Green Smoothies for Mom Superpowers

When you have a baby at home, can be hard to get a good, nutritious breakfast—or any kind of meal. And if you have more than one child, you may spend a good deal of your day in the car. But you don’t have to sacrifice your health or your sanity to get a quality meal in your busy day. Smoothies are quick, portable, and super healthy, and green smoothies pack a powerful punch of fiber, vitamins, minerals and energy. And what mom can’t use more of that?

Great Green Smoothies

Here’s how to make the perfect (quick!) green smoothie:

Choose your greens. Some of my favorites for smoothies are kale and spinach, but you can use any other one you like to change the flavor profile. Collards and beet greens have a more robust taste and a handful of parsley is a great choice for added energy and brings some brightness to the smoothie.

Pick a base. This can take your smoothie from light, airy and tropical, to rich and creamy. For more of a cleansing smoothie I like to go with a mixture of coconut water and aloe vera juice. Adding almond or coconut milk makes a thicker, richer smoothie.

Find your Fruit. Frozen bananas, mangoes and cherries are great for adding sweetness and depth. Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, limes, and oranges create lighter, more refreshing flavors. Berries are great for creating classic combinations such as banana strawberry.

Add more veggies. A green smoothie doesn’t have to stop with one green ingredient. You can add as many veggies as you’d like. Carrots, cucumbers and beets are great choices to boost your vitamin content.

Sprinkle in some extras. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some superfoods. Blackstrap molasses adds some iron and calcium, fresh ginger is a refreshing immune booster, and seeds such as hemp, flax and chia add fiber, a little protein and a lot of nutrition. You can even try adding some green powder made of dried greens and fruits for even more of a boost.

Choose a fat and/or protein. Many of the vitamins in veggies are fat-soluble which means they need to be taken with some fat to be absorbed by the body. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats around, but other fats such as avocado and flax oil, nut butters or seeds work just as well. A high-quality protein powder can also help turn a smoothie from a snack into a delicious balanced meal.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby.

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