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Wellness Wednesday: Smoothie Secrets

By now, you’ve probably heard of the popular “green smoothie”. Throughout the Tri-State, on-the-go parents and busy professionals alike can be seen sipping these vibrant, creamy drinks.

Albeit trendy, my morning green smoothie is here to stay. It’s a convenient, nutritious meal that starts each of my busy days healthily, even when I’m running late.

My kind of fast food. 

As a green smoothie rookie, I loaded up the greens. Healthy? Yes. Tasty? Not so much.

I threw in my ingredients at random, without much measuring. I could barely stomach those bland, chunky concoctions I created.

Now, I always follow my “3, 2, 1 recipe”:

+ 3 cups greens, such as spinach, kale or parsley

+ 2 cups liquid, such as coconut water, green tea or almond milk

+ 1 cup fruit, such as banana, pineapple or berries

I always combine my ingredients in the order of my formula for the smoothest smoothie and use frozen fruit for a chilled, more refreshing taste.

Bonus points for adding protein, healthy fats or superfoods:

Protein powder and nut butters increase saiety. Healthy fats like avocado and coconut butter add richness. Superfoods add powerful benefits. For example, maca boosts energy and bee pollen supports immune function.

Not ready to experiment with my “3, 2, 1" formula? Stop by Rooted Juicery + Kitchen in Oakley for a freshly blended smoothie. They’re 100% organic and packed with powerful plant-based ingredients.

This week’s tip: Swap one meal with a green smoothie. How did it make you feel? Comment below!

- Lauren is a Senior Instructor at DEFINE: Oakley and is a Certified Health Coach. You may contact her at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Little Peanut