Easy Being Green Smoothie

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A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

Easy Being Green Smoothie: A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

I’m sitting here making a list what ingredients I need to buy to make my two classic contributions to Thanksgiving dinner. They are pretty much the easiest dishes, which is likely why I have been trusted to bring them year after year. Corn pudding and green bean casserole, both made in the Crock Pot. That’s right, just combine all the ingredients, turn that sucker on high and evacuate the kitchen.

For the record, both are always gobbled up, so I’ll proudly continue to serve as Sous Chef, overseeing the slow cooker, thank you very much.

You know what else I am really good at making? Smoothies. I’m even more comfortable around my blender than I am with my Crock Pot. I’ve been carefully perfecting the art of the green smoothie, and recently created a masterpiece. Which means I have since enjoyed it for breakfast, lunch and dinner- on separate days, of course.

Easy Being Green Smoothie with no added sugar!

Whoever said a smoothie can’t be a meal hasn’t had one of these green machines, or is just afraid of the color.

I know you’re out there, green haters. But, just like I’d tell Kermit the Frog: It’s actually just so easy to be green!

Easy Being Green Smoothie, protein-packed with avocado and banana.

Did you know I gave up sugar cold turkey earlier this year? And caffeine, too. I know what you’re thinking: What kind of lunatic gives up two of life’s greatest pleasures—sweets and coffee? [Slowly raising my hand] I just hadn’t been feeling well, and I’d been reading a lot about how both sugar and caffeine affect your overall health, from your skin to digestive, physical and mental health. It wasn’t that I was following any certain diet, but I wanted to see what happened.

Guess what: Three months in, the results were fantastic, so I’ve largely just kept at it. I have only had one full cup of coffee (with plenty of cream) in the past six months, and it made me feel like I was going to bounce off a wall. As for sugar, I will enjoy a cookie or a piece of cake on a special occasion, but I don’t crave it, and I can’t say it makes me feel good. I stick to natural sugars, like fruit, and even enjoy those in moderation. Did I mention I have more energy and just feel generally better? Because I do.

I never was a huge coffee drinker, or had much of a sweet tooth, so this new way of eating wasn’t as hard for me as I’m sure it would be for others. But, it did make me realize how many foods contain a LOT of added sugar and just how much sugar I was eating without even knowing it. Foods I considered to be generally healthy, like flavored yogurt, protein powder, oatmeal, salad dressing, trail mix, peanut butter, granola bars—all have sugar, and often a whole lot of it.

I’ve found ways to make delicious meals that are often very sweet but have minimal, if any, added sugar. It IS hard at first, but, once you learn what to buy, it’s actually pretty easy. Case and point: This smoothie.

Easy Being Green Smoothie with zero added sugar

Now, listen up, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You know what the ingredient is that makes this smoothie so darned extra creamy and delicious?

Avocado.

Yup, I’ve scientifically proven, yet again, that avocados do indeed make everything better. I put a chunk in my smoothie a couple weeks ago, and a legend was born unto my blender.

I also pack in the kale. Oh, kale. How I love you. But, I know there are a lot of you out there who aren’t members of the Kale Lovers Club. In fact, you may actually be kale haters (gasp). And I’ll admit, I’ve had some pretty yucky kale smoothies- you know, the kind that taste kind of grainy and, well, like you’re eating liquid grass?

THIS GREEN SMOOTHIE IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

Glad we cleared that up. Now let’s talk about what else is in it. Half a banana (again, I don’t overdo it with natural sugar, either, although I know fruit is good for you!), a dollop of almond butter (no added sugar), unsweetened coconut/almond milk (Califia Farms = my go-to) and some flaxseed.

Usually, I enjoy this smoothie after a good workout, which usually involves a long run and/or strength training. So, it’s important that I pack in the protein. I use plain Greek yogurt (once you go Fage, you can’t go back) and Vega protein powder.

Easy Being Green Smoothie, with vanilla Vega protein powder

When I was first breaking up with sugar, I searched for a protein powder that didn’t have any added sugar, and that’s when I found Vega. It’s a plant-based powder that’s full of fruits, veggies and probiotics, too. My favorite flavor is vanilla, but it also comes in chocolate and chai.

Easy Being Green Smoothie, made with vanilla Vega protein powder

Pause for a commercial break: Costco sells Vega, almond butter and Fage Greek yogurt in bulk! Nothing better than super-sizing all my healthy favorites. All of the above are pretty much why I have a membership.

Now back to the program.

On Thursday, I’ll be filling my plate with corn pudding, green bean casserole, and loads of turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc. It’s going to be an epic feast.

But I know how I’ll be going green on Black Friday. And it doesn’t involve waking up at 4 a.m.

(More interested in my Crock Pot recipes? I’m a believer in Seeded at the Table’s Crock Pot Corn Pudding, and I first found the Smoky Green Bean Casserole recipe in Better Homes and Gardens…the actual magazine)

Easy Being Green Smoothie
Serves 2
A protein-packed refreshing green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it easy to be green.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 Ice cubes
  2. 1/2 Avocado
  3. 1/2 Banana
  4. 1 Cup Fresh Kale
  5. 1 Teaspoon Almond Butter
  6. 1 Scoop Vanilla Vega Protein & Greens
  7. 1 Tablespoon Flaxseed
  8. 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut-Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
  9. 1 1/4 Cups Water
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients into blender and pulse until smooth. Go green!
Notes
  1. Add more or less water or milk, depending on how you prefer the consistency.
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Easy Being Green Smoothie, A protein-packed green smoothie with no added sugar that makes it so easy to be green.

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