Recipe Goddess: Green Smoothie

I have a confession: I’m obsessed with green smoothies. While it’s obvious by their color that they’re good for you (I mean, really super amazing for you), the fact that it does taste good may not be so obvious. That’s where my (below) recipe comes in. But first…

The Benefits of Green Smoothies

  • They’re a complete food (unlike green juices) because they have fiber
  • The fact that they have fiber also makes them filling
  • They are easy to digest (which is why I drink mine in the morning)
  • They’re quick and easy to make as long as you have all of the ingredients
  • Green smoothies last 2-3 days if they’re refrigerated
  • They incorporate both greens and fruits
  • Antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients galore
  • They increase energy, mental clarity and focus
  • Clearer skin!
  • They make you crave healthy foods

Recipe:

  • (1) handful of spinach
  • (1) handful of kale
  • (1) tbsp. coconut oil (healthy fat)
  • (1) banana (you can also use green apples, berries, etc.)
  • (2) tablets of bee pollen
  • (1) tbsp. of agave nectar (for sweetness)
  • water (you can use coconut water or green tea)
  • (1) Ninja blender (any blender will work)

Just combine these ingredients, blend and voila! I promise, it will not taste like a blended salad: that’s what the fruit and agave nectar are there for.

You can also alter the smoothie as you wish with ingredients such as cucumber, kiwi, pineapple, berries, or lemon juice.

Still not convinced? You can still get a dose of greens in a dominantly fruit smoothie. Just toss in a little kale and/or spinach into your average fruit/yogurt smoothie and you won’t taste a thing.

Have you ever had a green smoothie? If so, did you love it or hate it? Let us know in a comment!

(P.S. – I’m drinking this smoothie right now!)

Hair Care Essentials

We already talked about my cosmetic bag essentials, and now, it’s time for my hair care ones:

  1. TIGI After Party ($14.80) – I’m normally the girl who asks for no product to be put into my hair after a haircut… until my stylist introduced me to this. Rub a dime-sized amount of After Party into hair to tame fly-aways and silk-ify your locks instantly.
  2. Moroccan Oil ($40.49) – As I said here, splurge on this and be amazed.
  3. Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Moisturizing Treatment ($5.97) – Use this ultra-light treatment 1-2 times a week to repair and nourish hair.
  4. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($20.15) – If you don’t want to splurge on Moroccan Oil, Paul Mitchell’s serum will definitely do the trick. While Moroccan Oil is less, well, oily, a spec of this will leave hair shiny and silky.
  5. L’Oreal EverSleek Shampoo ($6.99) and Conditioner ($6.99) – This sulfate-free shampoo is the best shampoo I’ve tried – especially for its price. It smells delicious and makes hair so touchable, you won’t be able to keep your own hands off of it.
  6. Spornette Prix Round Boar Bristle Brush ($24) – I received this while I worked at Allure last summer and it’s the only reason that I converted from flat ironing my hair every day to blow drying it instead. It’s the perfect size to get the perfect amount of body without going overboard.

What are your hair care essentials? Have you tried any of these products? Let us know in a comment!