Signature Green Smoothie

Hi Happy Hungry Journey family!

On this beautiful Tuesday I’m sending you my favorite smoothie recipe to inspire you on your healthy eating journey. We’re a full month into the brand new year! How is it going so far with your plans for a healthy 2018?

If you’re still feeling sluggish from the holidays, I totally get it! It’s possible we all had some kind of excess during the holidays. PLUS the fact that we always say we are going to chill out and relax during the holidays, but we never do. (Insert crying laughing emoji.) This recipe will lighten up the situation.

I’m offering you my Signature Green Smoothie recipe. It’s my go-to when my digestion is feeling sluggish, or I’ve been eating way too much sugar. Ahem, ahem, this whole month for example.

In the above photo you see honey. Let’s address the fact that sugar like honey / maple syrup is not the enemy. It’s the processed, refined white sugar we need to look out for. So if you like a touch of honey or maple syrup in your morning smoothie, that’s not the problem! It’s all the other white sugar we eat that isn’t good for us. OK, now we can get started, since we cleared that up.

For my Signature Green Smoothie you need:

4 cups water

2 cups coconut milk

4 cups kale

2 apples (stems and cores removed)

1 pear (stem and core removed)

1 cup parsley (yes parsley! mmm, mmm, mmm)

2 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp-1 tbsp honey or maple syrup

juice from 2 lemons

dash of cinnamon (yes cinnamon. I am an Ayurveda-loving girl and include many nourishing spices in my diet.)

Serves 6-8 friends for brunch!*

*More about brunch below…

Combine all ingredients in your Vitamix or blender! This is a full batch, so I add ingredients incrementally and blend gradually.

The running joke in my kitchen is that I make as many items dirty as possible to ensure hours of washing. Therefore, I love to use the honey dipper with its grooves, crevices, and crannies to ensure my back will be aching at the kitchen sink. Go ahead, insert the crying / laughing emoji again, here.

I savor every step of the food preparation process from the inspiration, to the list making, shopping, food prep, food photography (and corresponding hours of food arranging!), and the eating!!!

Enjoy the smoothie on its own… or…

Take a different look at your weekly Saturday brunch. I love pancakes as much as the next San Francisco girl, but don’t forget about the huge opportunity for veggies the weekend presents us. Most of us have more time for chopping, prepping, and cooking on the weekends as compared to the work week, in which case— consider serving this smoothie with my Sauteed Veggies and Grains bowl. I’ll share this recipe with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the photo below, brimming with healthy-ness!

What’s in your Signature Green Smoothie? What kind of smoothie or juice helps reset your digestion and get you back on track? Let me know in the comments below! I love and appreciate when you share your food tips with me!

Hugs from Marisa

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2 Responses

  1. Brielle says:

    I usually do spinach, with almond milk and a banana––but I’ll have to switch it up and try the apples and pear!

    • Thank you Brielle for visiting the site! I appreciate it! I used to use banana, but then I realized I was eating like 7 bananas per week, which felt like a lot. The apples and pear have nice texture, and they work great, too. Sending hugs!!! xxoo

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