A few months ago, I saw Sarah of Whoorl post a recipe for her "Whoorlie" green smoothie. I've been a green smoothie fan for over a year, but I had my own little made-up recipe that I liked to use, so I didn't really think twice about her recipe.
Then when I got pregnant, and was suddenly having horrible and relentless breakouts, I was frantically searching for anything that would naturally help a pregnant girl out. Then, Sarah tweeted about her Babble article on healthy skin, which mentioned the Whoorlie Smoothie, and I was sold.
After trying it a few times, I made a few adjustments, because sorry...I cannot drink something for breakfast that tastes (and looks) like pond scum. The romaine lettuce just made it too "green" tasting, and gave it a mealy texture. Even for beautiful glowing skin, I could not stomach it -- Sarah is a stronger woman than I am.
A few minor alterations, and now it's delicious, doesn't taste too green, has a good texture, and is still chock full of healthy nutrients.
The Green Smoothie (adapted from Whoorl)
1/2 an apple (I use pink lady or gala)
1/2 an orange
1 banana (slightly ripe is better)
medium handful of frozen mango (or half a fresh mango)
small handful of another frozen fruit (optional) (I have done grapes, and strawberries -- both are delicious)
large handful of spinach
1/2 tablespoon chia seed
medium handful of ice
Directions: Put all the ingredients in the blender (in this order), and blend until very smooth. Add water until your desired consistency is reached (I usually do about 1/2 a cup). Serve immediately. Refrigerate extra for up to two days. (makes roughly 3 cups)
For the last few weeks, I have had this (and my wheat toast with raspberry jam) every morning for breakfast, and LOVE it. It makes enough for two full glasses, so I have one for breakfast and one with my lunch.
Also, Peanut loves it too. With his anti-food stage that he's been going through the past few weeks, I'm thrilled for him to get lots of good fruits and veggies in his system every day.
Oh, and because I'm sure you're all wondering, I have seen an improvement in my skin. I'm still battling occasional breakouts with my raging pregnancy hormones, but the difference between now and five weeks ago is huge.
It also probably helps that I'm following some of Sarah's other advice and exercising consistently, taking a Biotin supplement (which is also making my nails stronger and my hair grow faster!), and drinking tons of water. But still...make the smoothie. You'll thank me.