Strawberry Lemonade Green Smoothie

Back in the middle of winter, we decided to attempt something new, something healthy. Green smoothies. First, we tried the Dr. Oz 3 day smoothie cleanse. Wow, were those nasty tasting! One important thing to note though, we felt good! Three days of no junk, no artificial anything, and both of us felt good.  We just wanted something that tasted better.

I borrowed a book from the library, Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko and got out the Blendtec high speed blender. The whole point of this book is that the author states people need the nutrients from greens, but you have to make it taste good to get them down the hatch. I have to admit that at first, we thought the smoothies were going to be horrible like the Dr. Oz ones. We started with some of her very basic recipes, and they were surprisingly tasty!

With her idea in mind, I've experimented with some different combinations. They generally look like green or brown sludge, but there are some really tasty combinations! I think you might be surprised.

juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups coconut water, I used Zico
2 Tablespoons light agave nectar, like Madhava or Wholesome Sweeteners
1 scoop vanilla protein powder,  I used Max Muscle's Maxpro
2 cups dinosaur kale, stem removed
2 cups frozen strawberries (without sugar)
1 banana
1 avocado

1. Place ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend it on Smoothie cycle 1 time.

2. Pour into 2 large glasses. Drink right away or save covered in the fridge for later. It won't separate and taste weird if you drink it later the same day.

Note: This is intended to be a meal replacement smoothie.


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