If you are looking for new ways to incorporate green vegetables into your diet, smoothies are the answer. Forget about waiting until lunch or dinner to eat your kale or collards—You can get started in the morning with a tall glass of green nutrition for breakfast.
If you are hesitant to throw a large handful of leaves into your blender, I can understand that. You’ve been trained for years to view green leafy vegetables as a wilted pile of bitterness on a plate. It’s now time to re-train your brain to understand that greens can be consumed in a way that feels fresh and bright and flavorful.
If you are ready to take the plunge into the world of green smoothies, let me introduce you to one of my favorite recipes—a non-alcoholic, delicious, green version of the mojito cocktail.
A Few Words of Advice for Beginners
Yes, you can make this mojito for breakfast, and one day you will, but if this is your first green smoothie, DO NOT make it for breakfast. There’s no point in overwhelming yourself before your taste buds are even awake and ready for a new experience.
Save this recipe to try as an afternoon snack. Snacks are enjoyable, and that’s a good mindset to have as you move into the world of green drinks.
Try a small serving. Keep in mind that this is not a meal, so there’s no pressure to consume a large volume on day 1.
Put your green smoothie into a beautiful glass. I don’t know why, but presentation actually matters. Maybe it’s me, but champagne is not appealing in a Styrofoam cup. Likewise, a green smoothie in a plastic mug does not sound appetizing. Serve yourself with the same respect and care that you would receive if you ordered this drink at a high-end spa.
When in doubt, add more ice. I’m actually not a big fan of icy cold drinks. I drink water at room temperature and prefer my iced tea without ice. However, when it comes to green smoothies, the colder the better. Once you blend your smoothie, give it a taste. If it doesn’t feel refreshing, grab another handful of ice and re-blend.
Enjoy…And stay tuned for more green smoothie options!
Mint-Mojito Madness Smoothie
½ cup unsweeted organic soy/almond/rice milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large handful of kale
½ cup fresh spearmint leaves
1 frozen banana (chop it before you freeze it)
1 large handful of ice
Juice of ½ lime
Makes 1 serving.