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Easy Green Smoothies

Rev up for the New Year with energizing smoothies.


By Lindsey Johnson

Chasing the kids around the playground zapped the energy of Walnut Creek’s Jadah Sellner and her friend Jen Hansard of Brooksville, Florida. So they turned to their blenders.

Now, with more than 375,000 followers on Instagram, the green chefs are experts at blending fruits and veggies into smoothies, which are tasty enough to tempt even a fussy child.

In their new book, Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body, Sellner and Hansard explain how to prepare for a workout, refresh, or just veg up. Sellner’s daily go-to? The Beginner’s Luck, “which is like a tropical party in your mouth,” she says.

To get the right balance, try the Rawkstar formula—60 percent fruit and 40 percent leafy greens, blended with water (or almond milk). Blend your greens in the liquid first to avoid chunks.

After a workout, try the Green Hulk—protein from the almond butter will rev you back up. Need a tempting but healthy dessert? Sellner whips up a Skinny Mint, her silky take on Girl Scout Thin Mints. Enjoy one while your kid gulps (and becomes) a Happy Monkey. What mom wouldn’t go for that?

For more recipes, scroll down.


The Green Hulk

Serves 2

2 cups Swiss chard, stems removed
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 bananas
1 cup sliced peaches (frozen)
2 tablespoons
almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Blend the Swiss chard and almond milk until smooth.
2. Add the bananas, peaches, almond butter, and vanilla, and blend again.


Skinny Mint

(Serves two)

1 1⁄2 cups spinach
1⁄2 cup mint leaves
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 bananas *
1⁄4 cup chopped avocado *
4 Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons cacao powder
Cacao nibs, for garnish (optional)

1. Blend the spinach, mint, and almond milk until smooth.
2. Add the bananas, avocado, dates, and cacao powder and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with cacao nibs, if using.


Kalifornia Sunshine

(Serves two)

2 cups kale, stems removed
1 cup water
2 oranges, peeled
1 cup chopped pineapple *
1 cup chopped mango *
2 tablespoons chia seeds

1. Blend the kale, water, and oranges until smooth.
2. Add the pineapple, mango, and chia seeds and blend again.

* Use at least one frozen fruit to make a cold green smoothie.

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