We all want skin that glows and hair that is soft and shiny and here’s your ticket to get it. By drinking this Youthful Glow Green Smoothie daily, you can begin to wipe away all of those holiday eating regrets and put those New Year’s Resolutions to work. It’s the first Monday in January – the time of year when you can’t even find a parking spot at Whole Foods. Everyone is jumping on the health food bandwagon…and a great way to get started is by drinking this amazing smoothie every day. You are going to feel like a million bucks. I promise!
This is an ultra-refreshing smoothie. It has a touch of sweetness from apple juice and yet is packed with an abundance of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables. The combination of spinach and kale is the best of both worlds, as both are nutritional powerhouses. The spinach flies under the radar while the kale has a more pronounced flavor.
By drinking this every day, you will feel an amazing difference. You will have more energy, more stamina, more mental focus, clearer skin, and a glow that comes from within….and the weight loss doesn’t hurt either! And as an added bonus, it can many times help with troublesome tummy issues. It makes me feel good to mix up this drink for my kids in the morning and know they are getting a large portion of the vitamins for the day in one single smoothie serving.
Here’s a breakdown of the Youthful Glow Green Smoothie Ingredients + Benefits:
Kale – Insanely low in calories. Powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Helpful for arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Helps to create that youthful glow.
Spinach – The beauty of spinach lies in how easy it is to disguise the taste. It’s mild tasting yet packed with an abundance of vitamins, has anti-cancerous properties and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
Cucumber – Since it’s 95% water, it’s an incredible detoxifer. Helps with liver and kidney function.
Lemon – The “happy fruit” – one of the most important items to stock in your kitchen. It’s a highly effective cleansing agent and cuts through the bitterness of greens.
Banana – An essential in smoothies as it adds creaminess, a touch of sweetness, and helps you feel full longer. Plus, it’s rich in potassium and fiber and gives you natural energy.
Pure Apple Juice – Since it’s packed with Vitamin C, it’s a friend to your immune system. The sweet juice counteracts the bitterness of the greens and leaves a refreshing taste.
If you want to up the ante on the health benefits, swap your apple juice with water and add a whole apple instead. You will be increasing your fiber as whole fruits are always preferable to juice. My kids definitely prefer the apple juice but we do both in our home.
- 2 Handfuls (approximately 2 cups) Kale or Power Greens Mix
- 2 Handfuls (approximately 2 cups) Baby Spinach
- 2 cups Pure Apple Juice
- ½ Cucumber
- ½ Lemon, squeezed (for extra benefits, use the juice from an entire lemon)
- 1 Banana
- 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, grated
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink right away as the foam will rise to the top which means that you have lots of good fiber to drink.
- *Using a frozen banana will allow you to use less ice.
- *For added nutritional benefits, swap water with apple juice and add one whole apple or swap out 1 cup of apple juice for 1 cup of water and add ½ apple.
This isn’t your overly sweet smoothie that you will be sipping for hours. It’s best consumed right away and use a straw because you will want to stir around all of the amazing blended whole foods.
I would love for you to tell me how you feel after drinking this for a week. I challenge you to drink this for 7 straight days and let me know the amazing benefits you witness after one short week. Who is up for the challenge?