Lately, I’ve been craving green vegetables, and what that means to me is that my body is lacking some important nutrients that it’s just not getting. I’ve juiced in the past but what I didn’t like was that most of the fruits or vegetables would get left behind in the juicer so all you got was juice with no guts. My issue with that is that I felt that a lot of the “good” stuff, meaning the vitamins and nutrients from the fruits and veggies, were being wasted.
So, I decided to try something different and make a fruit and vegetable smoothie instead. We got the Nutri system over the summer and my husband was the only one using it to make fruit smoothies. It took me a while to figure out that I could make a fruit and vegetable smoothie as well. That way I could get my daily serving of both fruits and vegetables. I’m not one for replacing meals with juice but I will drink it in addition to a small meal. Here’s a recipe that my husband and I recently tried and loved.
I didn’t follow this recipe to the letter so these are approximate measurements. You can adjust to your liking.
Ingredients (yields 4 cups – 32ozs)
2 cups stemmed Kale
1 cup Spinach
1 Ripe Banana
1 Granny Smith Apple
1/2 cup Pineapple
1 cup Orange Juice
I juiced the carrots separately to avoid excessive pulp but realized later that this step was not necessary because the actual Nutri Ninja accessory takes care of that. You’ll see what I mean later.
Combine all ingredients in Nutri blender.
Below we’re adding the carrots that we juiced separately.
Puree the ingredients until smooth (about 1 minute).
The juice was still a little too pulpy so my hubby used the single serve Nutri Ninja accessory to puree it even more. P.S. This would have taken care of the carrots that I juiced separately. 🙂
You can see the difference in consistency below.
We then transferred the mixture to mason jars and, voila, a delicious fruit and vegetable smoothie!
Do you have any healthy and delicious smoothie recipes to share? I’m hoping to make this a daily practice so please send me any recipes that you enjoy.
Have a happy Monday!