It all Started with a Green Smoothie - Unprocessed Jess

Green? Ewww! Common response for others when they see me sipping my green drink in a glass container. It may look like blended up grass but it tastes yummy. This is where my unprocessed journey began.

After deciding enough is enough with our Standard American Diet (SAD) and processed eating, I did what most other people would do and turned to my search engine to find some sort of reference point. Tons of information was now at my fingertips but I became so overwhelmed that I had no clue where to begin. If that’s you, subscribe to my blog and receive my FREE ebook Avoiding Organic Overwhelm.

I finally decided to start with the basics.

WE NEED OUR VEGGIES and whole food.

God created everything we need to support our bodies and we often want to take it, change it, make it fancy, strip away a good portion of its nutrients and call it by the same name when in fact, many times it doesn’t even resemble the food in its natural state. 🙁

I know, I know, Kale doesn’t exactly sound, um, appetizing. It takes some getting used to but it’s so loaded with good stuff that it’s worth the training of your taste buds. I use it from time to time in a smoothie mixed with fruits to cut some of the taste or seasoned and eaten as Kale chips (so yummy!).

So began my new love affair with fresh produce. I was not longer giving it to my girls while I skipped a meal or worse, chomped on chips. I decided to love them and appreciate everything they have to offer me.

Enters my green smoothie.

I drink some variation of this four to five mornings of the week. It can be time consuming especially if you work outside the home and leave early. I make mine in batches as well and seal them when I don’t have time to make them fresh. See my post Wanna Save Your Green Drink? Seal It! for more information.  I choose to make it a little thicker so I feel fuller and like I’m getting more than a drink and can chew a bit to initiate the digestion process. You can add more water, coconut water and/or ice if you want a thinner consistency.

Here’s what I use:
A handful of ice cubes
1 1/2 Cups Water
1 head Romaine lettuce
A handful of Spinach
2 to 3 pieces of large Kale leaves
3 stalks celery
1 apple
1 pear
1 banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/3 bunch cilantro

1 TBSP. Spirulina for good measure.

I use the Vitamix blender and bought it reconditioned.
Modify the recipe to your liking and change it up with different types of greens and fruits/veggies for a variety. Try going with seasonal ones as well.
Some people don’t do well with spinach or kale. Experiment first and listen to your body.

Do you have a juice or smoothie recipe you love?
I am NOT a health professional. I’m a busy mom trying to find ways that work for me and pass them on to you. Always consult your healthcare professional for advice. This information is not intended to prevent, cure, or treat any medical conditions.


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