First of all, I'm not the biggest fan of bananas. Next, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about almond milk. I've seen mixed reviews online. Also...let's be honest here. The idea of me drinking kale and spinach...err? But I gotta say..I'm an impulsive person. When I was online and came across that hair website that discussed the health benefits of green smoothies, I thought that it was just a great idea. Not only would it be great for my skin and hair, but for my health overall. And, if I did not like the green smoothies...I figured I could throw some frozen fruit in there and make a fruit smoothie! Nothing wrong with that!
So I went out, got my ingredients, and made the smoothie on Saturday. I followed the recipe given, and I have to say, especially for a green smoothie newbie, it was a little bit too much for me volume wise. The recipe is as follows:
1 cup of almond milk (Provides Protein, Potassium & Zinc minerals)
1 Organic Banana (Provides Vitamin A, B, C, E & Iron minerals)
1 Handful of Spinach (Provides Fiber, Protein and Cancer-fighting Antioxidants)
1 Handful of Kale (Provides Vitamin A, C, K, & Sulfur for Detoxification)
1 Tablespoon of Flax Seeds or Chia Seeds (Provides Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
1 Organic Pear (Provides Calcium & Fiber)
½ Cup of Ice
The above recipe, of course, did not include flax seeds, since as I mentioned previously, I hadn't received the flax seeds that I had ordered online yet.
Anyhow, after I made and drank the majority of my smoothie, I remembered that I should have taken photos, so I did that this time around. Even still...I forgot to take pictures of me actually making the smoothie. Maybe I'll do that another time.
So this time when I made my smoothie, I followed this recipe (flax seeds will be included in my NEXT smoothie):
½ cup of almond milk
½ organic Banana
1 Handful of Spinach
1 Handful of Kale
½ Organic Pear
½ Cup of Ice
This size worked out much better for me as a single serving, and perhaps I'll slowly increase the amount of ingredients I put into my Ninja until I've reached the amounts specified in the first recipe.
Something else that makes this smoothie very satisfying is the ice in it. I like the "crunchiness" that I get when I bite down into it. After being in the Ninja for about a minute, the ice took on a snow-like texture. Very well blended, but still with a little bit of "crunch".
|20 minutes later...|
Overall, operation smoothie was a great success. I really like my Ninja blender as well!
Here's to your health! :)