This smoothie is my go-to weekday morning breakfast. It’s so packed with nutrition that if I only eat mac and cheese and cookies for the rest of the day, I’ll still feel OK. It’s cleansing, energy boosting, and immune supportive.
The base is a simple combination of raw milk kefir, one banana, and a big handful of baby greens. You can stop there and be happy that you’re getting veggies and a healthy dose of probiotics first thing in the morning, or you can add any of the following boosters to take it to the next level.
Known as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, this blue-green microalgae helps flush toxins, boost immunity, reduce nasal allergies, and fight fatigue. I’ll warn against using more than a teaspoon in your smoothie - the powdered form has a strong taste, but the sweetness of the banana masks it here. If you don’t want to use banana, think twice about adding spirulina. Be mindful of sourcing, as it can contain with dangerous metals and contaminated fillers. (1)
Thought to improve skin elasticity and improve bone and joint health, I’ll take any help I can get having just turned 39 last week! Collagen also soothes digestive distress and may help balance hormones. (2) Look for grass-fed, pasture-raised powdered collagen.
This adaptogenic root is thought to help the body naturally adapt to stress that is ever-increasing in our modern lives. Traditionally used in ancient Incan culture to improve fertility and libido, it’s also thought to improve stamina and memory. (3)
PAPAYA & ManGo
High levels of vitamin C will help you get through the tail end of flu season, while the soluble fiber helps with digestion and elimination. These tropical fruits may help protect against a variety of cancers including prostate and colon cancer. (4)(5)
Green Dream Smoothie
Makes: 1-2 Servings
- 3/4 c raw milk kefir
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 Tbsp grass-fed collagen
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 large handful baby greens
- 1/2 c mango or papaya
- Add all ingredients to a blender, blending until well combined.
- Any nut milk or milk substitute can be used in place of raw milk kefir. Coconut milk is especially delicious.
- Banana, mango, and papaya can be fresh or frozen.
- A mix of baby greens is recommended for varied nutrient density, but baby spinach has the mildest flavor and may be a good introduction to green smoothies.