Monday, December 30, 2013

Tropical Green Smoothie (AIP)

Do you eat enough veggies? When it comes to not getting enough of those awesome greens, I'm guilty as charged. Sometimes it's pure laziness; other times is that I'm not impressed with the taste. More often than not, I get mad that I have to throw vegetables in the trash because of a combination of both previous reasons. So I'm trying to fix that, and when I say trying, I mean I think about it every day and some days I do very well, and other days...not so much.

But I have a new addition to my kitchen lineup that just might help change things! One of my Christmas presents this year was a much desired NutriBullet. I am in LOVE! I've used the little thing every day at least two or three times a day since I opened it (I waited until after the family left so I wouldn't have to share. Shh!). So far: green smoothies, dessert smoothies, cacao powder (made from organic cacao nibs), butternut squash soup, and chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Did I say cupcakes? Yes, yes, I did. But I digress. Veggies. That's the real reason. Green smoothies! Let's try one!

Tropical Green Smoothie
3 oz spinach leaves, packed
½ mango, peeled and chunked
¼ cup papaya chunks
1 in peeled ginger
⅓ cup grapes
4-5 large ice cubes 
Water kefir (I used mango-flavored) to max line (about ⅓-½ cup depending on how thin you want the smoothie or add more ice for a thicker smoothie).

Pack all the ingredients in the blender. Pulse a few times to get everything moving. Let it blend until smooth. Enjoy your veggies.