For the majority of Americans, it’s very difficult to eat healthy during the fall. Between pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween candy, and the inevitable Thanksgiving feast, people aren’t necessarily prioritizing salads or smoothies. While eating green salads, chia pudding, zoodles, and more may not be in the cards, starting the day with a green smoothie is very attainable.
To get in the fall spirit, this smoothie is appropriately titled “Green Monster Smoothie.” Why does it have the name it has? Well, the ingredients are ingredient titans, monsters if you will. The nutritional profile is incredibly diverse. The kale supplies the body with dietary fiber, magnesium, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K. Strawberries enhance the antioxidant content of this smoothie and offer a high dose of vitamin C, which boosts immune function. Bananas are excellent sources of potassium and complex carbohydrates, and they help to thicken smoothies.
For the average person, the “questionable” ingredient is the cucumber. Aren’t cucumbers meant for salads? Yes, but they go great in homemade juices and smoothies as well. Cucumbers are naturally rich in water, helping to hydrate the body. Additionally, cucumbers contain a lot of potassium and vitamins A & K. Plus, they are quite refreshing. See for yourself when you drink this smoothie. We can’t promise anything, but you may feel an incredible burst of energy after drinking it.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 3/4 c strawberries, frozen overnight
- 1/2 c cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 banana, peeled and frozen overnight
- 1 c homemade almond milk
- 1 1/2 c kale, thick stems removed
- handful of spinach (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, you can add a little more homemade almond milk.
- Pour the smoothie into a large cup and enjoy.