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Ok, on to the smoothie talk. Ever since I saw this post by the make-up artist on Secrets from a Stylist, I've been wanting to switch up my morning breakfast routine to include a healthy smoothie instead of the decaf tea and carbohydrate I've been having every morning. Yesterday, I finally commited and got myself a single serving blender with handy travel lid and all the makings for a couple of different smoothies.
Today I tried one with frozen mango, banana, OJ, and kale. The blender took a little while to get warmed up (or the mango took a while to defrost enough to be blended), but once it got going, I added more of each ingredient until I got the consistency I was looking for. I ended up using almost a whole banana, about a half of the package of mango, maybe a third of the kale you see in the picture, and about a cup of OJ.
This is what it looked like when it was done. The nice thing about this blender (got it at Target for $15) is that the cup comes off and has a travel lid so you can drink straight from it. It even fits in the cupholder in my car. Since I never give myself enough time to actually sit down and eat breakfast in the morning, I always need something I can grab and go. This takes a tiny bit of extra time to prepare, but it is very convenient for drinking in the car on the way to work.
I know a green smoothie doesn't look appetizing, but I promise it tastes delicious. I would never know there was kale in it by the taste. The texture, however, is a bit leafy (I was worried I had little green bits in my teeth before I headed in to work), but if you can get over that, you'll love it. In fact, it tasted almost too good, so I decided I would add some spinach to it for tomorrow.
Want some recipes for healthy green smoothies? Check this out. Scroll down to see a list of recipes, including the one I used today!
Would you ever try a green smoothie?