Since this wonderful heat wave (is it over yet?), I’ve been inspired to try more smoothie recipes. I checked out our kitchen and found kale, apples and bananas – then I Googled and found this recipe from Culinary Colleen.
I modified the recipe quite a bit since I was missing some ingredients- cucumber and lemon – and instead I added banana, juice and broccoli to the smoothie. Don’t let the broccoli scare you – not only does it contain a TON of nutrients (calcium, iron, fiber, potassium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous), but it also adds texture to the smoothie. Broccoli has amazing antioxidant benefits and about twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and half of vitamin A. Plus, the typical broccoli flavor is almost non-existent in this smoothie – the fruit and ginger take over the flavor. You’ll be surprised!
Here’s the recipe I used:
- One frozen banana [Tip: When my bananas start to turn brown, I peel then, chop them up and throw them in the freezer for future smoothies (I learned that from my mama! Except, sometimes I’m lazy and throw the whole banana in the freezer as you can see…) Either way, try it out next time!]
- One apple
- One large handful of kale
- Handful of broccoli (I used 3-4 stems)
- One tablespoon of Chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
I definitely recommend adding ginger to your fruit smoothie or juices – it adds the perfect amount of fresh flavor! You can start with just a tiny amount and always add more if you’d like – it’s a strong flavor!
Sadly, my smoothie did not turn out as green and pretty as Culinary Colleen’s (I think the banana took away most the green color- I’ll have to try better next time), but it was de-lic-ious. Luke even loved it (!), and he’s super picky when it comes to fruits and veggies (as most men are…;) ).
PS- if you want this to be more protein based for a post-workout or meal, you can use almond milk instead of the juice and add some protein powder!
What’s one of your favorite go-to smoothie recipes? Please let us know and tag #LL805 #DIYrecipes #spreadthelove