Coconut Green Smoothie

Vegetables are amazing.  They’re delicious, they help with digestion, and they’re packed to the brim with nutrients.  Unfortunately, getting enough veggies in the diet is a common complaint for people.  Heck, it can be hard enough to put food on the table in general, let alone get a slew of veggies in at each meal!

This quick veggie smoothie not only helps me include more healthful-ness in my diet but the inclusion of coconut milk makes sure I stay full longer…thus keeping me away from less healthy options.

Be warned, however, this smoothie is the real deal.  If you’re looking for something dessert like, this recipe isn’t for you.  I usually drink these as part of a savory meal–kind of like a salad–and I’m using them as a way to focus on nutrient density.

Quick note on digestion: if you have baseline digestive problems that you’re working on, it might be a good idea to start adding in extra veggies slowly to ensure that you don’t end up with more problems than you started with. (This has to do with the gut flora and how what we eat feeds our bacteria.)  So with this in mind, I suggest using half or even a quarter of the ingredients below to start.  If you still run into problems, decrease even more and space out the days you try these further.

Coconut Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 bunch kale, steamed (see kale note below)
  • 7-8 small radishes
  • 3/4 cup broccoli sprouts
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup water

Servings: 2

Kale Note:  The point of steaming kale is to make the nutrients more bioavailable.  When I’m really short on time, I cheat.  I wash my kale, put it on a paper towel, and microwave for about 10 seconds.

Steps:

1.  Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.

2. Drink!

Modifications:

For different flavors, I use all sorts of ingredients…basically, whatever is in my fridge!   However, I always keep the coconut milk, water, kale, and banana as a stable base.

Some of my favorite variations or additions include beets and all sorts of different berries.

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