If you haven’t had goji berries before, they are a great snack and also work really well in smoothies. They’re sweet, healthy and rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A. Make sure you soak the goji berries in water before blending. This will plump them up, release their juices and allows for easy blending. I mixed in some celery, bananas and mango chunks, resulting in a bright orange color, similar to my vegan goji berry shake. You can find goji berries at most health food stores, Whole Foods or on Amazon.
Green smoothies are a wonderful way to give our body the nutrients it needs. I mixed spinach greens with sweet mango and apple, then added some plain yogurt to make it even creamier.
[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]
Kale, one of the healthiest greens out there is perfect to use in a smoothie. I typically use curly kale but this time I blended Lacinato or Tuscan kale, of the dinosaur kale variety. A little history lesson: Lacinato kale, enjoyed by the Romans, has been grown in Italy for centuries and is used in much of Italian cuisine. The taste is also a bit milder and sweeter than curly kale, perfect for a morning green smoothie!
This is my first – of hopefully many more – green smoothie recipes. It’s great for beginners as it only involves a few ingredients…..mangoes, parsley, water and ice. Make sure your mangoes are very sweet and ripe, otherwise the taste will be bitter and sour. If your mangoes aren’t ripe enough, place them in a brown paper bag the night before you use them. For extra sweetness, add one or two dates into the mix.