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Green Smoothies

By Jessi Singson

Instagram: @juiceboost

Smoothies

Being busy juggling university work, exercising, and every other average 20-year old activity possible, it can get a little difficult to get my 2 and 5 a day. 2 serves of fruit, and 5 serves of veggies, that is. I’m sure you guys know how I feel. And that is just the minimum!

To make sure I start my day right, I almost always reach for my blender first thing in the morning. Green smoothies are the way to go! They’re a simple way to get all that raw, nutritious goodness in your system.

Not only can you pack a lot of fruits in there, but it’s also a great way to get those extra servings of leafy greens in every day (which are good for you because of all the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients they contain!). You won’t taste them at all. These smoothies can help with boosting energy, weight loss, improving your immune system, and are just all around amazing.

A lot of people have been asking me about the green smoothies I post (Instagram: @juiceboost, throwing in a shameless “follow me!” right here!), so here’s my favourite go-to recipe:

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1 banana

1-2 cups spinach

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1-2 teaspoons almond/peanut butter

½ cup water

Chia seeds

Goji berries

Ice

  1. Blend the spinach and water first
  2. Add everything else (except the chia seeds and goji berries) and blend until smooth
  3. Add more water, depending on the consistency you want
  4. Stir in the chia seeds
  5. Top with goji berries and enjoy!

This is my absolute favourite, but my daily smoothies usually depend on whatever fruits I pick up at the market every couple of days.

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Another of my favourite healthy breakfast alternatives is overnight oats. You prepare them the night before, leave them in the fridge overnight and grab them for a quick bite the next morning. No cooking involved! I like to top my overnight oats with whatever smoothie I make that morning too. Superfood cccombo!

1/3 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

½ banana, sliced

Chia seeds

Cinnamon

  1. Mix equal parts oats, milk and yogurt together
  2. Add bananas, chia seeds, and a pinch of cinnamon (the mix-ins are entirely up to you at this point – berries, apples, etc.)
  3. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight
  4. Top with some nut butter, something for texture like muesli, or both, and enjoy!

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16 COMMENTS

    1. Kyle October 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Whoa! How did you do that switching gif? So pretty.

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      1. Jessi October 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        Hey Kyle, thanks! Just used photoshop :) You can find easy gif tutorials online!

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        1. Kyle October 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

          I see, okay. There it goes again! See! See! It’s so cool coz it keeps on changing. I will try doing it. :P

          I love your article. Now we can eat veggies even when it’s not very good sometimes ( the taste I mean, because it’s good for the body).

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    1. kassy October 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      i’m gonna try this! i am trying to change my lifestyle.. i wanna be fitter and healthier!

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    1. angel October 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      hello. where can i find that kind of glass? :)

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      1. Jessi October 3, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Hi Angel! They’re actually jars! The ones I use are Ball Mason pint jars, they hold 2 cups of liquid.

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        1. Kristine February 3, 2014 at 10:49 am

          Hi! Where can I buy jars like this? Thanks!

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    1. Katherine October 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Have you tried the Vitamix blenders, Angel? They’re awesome. Good good stuff =)

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    1. Iris October 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Hi! What can you suggest as substitute for some of the ingredients? I live in a small province in visayas an we don’t have ingredients like greek yogurt, chia seeds, and goji berries.

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    1. naki October 5, 2013 at 4:33 am

      I always love smoothies they are my routine in morning have tride vitamix blenders they always use it

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    1. tin October 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

      where did you get chia seeds other than healthy options?

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    1. kate October 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      what juicer can you recommend?

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    1. Jessi October 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Hi Iris, I love to make smoothies with just all fruits too! They’re just as healthy and 100% good for you too. Today I just had bananas, oranges, leafy greens and a bit of peanut butter, for example.

      Tin, there are lots of places to order online too – one of my friends uses http://thesuperfoodgrocer.com/.

      And Kate, I’ve never used a juicer before! Only blenders so far. Juicing vs. blending offers quite a few different pros and cons (though both are still great for you). Maybe Erwan can help shed some light on that :)

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    1. Jessi October 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Hi Iris, I love to make smoothies with just all fruits too! They’re just as healthy and 100% good for you too. Today I just had bananas, oranges, leafy greens and a bit of peanut butter, for example.

      Tin, there are lots of places to order online too – one of my friends uses http://thesuperfoodgrocer.com/.

      And Kate, I’ve never used a juicer before! Only blenders so far. Juicing vs. blending offers quite a few different pros and cons (though both are still great for you). Maybe Erwan can help shed some light on that :)

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    1. Ghie November 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Hi Jessi!
      Are you using Vitamix? Do you have other blender that you recommend? Thanks!

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    1. ferina albano December 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Hi! I was wondering, where could I get Greek Yogurt and Chia Seeds? I’m in Ilocos Norte and we don’t have a wide variety of groceries here except for the generic finds. Are there other alternatives that are available locally? Thank you so much!

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