Warming Green Smoothie

Good morning! After watching some health videos and reading blogs yesterday, I was re-inspired to start my day with greens. Seeing that it's November, and the weather is starting to cool down, I chose to drink this at room temperature. Cold smoothies (and smoothies in general) are tough for me in the winter, and I usually tend toward Mineral Broth. But it's good to know, whenever you make a beverage that has a cooler constitution, you can warm it up with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne and ginger! If you do prefer to have a cold smoothie, either make this and let it sit in the fridge (it will last 2 days) or add a couple ice cubes during the second blend. 

A few notes on this. First, I added the avocado and flax oil to help fill me up with some healthy fats. This is also good if you tend to be cold, fat is a great way to help you feel grounded and insulated. Fats also aid in the absorption of nutrients, so it's a good idea to have some in your smoothie. 

Warming Green Smoothie
Makes: 32 oz (2 16-oz drinks)

Ingredients
2 - 3 cups filtered water
2 cups spinach/mixed greens
2 cups kale/romaine (use more romaine if you are new to green smoothies)
¼ cup parsley
1 green apple, cored
½ lemon, peeled (leave some of the white on)
½ cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
½ avocado
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Optional Ingredients
1 tlb flax oil
1 tlb chia/hemp/flax seeds
1 tsp fresh ginger
½ tsp turmeric powder

To Prepare

  1. Add 2 cups water, greens and parsley to a high speed blender and blend until reduced to a liquid.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until completely incorporated
  3. At this point, you can add more water if you like a thinner smoothie, especially since the avocado adds bulk. You can also adjust the spices and add more to taste.
  4. Serve in 2 pint glasses and enjoy!