I've always been pretty good about not drinking soda, not drinking sugar filled juices, packaged ice teas, any of those sports drinks. I had a brief affair with Kombucha but didn't notice any major health benefits that really offset what was essentially like drinking moldy flavored soda water. But the one thing I absolutely cannot resist when it comes to drinks outside of water (alright... and coffee) is Naked's Green Machine. I don't know why but it's just delicious. But it's also pricey and juice of any kind just means more sugar. So why not make my own.
Green Goddess Smoothie
(everyone calls it Green Monster, I prefer goddess after the very tasty dressing)
1 banana, try it frozen to eliminate the need for ice cubes
1 c. milk- regular, soy, almond, etc
2 handfuls of spinach
1 Tbl peanut butter- or almond butter (try to use all natural to cut down on additives)
1/3 c. uncooked broccoli
2 dates- or figs, apricots, prunes, etc
Optional: Honey, agave, splenda, sweetner if necessary. My suggestion is to taste after the first ingredients are mixed and see.
1. Add everything in the blender (or food processor) and blend until well mixed and creamy. If it needs more liquid just add more milk.