Spa Smoothie

spa smoothie
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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.

Spinach and kale are easy to add for fresh choices,” says Kelly LeVeque holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and celebrity health coach.

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 Foreveris a great example of a fresh, well-balanced recipe.

Nutritional information (per serving):

  • 17g fat
  • 22g carbs
  • 13g fiber
  • 30g protein

Prep time

5 min.

  • 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
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until fully incorporated.