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Author Notes: This is a drink for those days that seem to go on forever. Y’know those days where you have six hours of class and three hours of studying and 80 pages of reading? Or when you show up to work and there's a meeting in ten minutes and you realize your carefully planned notes are on your kitchen table so now you have to wing it? Or maybe you just feel like crap? This is a drink for those days. Everything in here is packed full of serious nutrients that keep your body alert and satisfied. Down one of these at at any time of day, and whether you’re a runner or a Netflix-watcher or a math major, I guarentee it will make your brain feel good.
http://spicesandspatulas.com/2014/12/04/v-gf-green-smoothie/ —Rebecca Firkser
Makes 1 smoothie
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk you like)
- 1/4 cup pineapple coconut water
- 1/2 medium frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach or 3 spinach ice cubes (see second part of recipe)
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons desired sweetener (agave syrup, maple syrup, honey, etc) or 2 dates (optional)
Spinach Ice Cubes
- 1 large container of fresh spinach
- If using a normal blender, treat it gently by first blending milk, coconut water, and banana until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and liquify. If you have a Vitamix or Magic Bullet (lucky you) just throw everything in all at once!
- How to make spinach ice cubes: wash a large container of fresh spinach, roughly chop, then place in a blender and liquify. Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze completely. Store in a freezer bag pretty much indefinitely.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Vegan Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Restorative Recipes