When I first flirted with the notion of incorporating green smoothies into my diet, I was reluctant. It wasn’t the thought of drinking my veggies that turned me off. What bothered me was being able to see them all mushed up with my sweet, crisp, lovely fruits.
But when I finally caved in and gave my first green smoothie a try, I was pleasantly surprised. I actually liked it. It was yummy. And, I admit, there is something about drinking a super-healthy-looking, vibrantly green drink that makes me feel I am doing something wonderful for my body.
Which is probably why I drink most of my green smoothies after a workout. Especially a hard workout, like today’s. I focused on resistance-training for my lower body. I cycled, planked, lunged, and did medicine ball squats until I thought my little tushy would fall off. All in all, a good day.
For my post-workout meal, which also doubled as my lunch, I made a pretty awesome green superfood smoothie. To make it more filling than my usual snack-size smoothie, I added quinoa, avocado, and plenty of veggies. It was sweet, green, and totally satisfying.
Quinoa Green Smoothie
Makes 1 large, meal-size smoothie
1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 cup broccoli
4-6 baby carrots (If you don’t trust that your blender will adequately puree the harder vegetables, you can steam them for about 5 min. and let them cool to room temperature before blending.)
1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup nondairy milk (Since this was my post-workout meal, I used soy milk for extra protein.)
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
3 thin avocado slices (or up to 1/2 medium avocado)
1-2 tbsp Vega Smoothie Infusion (optional)
Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.