This is my go-to post-workout green smoothie. The dates are a great source of quickly absorbed glucose for restoring muscle glycogen stores AND they are a fabulous source of minerals lost through perspiration. Green Smoothies are a terrific way to start your day or as a quick and easy lunch. They provide a powerhouse of nutrition and clean energy with no overt fats. Include at least one per day to boost your health and promote weight loss. PS – they taste great too 🙂
3-4 ripe bananas, depending on size
2 handfuls dark leafy greens
6 pitted dates
Water and ice
Fill blender with water and ice first. I usually start with 2 cups; adjust according to desired thickness.
Add bananas, then leafy greens. Pack them down to make room for the dates.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Notes: Be sure the bananas are ripe – they should have little brown freckles. You can freeze your bananas once they are ripe. If you use frozen bananas and/or frozen fruit, omit the ice and add more water as needed. Frozen fruit is a great time saver. For the dark leafy greens, try baby spinach, kale, or a mixture. I use a Power Greens mix that contains spinach, kale and chard. Always choose organic for the greens.