A green smoothie can be intimidating: They look like they’ll taste, well, bad. Thing is, veggie-heavy shakes don’t have to taste like you’re sucking on a stalk of broccoli. They’re also great for you.
The more bitter the greens are, the more phytochemicals they have—which means they’re especially nutrient-dense. Though that doesn’t help in the flavor department, which is why LeVeque opts for powdered greens, like NOW Foods’ Green Phytofoods Powder.
Another gem: organic broccoli sprouts.
“They have high levels of nutrients and enzymes that help the body’s ability to detoxify and decrease inflammation,” she adds. “Besides, I personally find when I add leafy greens or lemon juice—something fresh—that I tend to feel cravings go down, as well.”
This spa smoothie—from LeVeque’s new book Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever—is a great example of a fresh, well-balanced recipe.
Nutritional information (per serving):
- 17g fat
- 22g carbs
- 13g fiber
- 30g protein
Makes 1 (16oz) servings
- 1 serving organic vanilla plant protein
- ¼ avocado
- 1-2 tsp. organic white chia seeds
- 1 small cucumber
- Handful of spinach
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Squeeze juice of Lemon
- Mint leaves
How to make it