Do you have trouble getting leafy greens into your daily diet?  Green smoothies can be a great way to boost your daily intake of green vegetables like kale, spinach and swiss chard . Although all vegetables are good for you, leafy greens are the number one food you can eat to improve your overall health. They are the most nutrient dense food available to us and are loaded with goodies like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Still most of us are not getting enough of these powerful foods.

Green smoothies can be thrown together in minutes for a great breakfast,  lunch or snack.  Choose from a variety of greens and pair them with your favorite fruit.  If you are not a fan of anything green, these smoothies might surprise you.

The fruit alone will sweeten and overpower the taste of the greens.  Adding a banana along with a dash of honey or a few dates makes for a delicious concoction.  Seeds and nut butter are also great additions that will give your smoothie a boost.  Customize your smoothie even further by adding spices or flavor such as cinnamon, vanilla and lemon.  The possibilities are endless so let your creativity flow.

Here is a simple guide to creating your own green masterpiece:

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How to Make a Green Smoothie

This recipe will yield about 32 ounces. Serves 2-4 depending on serving size.

Blend liquid and greens together first (and dates if using). Add fruit and blend until smooth.  Use at least one cup frozen fruit for a smooth and creamy consistency or add a few ice cubes if using only fresh fruit.

Liquid: 2 Cups
Milk, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Water

Greens: 2 Cups
Spinach, Kale, Bok Choy, Swiss Chard, Romaine

Fruit: 3 Cups
Banana, Mango, Berries, Pineapple, Apples, Cherries, Pears, Peaches, Oranges, Grapes

Additions: 1 tablespoon
Chia Seeds, Ground Flax Seeds, Nut Butter

Honey or Dates

Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Lime, Lemon, Ginger

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