Sipping green juice and blending healthy smoothies is all the rage these days. Our bodies buzz with abundant energy as we soak up a rich blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Although the effects of juicing can be felt immediately, the leafy greens can taste bitter making this morning practice less than appetizing.
The trick to cutting out the bitter undertones of raw leafy greens is easy breezy. Simply add a healthy dose of cinnamon.
When you add cinnamon, the bitter flavor disappears, not to mention this incredible spice boosts your metabolism, decreases blood sugar levels, reduces inflammation, has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and is chock full of antioxidants. But don’t take my word… the proof is in the smoothie.
And remember, there is no need to suffer through the process of nourishing your amazing bod! Healthy foods and drinks can (and should) taste delightful… especially your green morning smoothie. This Green Goddess Smoothie is a perfect treat before yoga class and can pick up your energy during an afternoon slump. So, before you reach for the coffee or sugar, consider blending your greens.
Green Goddess Smoothie
- 2 cups kale (or spinach)
- 1 banana
- 1 heaping spoonful of cinnamon
- 16 oz. coconut water (you can also use fresh apple juice to keep the smoothie local and seasonal)
- 6-8 ice cubes
- Boost the nutritional value by adding blueberries or fresh peaches to the mix or turn this smoothie into a meal by adding coconut milk or an avocado.
- Place the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour the smoothie into your favorite glassware and savor.
*makes 2 servings
*banner image taken from www.publichealthalert.org
*cinnamon image taken from npr.org