We stopped by The Good Life Cafe for a quick smoothie power up.
Our friends at The Good Life Cafe in Columbia, S.C. are all about healthy eating. This is a good time of year for it, too, with the flu starting to make the rounds.
The Good Life’s super green smoothie has the right ingredients to power you up for the fight against flu season and energizes your day.
- frozen pineapple & mango: contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Magnesium which is good for metabolism and gives you an energy boost
- kale: contains iron, calcium, protein, and chlorophyll which improves your blood health and is a great source of antioxidants
- spinach: contains iron, calcium, protein, and chlorophyll which improves your blood health and is a great source of antioxidants
- bananas: contains potassium for increased muscle health
- almond milk: serves as a low fat, low-calorie base for the smoothie
- agave nectar for sweetness
We didn’t get the exact recipe, but the general rule for a delicious green smoothie is the 60/40 formula which makes two servings.
That means you want your smoothie to be made up of about 60% fruit and 40% leafy greens.
With that knowledge, if you want to try to replicate the recipe above, you’ll need 2 cups (combined) of spinach and kale, 2 cups of almond milk, and 3 cups (combined) of banana, mango, and pineapple.
The best way to make the smoothie is by pouring the almond milk in the blender first, then add your leafy greens and blend together.
Then, add the fruit and blend again.
Here are some other ‘leafy green’ options: romaine lettuce, bok choy, swiss chard, collards, and dandelion.
If you don’t like almond milk, you can substitute water, coconut water, or coconut milk.
Other fruits that go great in a green smoothie include berries, orange, avacado, peach, pear, apple, and grapes.
And, if you want to add a little something extra, you can throw in things like chia seeds, cacao, almond butter, acai powder, and/or flax seeds.
Check out The Good Life Cafe online, here.