Siona Sammartino, MSN, offers more tips for her Go-Go Green Smoothie on her blog "Thyme to Spice it Up."
Siona’s Go Go Green Smoothie
This recipe is from Siona Sammartino, MSN, a dietetic intern at Bastyr University who can be seen on KING5’s “Healthy Dish” cooking video series. She talks about her smoothie on her blog, "Thyme to Spice it Up": “I’m not typically a fan of smoothies for meal replacers, unless they are homemade, contain only high-quality whole foods and plenty of real protein. So this means that you’ll have to skip the powder. Yup, no faking it here folks, just good ole protein from organic whole yogurt and milk. The recipe got its name because green foods are the type that will help you ‘go’ all day long.”
4-6 pitted mejool dates (or 2-3 teaspoons raw local honey)
1 Granny Smith apple
1-2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
½ avocado, pitted and peeled
1-2 small lemons, juiced
5-6 kale leaves, de-stemmed
1 cup of baby spinach
1 cup of baby arugula
½-¾ cup organic whole milk yogurt
½-¾ cup organic raw whole milk or coconut water
Pinch sea salt
½ teaspoon ground kelp, optional
½ teaspoon ground chia or flax seeds, optional
Add dates to a blender and grind to a paste. Add apple, ginger, avocado and lemon juice and blend. Add kale, spinach, arugula and blend again. Add yogurt and milk, sea salt and optional ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. If mixture is too thick, add more milk or some coconut water.
Variation: Use coconut milk and coconut yogurt in place of cow's milk for a non-dairy substitute.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 serving
Copyright 2010, S. Sammartino, Original recipe. From her "Thyme to Spice It Up" blog.