By Kelly Orazi from KANDALS TEAM
Drinking a fruit smoothie is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy during a busy college semester. But who says it has to be all about the fruit? Adding vegetables and leafy greens to your fruit smoothies adds valuable nutrients, kickstarts your energy and tastes great. Veggies like spinach and kale are high in iron, essential vitamins, and are powerful antioxidants. If you already have a favorite fruit smoothie recipe, try adding a handful of spinach or kale to it. If you're a smoothie newbie, here are some simple recipes to get you started:
The Green Smoothie
Green smoothies can be simple and sweet. Greens like spinach and kale are a great starter base because they not only blend well, but taste great. Keep in mind the more greens you add, the more 'green' your smoothie will look, but it will still hardly taste any different than a whole fruit smoothie.
1 cup Kale or Spinach (or a mix of both)
1 frozen mango
1/2 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple
fill with desired amount of water or orange juice.
1 cup spinach
1 cup orange juice
As long as you add some sort of vegetable or leaf to your smoothie, it is still considered "green", even if the color is not! Ever tried a blend of fruits and berries in a smoothie? Add some carrot juice and make it green!
Berry and Beet
1/2 cup Berry mix (or your favorite small berry)
1/2 cup strawberries
1 small beet
Fill with desired amount of water or orange juice
You can either use milk and yogurt or you can keep it all vegan by adding instead a nut based milk like soy, almond, or coconut. Water and orange juice also work wonderfully as a base. Plus, the right mixture of greens and fruits won't need any honey or added sugar.
Delicious Desert Smoothies
1 cup mango
1/2 cup water
Peanut Butter Chocolate
1 cup chocolate almond milk
2 tablespoons Natural Peanut butter
ice cubes as desired
While there are some fancy blenders out there, really any blender will be able to blend these veggies well. If you can, buy organic fruits and veggies at your local farmers market. If that's not an option you can stock up on fruits and veggies at somewhere like Trader Joe's, which carries frozen fruit in small (dorm-sized fridge friendly) bags. And you can take your smoothie to go in a simple mason jar or a bpa free reusable plastic container. Enjoy!