This is a VERY large smoothie and it might not be for everyone. It’s loaded with nutrition and has enough calories to keep you going between meals, especially if you have to go several hours in between meals. It provides an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, Omega-3s, protein and antioxidants.
You can use Romaine lettuce or even fresh baby spinach instead of green leaf lettuce. Kale is a good replacement for dandelion greens if they are not available. I sometimes make this smoothie with one cup of fresh or frozen blueberries instead of strawberries.
If you are going to add a protein powder, I would recommend Epic Protein from Sprout Living because it is a raw, all natural, vegan protein powder. It is very light and doesn’t leave a chalky flavor.
Makes about 32 ounces or so.
Super Green Meal Replacement Smoothie Recipe
- 3 bananas, peeled
- 1 large mango, peeled and pitted
- 8 large strawberries
- 3 cups of chopped dandelion greens
- 1 head of green leaf lettuce
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 scoop of raw protein powder (optional)
- 8 of ounces filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Protein: 17g (without protein powder)
Calcium: 53% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 122% RDA
Vitamin A: 1508% RDA
Vitamin C: 328% RDA
Omega-3: 181% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of B vitamins (except B12), as well as vitamin K. It’s also rich in minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
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Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Health & Weight Loss Program and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.
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