Changing routines and habits can be hard, especially when it comes to food. We all have tastes and textures we prefer, but sometimes our bodies need something different to feel and perform their best. That's why about 7 years ago I began experimenting with different "green drink" recipes.

At first it wasn't easy. I didn't like how it tasted and thought I had to stick to just the recipe to keep feeling the health benefits. Basically I dreaded it and my husband thought I was nuts, torturing us to consume these concoctions daily. Then, a friend told me about the Conscious Cleanse. Now, I'm not a fan of cleanses, but I gave this site a gander and was pleasantly surprised. It's choc full of really delicious, healthy recipes and tons of options for "green drink" smoothies!

Over the years I've mixed and matched ingredients from the guide below. I'm happy to report Brian & I eagerly gulp these down everyday now! We even crave them if we're away from home too long. Quite the accomplishment considering Brian would not eat fruits or veggies when I first met him.

Keeping things simple and easy we keep this taped inside our kitchen cabinet right next to the blender.

Keeping things simple and easy we keep this taped inside our kitchen cabinet right next to the blender.

I like to make my green drinks so I can take them on the go. I usually make a batch for 4 servings and put them in the fridge. My husband & I each have one everyday, so this lasts us 2 days. They're perfect to have as a mini meal, mid-day snack, along with lunch, or something to hold you over right before dinner so you don't eat everything in site as soon as you get home.

Lately this has been our go-to combination:

Pictured: Green chard, flax seed meal, coconut water, chopped mango & pineapple, I don't measure anymore. Basically I just fill the blender with fruit & coconut water first, then flax seed, followed by as much greens as I can fit in. Next I cover it all with more regular water. Our finished drink is more like a juice than a smoothie. Chia seeds go into each individual serving last.

Pictured: Green chard, flax seed meal, coconut water, chopped mango & pineapple, I don't measure anymore. Basically I just fill the blender with fruit & coconut water first, then flax seed, followed by as much greens as I can fit in. Next I cover it all with more regular water. Our finished drink is more like a juice than a smoothie. Chia seeds go into each individual serving last.

Pro tip: If you like the idea of making your drinks ahead of time and you're adding chia seed, which is outstanding for you by the way, DO NOT BLEND IT. Blend everything else together first. Then, put your chia seeds in each container. Give each one a good shake and place in the fridge. I learned the hard way blending the chia seed thickens things A LOT in a short amount of time. Try it if you like that sort of thing, but just know letting it sit in the fridge overnight it will thicken up so much the texture will be more like pudding than a drink.

So, whaddya think? Will you give green drinks a try? If so, let me know! I'd love to hear how it goes and if you have any other everyday, go-to healthy recipes too! Please share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

Cheers to eating healthy, feeling healthy & drinking green!

Until next time. . .

Here's to enjoying your life & ALL GOOD THINGS my friends!

XOXO,

Mary

P.S. Click here if you'd like more good-for-you, tasty recipes from the Conscious Cleanse.

P.P.S. We use a VItaMix blender. It is absolutely amazing and has lasted for years. Well worth the $$$.

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