So, yesterday, I had myself locked in my bedroom all day, cramming to get an assignment done for a class and deciphering words like butylated hydroxytoluene, pyridoxine hydorchloride, and 4-methylimidazole! (BTW-in case you’re wondering, these are all additives in food. One is good for you the other two are VERY bad for you. Can you guess which one is good? -No fair using Google! I’d love to hear from you. If you’re curious, leave me a comment and I’ll give you the answer.:-) )
Anyway, it was 2:00 in the afternoon and all I had eaten was a 1/2 serving of oatmeal, with banana and walnuts. What’s a girl to do? The old me would have reached for an ice cold Mountain Dew and a bag of ranch flavored Doritos and kept plugging away. I actually wasn’t very hungry, but my brain needed nourishment, you know, because of all the steam coming out of my ears!
I decided to actually LEAVE my bedroom, stumble into the kitchen…and make something that would nourish my brain and body, while helping me think, instead of harming what brain I had left. The result was this delicious and nutritious smoothie, which took a matter of minutes to make, and much healthier than Mountain Dew and Doritos. I guess my brain wasn’t as fried as I thought.
Here’s the recipe…(which is flexible-as usual, use what’s on hand-that’s what I did here.)
Servings: 2 large or 4 small
- 1 banana
- 12 ounce bag frozen mango
- 2 very large handfuls – organic spinach
- 2 scoops grass-fed whey protein powder-vanilla (I use Naked Whey)
- If you’d like this to be vegan- I recommend Garden of Life
- 1 tablespoon of RAW honey (or 100% pure maple syrup if you’re vegan)
- 3 cups of filtered water – more if you like it thinner
That’s it. Now just throw it all into a blender until smooth. This made a much larger batch than I anticipated. In my house, it made two 1-quart jar servings. But, if you’re new to smoothies, it would probably serve 3 to 4 people. If you don’t have a good “smoothie” blender, see the video I posted about blenders.
Optional ingredients: These ingredients will add an extra boost to the micronutrient and/or essential fatty acid profile of the smoothie
- kale, Swiss chard or collard greens instead of spinach
- ground flaxseed
- chia seed
- maca root powder
- Ashwagandha powder
- goji berry powder
- Acai berry powder
- matcha powder
- Green tea instead of water
- Coconut water instead of filtered water
What if you don’t have mango? That’s okay! Use what you have, any type of frozen fruit will work. Experiment and use your imagination. Let me know what you come up with.
Leafy greens should be included as a regular part of your daily diet. Don’t like leafy greens? Try making a smoothie. TRUST ME! You barely even taste them. (Start with spinach if you’re new to smoothies) I know it’s a weird color, but it tasted wonderful!