Sunday, July 7, 2013

Double Green Smoothie

I always find when I get home from vacation the first day is a bit of a transition in the food department. I'm excited to get back to my routine, but doing that obviously requires some planning and restocking. I spent the better part of this morning making my grocery list and plotting out the week's meals.

I wanted to make something quick and easy today, not to mention something that would include a hefty dose of greens! While I didn't let it all hang out during my trip, I can honestly say there wasn't much consumption of kale.

Despite a hankering for a green smoothie, I actually made this one specifically for the caveman. We stopped into Whole Foods one day in FL and he was utterly smitten with the pina colada smoothie they whipped up for him (our local WF doesn't have a juice/smoothie bar). While sipping on his drink he proclaimed to wanting to clean up his diet a bit upon our return, and said he'd feel so much better starting each day with a healthy smoothie.

I told him I could make him plenty that would be even more virtuous than his tropical pick of the day. I also, naturally, promised they'd be tasty. And perhaps green...

While I don't think the dates are truly necessary here, I used them because that's how Whole Foods sweetened their smoothies at the bar. I find a banana is usually enough for me, but you can use a date or two if you want it a little sweeter.

My smoothie wound up being a bit muddier than I had originally planned, as I used a mixture of dark-hued berries. If you want something that's a prettier/brighter shade of green, use only red berries like strawberries or raspberries.
Double Green Smoothie
adapted from Whole Foods

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1-2 pitted dates (optional)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
1 cup each baby kale and baby spinach

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and process until smooth.