Vanilla Banana Raspberry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 1/2-2 C spinach, packed

1-2 frozen bananas

1/2-2 C frozen raspberries

2 Medjool dates

2-4 Tbsp. hemp protein

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 C unsweetened vanilla flax milk

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients except the chia seeds to the blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass when finished and top with chia seeds.  Enjoy!

Stone Fruit Banana Split Green Smoothie

You can make this smoothie layered or blend it all together, it tastes delicious either way.  Now that warmer weather is here, stone fruits are a delicious fruit to add to your green smoothies to make them sweet, tart, and tasty treats.  Did you also know that stone fruits (orfruits with “stones”/pits in them rather than multiple seeds, such as cherries, plums, mangoes, etc.) are known as drupes?  Ya’ learn something new every day!

Ingredients:

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale

1/2 an avocado

2 Medjool dates (Make sure to pit them!  The first time I made a smoothie with them, I was so excited to try it that I completely forget that I bought them with the stone still in them, put them straight into the blender, and tiny pieces of the stone were chopped up in my smoothie :P)

1 plum (cut in half, for a layered smoothie)

2 frozen bananas

4 Tbsp. hemp protein powder

1 C cherries (freeze them the night before for a thicker smoothie)

1 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk (or the plant-based milk of your choice; but make sure that it is unsweetened, as the extra sugar is unnecessary with the use of fruit in the smoothie)

1 C of water for blending

Directions:

For a layered smoothie, blend the spinach, kale, avocado, hemp protein powder, one date, one frozen banana, half the plum, and water until smooth.  Empty contents into glass.  Rinse out blender.  For the second layer, blend the cherries, another date and frozen banana, the other half of the plum, and the coconut milk until smooth.  Top off glass and enjoy!

If you’re short on time, blend all of the ingredients together (adding all of the coconut milk, and the water just as needed to blend).

Peppermint Plum Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

Handful of kale

Handful of spinach

1 tsp. culinary grade matcha green tea powder (which gives nice, calm energy, and is packed with more antioxidants than normal green tea)

4 Tbsp. Hemp protein powder (I use Just Hemp Foods, which I purchase on Amazon for less than $11/container, and the containers last me about a week and half-two weeks, making it one of the most affordable plant-based protein powders available)

1 frozen banana

1 plum

2 pitted Medjool dates

Fresh peppermint

3-4 ice cubes

1 C cold water

Directions:

Add the kale and spinach to your blender, then add the matcha powder and hemp protein followed by the fruit, ice, and water.  Blend until smooth and enjoy!