my go to extra green smoothie

My relationship with smoothies has been on again off again. I was the queen of smoothies for years until an incident with a live bug in a straw a couple years back. It put me off smoothies for a solid 2 years, but I have since recovered from the trauma and I am back to blending up concoctions.

Typically, smoothies can be loaded with sugar, but by swapping juice for water or unsweetened nut milks, and cutting down on some fruit they can be packed with vitamins and minerals. I love choosing smoothies for breakfast or lunch as a way to really up the amount of veggies and superfoods in my diet. It’s also an awesome way to use up veggies before they go bad. I slice up zucchini, steamed broccoli stems or cauli, and throw into the freezer until ready to add to my concoctions.

Below is my favourite green blend these days that packs in the chlorophyll, antioxidants & hydrating veg. Collagen adds protein without the extra additives that protein powders often have, with supporting skin, nail and joint heath.

What you need:

3/4 c frozen mango

2 c greens (kale + spinach are favourites)

1/2 c frozen zucchini

1/2 a cucumber

1/2 lemon or 1 lime juiced

1-2 inches peeled ginger

1 inch fresh turmeric

1/4 tsp spirulina or 1 tsp liquid chlorophyll

2 T hemp seeds or collagen powder

filtered water to blend

Throw it all in a blender & sip up 🙂

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