Mixed berry, mango and kale smoothie

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They say it takes 10,000 hours to do something to become a teacher.

According to my blendtec counter, I have mixed 1655 shakes. I'm not sure where this translates to on the beginner to teacher scale, nor do I consider myself a teacher, but I've mixed quite a few green shakes in my day.

A few years ago, my sister-in-law Katie showed me how to make green smoothies. I remember staring in amazement as I put handfuls of spinach in the blender along with frozen berries, bananas, and orange juice. Genius! This was in the early days of green smoothies and my mind was amazed. My sister-in-law Katie is a few years older than me and my husband. And since I only have siblings, I have always admired and extracted her knowledge of everything related to food and baby. I hastily wrote down what I was doing on a sticky note and put a good blender on top of my Christmas list that year. Luckily Santa brought me one!

Since then, I make a green smoothie almost every day. I fell even more in love with green smoothies when my son was a baby and learned to drink from a straw. Seeing him happily swallowing kale still makes me feel a little queasy. And cunning. Green smoothies are like my mom's guilt insurance policy. If my son turns down a healthy dinner that I make later in the day, I think back to the green smoothie I had earlier and feel a little better about life. Green smoothies simply improve everything in life.

That is with one major exception. I only like green smoothies when they don't taste "green." A green smoothie can go from amazing to horrible pretty quickly. No one wants to swallow something tasty, at room temperature, flavored with water and grass.

This week I am going to post some of my favorite combinations of green smoothies. All of these smoothies don't taste green at all! I don't usually use recipes or measure things when making smoothies, but I tend to follow some green smoothie rules. The Green Smoothie Commandments, so to speak.

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Even with these rules, I know it's still good to get new inspiration if you're on a green smoothie routine or if you're new to green smoothies.

These are the recipes for green smoothies that I will share this week:

Green Smoothie Week:

Day 1 – Mixed berry, mango and kale smoothie

Day 2 – Strawberry, banana and spinach smoothie

Day 3 – Mango and avocado smoothie

Day 4 – Super Green Back-On-Track Smoothie

Day 5 – Spinach, almond and cherry smoothie

The first smoothie I'm sharing is the same combination that my sister-in-law showed me years ago. It's still one of my favorites! This smoothie is great if you introduce yourself to a skeptical loved one. I like to use purple kale because it keeps the smoothie a nice huge purple color.

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Green Smoothie Week: Mixed Berry, Mango & Kale Smoothie

This refreshing smoothie combines tropical flavors with a real kick of kale!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice, or 3/4 cup orange juice + 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of something creamy, yogurt, kefir, coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups kale

Optional mixes:

  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Protein powder

Recipe Notes

* For kale, I don't pack the cups. Usually I add 1-2 loose handfuls. * You may want to dilute the smoothie with up to 1/2 cup of juice / water to the desired consistency.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Calories: 312kcal

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