Green Detox Smoothie

January 12, 2015

Green Detox Smoothie


I’m alive, I’m alive!
I know you guys were super worried — OK, maybe not “super worried”, let’s go with concerned? Puzzled? Curious? You have to give me curious at least.
Anyways, I’m here in one piece, still alive, typing on the keyboard, with my cup of green tea.
Life seems to be going back to normal, finally.
So what happened?
Well, nothing that exciting.
In a nutshell, when I got back from the holidays on January 4th I got the flu. Just like that.
I’m not complaining, it’s flu season, people get the flu.
However, I didn’t get the flu, I got the super flu, the terminator of flu.

Green Detox Smoothie | Ingredients
It went down like this.
First day “Uh oh. Why do I have a runny nose? And what about this scratchy throat? And that cough? Maybe it’s just a cold
Second day “This is definitely not a cold. I feel like I’ve been hit by three trucks in a row. I’m dying. I want my mom!
Third day to fifth day — pinned to bed “If this sore throat, cough, and fever last any longer I’m going to hang myself!
Sixth day, the doctor prescribes a course of antibiotics “Goodbye cruel world!
Seventh day “Wait a minute. What’s this? It can’t be. I’m doing it. I’m overcoming the flu, the worst disease ever known in human mankind. I’m aliveeee!
I know I’m exaggerating, but there’s this feeling of accomplishment when you survive the flu.
Am I wrong?

Green Detox Smoothie
Today, (i.e., on the eighth day of the flu) I can say that: "It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me. And I’m feeling fine!
It’s also a new year, and with every new year comes a new chance to throw away the empty wine bottles and embrace a brand-new set of New Year’s resolutions.
This involves signing up for a new gym membership (or dusting off an old one), resolving not to drink so much, and stop eating “all that food that's bad for me”.
One of the things I recommend doing when trying to be healthy is to start your day off with a nutritious meal.
If you’re looking to change up your morning routine and make it just a bit more healthy, a green detox smoothie might give you the boost you're looking for.
Quick to make, healthy, tastes better than a milkshake and, best of all, portable.
Perfect for a green smoothie beginner or for anyone looking to add some more green into their diet.
It contains all the vitamins and minerals to get your day started in the most healthy way.
I just had it, and I’m already feeling better, so get your blender out: it’s time to get healthy!

Green Detox Smoothie

Green Detox Smoothie                                                                                              Print this recipe!

Ingredients
Serves 2

1 cup frozen blueberries (or any other berries)
1 cup organic spinach or kale
1 banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup fruit juice (I used pomegranate and freshly squeezed orange)

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, making sure that the spinach sits at the bottom (this will facilitate the blending process). Blend until smooth and creamy.
If it’s too thick, add some water (two tablespoons should be plenty).
Serve immediately!

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 198 calories, 3 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of protein.

37 comments:

  1. Such a bummer being sick, and here I thought your absence meant you were on some kind of epic holiday! Love this great start to the new year, I never get enough of green smoothies, and this one looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was so sick I was almost hallucinating, so in a way I was on some sort of epic trip. If you know what I mean...
      ;)

      Delete
  2. Duuude - welcome back!!! Glad you weren't kidnapped by Martians or something - though, they might have been kinder than them NAHSTY flu germs!
    Awesmazing smoothie - I've always used almond milk and a chunck of pineapple - think I need to try your suggestion of POM and OJ instead. Happy New Year Mike!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish I'd been kidnapped by Martians...can you imagine how cool that would have been? ;)
      Happy New Year to you as well my friend!

      Delete
  3. Glad you're starting to feel better...at least 2015 can only go up from here? The smoothie sounds delicious, and I love that it doesn't have 5,251 different hard-to-find ingredients...saving to try ASAP!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Glad you are feeling better Mike! My poor hands are so raw from washing them. Teach littles, have raw hands, goes with the territory!! The smoothie looks delicious. I am trying to get more greens in.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do you use hand-sanitizer too? I hate that thing. It leaves hands sort of sticky and smelly. I'd rather catch a nasty virus! ;)

      Delete
  5. Funny, I'm on a 3 Day Cleanse to detox myself, sipping on MY green tea, too! I was wondering where my fellow Wolfpacker was these days.
    I have been using a lot of spinach more and more in shakes and smoothies not only because its so good for you, but I really can't taste it and the color is incredible. Glad you're doing better from that terminator of Flus.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're on a 3-day cleanse? Good for you!
      I've never made it past the 2nd day. So I'm curious to hear all about your experience!

      Delete
  6. I had to admit, I'm still on my Holiday menu - cookies, cake and stuff, but this smoothie sounds perfect...
    Hope your runny nose will run no more ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jasmin, I'm so sick of this stupid runny nose. I don't tolerate it anymore!

      Delete
  7. Glad to see you back, I was hoping you were gone on a nice trip having fun, so sorry it was not the case....

    I hope you will be 1000% better each day, if that was mathematically feasible!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know if it's mathematically feasible, but it was sure nice of you to say my friend. Happy New Year to you as well Sally!

      Delete
  8. Frozen banana - the most sacred of all frozen fruits! Love!
    I like to juice some other green veggies for mine when I'm feeling a flu attack on the horizon, check it out: http://bit.ly/meangreensmoothie

    Nicola @ Running on Clean

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Loving your mean green smoothie Nicola, thanks for sharing that!

      Delete
  9. omg... your smoothie is amazing! i love it!

    PS. I'm organizing a chocolate contest on my bilingual blog. Maybe you'd like to join us? :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Marcela, I'll have to check that contest out!

      Delete
  10. Glad you're feeling better. Now we both know why I get a flu shot faithfully every year. Yes, I realize that flu bugs can mutate and the shot doesn't always cover what ends up going around, but I think the flu shot is worth it (especially since I have asthma).

    That said, how did you manage to put blueberries in this smoothie and have it come out that nice light white/green color? This smoothie sounds wonderful - but I would definitely add some protein powder to it. I can't survive on so little protein (I'd be eating the entire refrigerator within an hour or less…)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. To be honest, I totally forgot about the flu shot this year. Next year I'll be more careful, that's for sure.

      About the color of the smoothie, I honestly don't know. It might be the banana. I dunno, I dunno. It came out pretty, just like that. ;)

      Delete
  11. I am so glad you're feeling better, the flu sucks big-time. As soon as I get back to Germany I'm going to go on a clean and healthy diet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Where are you now? I'm curious to know...

      Delete
  12. I had that nasty cough virus too, it was awful! Glad you're better! Great looking smoothie recipe, might give that a whirl in the morning! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I was about to get a search party out there looking for you. Well, I was going to do it myself as a way to go back to New York!

    Glad you're up and at it, my friend- detox smoothie or not ;)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Mike, I am so sorry, this flu is life sucking, I had it for 3 weeks, now my poor husband, glad ton see your back!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 3 weeks? That's awful.
      I hope to get over it by the end of this week; I am running out of patience...

      Delete
  15. Maaaan. I thought you'd been kidnapped by aliens! and then to be told it was just the flu!?... Disappointing... ;)
    Nah, good you're back and getting better! Now, what is this green smoothie craze that is booming all of a sudden..? Now I have to try it and see what it's all about, if my giant blender doesn't fall on me on the way to the kitchen and mashes me into a new, pretty carpet...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Be careful with that blender of yours, sound almost like an alien machine... ;)

      Delete
  16. You're alive!! I was getting a bit worried that maybe the holidays had gotten the better of you this year, Mike. Forget 12 days of Christmas...sounds like you had the 12 days of flu. No bene. But what is bene is this detox smoothie. Looks delicious! #Wolfpack1Flu0 #WolfpackEats

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dude, this flu is the worst (and I'm not afraid to whine about it!)
      But this detox smoothie is legit and you should totally give it a go presto!

      Delete
  17. this looks and sounds amazing! prob tastes that way too! must try asap. thanks for the awesome recipe. xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Yay you're alive! And singing Michael Buble?! God job. I totally want this detox smoothie for a late night snack right now.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wooo, welcome back!! Glad to hear you're feeling better. This smoothie looks so good. I love putting chia seeds in my smoothies.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Ugh sorry dude... sorry to hear you came down with the flu. That's the worst. I'm sure you still managed to do your triathlon training though, even stuck in bed... because that's how Alpha rolls.

    ReplyDelete