it, since I’ve managed to mask the bitterness of the greens with raw cacao and raw honey. Also I do give Andrew a quarter for his piggy bank every time he drinks a full glass of greens (No, I’m not above bribery when it comes to getting good nutrition into my kids!)
- 2-3 cups dark leafy greens (spinach and collard greens are my fave, but it’s good to have variety)
- ¾ cup homemade nut milk (try this or this or this)
- 2-3 bananas
- 1 Tablespoon raw almond butter
- 1 Tablespoon raw honey
- Dash of fresh ground sea salt
- Dash of fresh ground cinnamon
- ⅛ cup raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup raw hemp protein (optional)
- Put the nut milk into a high speed blender and add the greens, 1 cup at a time, blending between each addition. When the mixture is smooth, add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
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