I feel like we are all on the same page today.
Like, it is detox time.
BUT my kind of detox time…the good kind, the delicious kind. Duh.
It’s been a full two months of extra cheesy meals, extra decadent desserts and I am guessing that for a lot of you New Years Eve may have also meant one too many drinks. It’s what happens every holiday season and I would not have it any other way. But just like clockwork when the New Years hits, I am ready for some health. Meaning, bring on the fruits, veggies and the greenest smoothies you can find.
Of course there will still be plenty of chocolate and cheese this year. I mean, when I say detox I use that word in the VERY lightest sense. Let’s be real, you know that I cannot go a day without at least one of these items. Thinking it’ll be a little more dark chocolate than milk though. I am a dark chocolate lover though, so this is cool.
Anyway, I am not really one of those people who buys into the detoxes where you only drink juice for like ten days. No, I could never do that. I am a solid foods person, I prefer chunky soups to smooth for this sole reason. So I could never drink just juice for ten days, kudos to those of you who can, but it’s not for me.
Smoothies however are totally my jam….with a side of toast or something because um carbs. What? They give me energy and keep my body warm on these freezing cold January days here in the mountains (AND it is COLD).
Now you guys, I just have to say one thing. DO NOT freak out at the sight of this very green smoothie. I promise, promise, promise this is DELICIOUS. It is most definitely the best smoothie I have ever made, or had (but I must admit, I have not had a lot of smoothies made FOR me… I need to go to more tropical places!).
The mean green smoothie passed the test of almost all of thirteen people in my household, and yes, that even included little Red, who was definitely highly skeptical. I think the peer pressure got to him so he tried it… and liked it! YES. Oh but Kai? Yeah, there was no way I was ever going to get him to take even the tiniest sip. He’s the brother that doesn’t eat fruits or vegetables, we are all not sure how he has made it this far in life. He was not swayed by peer pressure and claimed there was no way he was drinking a green drink. Whimp.
So even though this smoothie is crazy green, it actually tastes nothing like greens. It’s extra fruity and citrusy. I used a combo of banana, mango, pineapple and orange to mask out the flavors of kale and spirulina powder. I swear, it’s the perfect combo and there is no taste of any kale or grittiness at all. I have to admit that once I saw the color I was more than skeptical. I mean, that color, it’s intense! But I swear, this smoothie is beyond delicious. I have already made it three times this week, because well, some of our clan kind of needed the detox, but they all loved the taste.
It’s been perfect as a mid-morning snack!
The only odd ingredient in here is the spirulina powder. I bought mine at Natural Grocers, but you can also order it on Amazon. Use it in other smoothie recipes or simply add it to your juice. It is a superfood after all, so eat up!
Holiday Detox: The Mean Green Smoothie.
- 1 small-medium banana peeled + sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 cup fresh or mango chunks
- 1 cup kale I used baby Kale
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder*
- 3/4 cup orange juice preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
Place the the ingredients, except for the hemp seeds, in a high powdered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. If you like your smoothies thin, add orange juice or coconut milk. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Enjoy!
Happy New Year, and here is to a fresh and clean start!