In January of this year, I took the Green Smoothie Challenge and failed, miserably. The goal was to try and detox by ingesting nothing but green smoothies & sensible dinners. Hopefully, one would have more energy and would lose a few pounds too. By day 3, I was a mess, tired, and mean. My blood sugar had bottomed out and I could not make it any longer!
So over the last six months, we have tried various forms of the green smoothie and recently, received a good recipe from our friend, Liz Janes.
I think what was missing from our Green Smoothies before was additional protein and carbs. I still want to eat those greens daily, but I also need something to help it stick with me and keep my blood sugar level. So we’ve adapted it to our liking and needs and I think, have finally found a winner.
Without further ado, The Partain Green Smoothie:
~1 cup of plain yogurt (preferably Greek, for maximum protein intake)
~2 generous cups of Kale greens
~1 cup of Beet greens
~1 cup of frozen strawberries, blueberries, mango, and/or pineapple
~1 cup of water
~1 raw farm fresh egg (optional but so wonderful. The egg adds additional protein and I promise, gives me so much energy.)*
~a drizzle of honey (optional)
(Makes 4-5 cups)
Put them in the blender in that order so that the greens will be finely chopped. I know, it sounds a bit up tight, but I have tried to figure out the best order and this is it!
With adding so much fruit (I usually add at least banana, strawberry and mango), the taste is fruity and refreshing and there’s a hint of the greens in the texture but really, it’s not that bad. My kids drink some every morning now, and love it!
I put it in a special cup (yes, maybe also a little overly uptight, but it works!) that has a lid and straw and carry my drink around with me as I tackle the morning or run errands. It’s an amazing way to get so many good vitamins, nutrients and servings of fruit & vegetables.
Even as I write this post, I am tasting it, and am almost motivated enough to go make one! I can’t imagine mornings without it now and would be tempted to bring along my blender and all the necessary ingredients on a trip! I could be tempted to go on a raw diet, too, but that might get a bit tough. I still do love a good grilled steak!
Let me know if you try this and what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
*Consuming raw eggs is a controversial subject so one should do the research and decide for themselves what is best. We buy our eggs locally and know that the chickens are healthy and free range. To date, we have never gotten sick but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen!