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9 easy steps to the best clean eating smoothie

Updated on March 30, 2013

I used to be anti-smoothies - especially those that had kale and spinach mixed with fruit. The combination sounded appalling. And if I told you 3 months later that I actually craved this smoothie and could tell a health difference in just a week of starting this routine, would you believe me?

This smoothie combines unique benefits of fiber and roughage from the kale, spinach, and almonds that assists with keeping "regular" and cleaning out the body of toxins, while the fruit adds potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. The avocado is a great source of "good fat" that keeps you moving.

The main benefit to me of this smoothie is that I drink this in the morning on my way to work, and it keeps me alert and energized until at least lunch time. I used to be such a snacker - around 9:30 or 10:00am I would be hungry again, and sure enough, I'd head to the snack closet. But not anymore - with this smoothie (thanks to the fiber and veggies), you'll stay fuller and feel better longer. And the nutrition benefits are incredible. You'll see and feel the difference immediately.

And the taste? I saved the best for last. Really, you are probably skeptical like I was - how can you mix all those fruits and veggies together and get something taste? I promise, the fruit covers up the veggie taste, and leaves you with a mild taste that's perfect in the morning.

Step-by-step photo instructions

Step 1: Use a Nutribullet or smoothie maker
Step 1: Use a Nutribullet or smoothie maker
Step 2: Gather a small handful of spinach
Step 2: Gather a small handful of spinach
Step 3: 3 leaves of kale, or a small handful
Step 3: 3 leaves of kale, or a small handful
Step 4: This is a frozen banana, but either fresh or frozen will do
Step 4: This is a frozen banana, but either fresh or frozen will do
Step 5: Handful of dried gogi berries and raw almonds
Step 5: Handful of dried gogi berries and raw almonds
Step 6: Half of an avacado, either fresh or frozen
Step 6: Half of an avacado, either fresh or frozen
Step 7: Load the Nutribullet to the Max line and add your water
Step 7: Load the Nutribullet to the Max line and add your water
Step 8: Attach the Nutribullet to the power source and blend for at least 60 seconds
Step 8: Attach the Nutribullet to the power source and blend for at least 60 seconds
Step 9: You're done! Make sure the end result is a smooth, green substance. Look interesting - tastes delicious! Is even better for you.
Step 9: You're done! Make sure the end result is a smooth, green substance. Look interesting - tastes delicious! Is even better for you.

Preparation Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 14 oz. serving for 1 person

Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup compact kale, full kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup compact spinach, full spinach leaves
  • 3-4 whole strawberries, fresh preferred, frozen is okay
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 3-4 tablespoons avacado, fresh or frozen
  • 8-10 almonds, raw and unsalted
  • small handful gogi berries, raw
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup water, add more water for smoother consistency
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 14 oz.
Calories 328
Calories from Fat144
% Daily Value *
Fat 16 g25%
Carbohydrates 48 g16%
Sugar 20 g
Protein 8 g16%
Sodium 71 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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