If you've been following The Coming Appetite for a while, you may remember a certain "Green Goddess Guac" that I concocted. Apparently, whenever I see green, I want to turn it into something a goddess would eat. It just sounds so much more exciting than "Kale, Pear, and Banana Smoothie."
I've been making smoothies daily this week. You see, right now I'm doing something only crazy people do. I'm running. A crazy girl I love named Alyssa talked me into signing up for the Maine Half Marathon with her, even though I vowed to never do that again. And when I've been getting back from my runs, I've been ravenous. I've wanted to eat healthy stuff. On Monday, thanks to this runner's hunger, magic was born. I grabbed everything that I could find in the fridge (which, to be honest, wasn't much), tossed it into my Magic Bullet, and pulsed it together. The result was a frothy beauty, not too sweet but also not too earthy. I've made one every day since then.
I did a little research on the health benefits of the different ingredients in this smoothie. Kale is full of fiber, which helps with digestion and helps you feel full. It's also full of Omega-3's, which are anti-inflammatory. Bananas are full of antioxidants and help regulate blood sugar. Pears do, too. Plus, they help prevent heart disease. I also like to toss in a little flax seed, which helps lower cholesterol, among many other things. In other words, this smoothie is a cancer-kicking heart-boosting, digestion-aiding powerhouse. And it's such a yummy treat on a sunny, summer day.
Love well and eat well,
Recipe for Green Goddess Smoothie Ingredients
- 1 banana
- 1 green pear
- 1 handful of kale, ribs removed
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed or protein powder (optional)
- a splash of water
- a handful of ice cubes
- Toss all the ingredients into a blender and blend thoroughly!