I like smoothies. I even like green smoothies. And man, oh man, do I feel virtuous when I have a delicious cupful of my green treat. So when I saw that a green smoothie was on the list for Phase 1 of The Plant Paradox Program, I thought, Sweet! I can totally do this.
Let me be the first to say that when you don’t use fruit to sweeten your smoothies, they take on a completely different tone. Maybe I was immune to the taste of bananas, or to the sweetness of fruit, but holy fuck was this thing not the same.
It tasted like salad. It was sour (hey, there 1/4 cup of lemon juice). And it just wasn’t the same sweet treat I was used to. I also learned pretty quickly (as in the first sip) that I’m not a fan of Stevia in things. Like, at all. So I opted to swap the stevia for two dates, soaked overnight or in boiling hot water for 10 minutes, to soften them up.
Even with all of those negative marks against it, I actually started to crave this green smoothie in the morning. (Say what?!) And honestly, I’m 100% convinced that it helped to nip my sugar cravings in the bud.
So prepare to up your nutrition AND those feelings of virtuousness with an intensely green (and good for you) smoothie.
Plant Paradox Inspired Green Smoothie
Nip sugar cravings in the bud with this super intense and super green smoothie. Bonus: it's Plant Paradox approved!
- 2 cups greens (romaine, spinach, arugula, kale, chard) get creative!
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- 2 dates soaked overnight or in boiling water for 5-10 minutes
- 3/4 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth or desired consistency.
If you prefer your smoothie a bit thinner, add an extra 1/4 cup of water.
If you are needing to remove all sugar, swap the dates with liquid Stevia (5-6 drops).
If you want something a little thicker or colder, you can freeze the lemon juice in an ice cube tray over night or simply add in 2-3 ice cubes.
Dairy free, nightshade free, gluten free, wheat free, soy free, egg free, and corn free.