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Green Dream, The Plant Paradox Smoothie

Everyone starts The Plant Paradox program with the famous green smoothie, but I didn’t. I started it with baking orange-cranberry muffins. That says something about me, right? Joke aside, the reason I didn’t make a smoothie for two weeks was because I had no blender. I ordered a blender, waited for it to come, and started experimenting with the original green smoothie from the book, until I reached a mix I am satisfied with. The reason I call it Green Dream is because when I shared the smoothie for the first time on my Instagram, someone commented that it looks like a green dream, and I asked that person permission to use this as the official name. He agreed.

Nutritious, clean, tasty, refreshing

It’s hard to find a lectin free, sugar free smoothie ready made, usually green smoothies contain at least one fruit and/or cucumber. But this is so easy to make and it tastes so good, not to mention is much cheaper and environmentally friendly. It’s made of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, mint, ginger, coconut butter, hemp hearts, avocado and lemon juice. This can successfully replace one meal a day and will give you a copious amount of greens, healthy fats and a little bit of plant protein. I know for sure everyone who is following the Plant Paradox program has added their own contribution to this lectin free staple, so feel free to tweak to suit your palate and dietary needs. I don’t make the Green Dream every day, but my body asks for it when it’s time for a reset. I usually break my fast with it, late mornings, but to tell you a secret, you will feel excellent if you have it for dinner (very helpful when you want to shed a few pounds). I make a full blender each time, which makes three portions (more or less depending how big your appetite for smoothies is).

Green Dream, The Plant Paradox Smoothie

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 3
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
  • 3 cups of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 piece of raw ginger, the size of a thumb
  • 1 small bunch of fresh mint (stems and leaves)
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter
  • 3 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions

1

Wash, chop and measure the ingredients (rough chopped lettuce takes more space than spinach, so I fill the blender with lettuce first up to the 6 cup mark, then stuff as much spinach as I can, and leave a little space for the avocado and the rest of the ingredients).

2

Stuff your blender with all the ingredients, adding water on top (I have a 9 cup Ninja blender and I fill it all the way up) and blend on high until smooth.

3

Taste and check thickness, add more water if necessary.

4

Store in an air tight glass container, in the fridge, for up to three days. I like to refrigerate at least one hour before drinking. Alternatively, if you are in a rush, replace some of the water with ice.

Notes

Lectin free, suitable for Plant Paradox Phase 2 and 3, for the Phase 1 cleanse coconut butter and hemp hearts should be avoided. Sugar free. Gluten free. Vegan.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Cathy
    October 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Claudia, is there an alternative to coconut butter? Coconut never sits well with me.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      October 25, 2018 at 6:47 am

      Hmmm, not sure. I add it for taste and a little fat intake, you can add another type of fat or just skip it. Just have the green smoothie without the butter and up your fat intake in other meals (like evoo).

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    January 3, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Is coconut butter just like coconut oil?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      January 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      No it’s not. Coconut butter is also sold under the name ‘coconut manna’ – it contains both the oil and the pulp and you usually have to warm it up and mix it before you use it, because the oils separate. I think I have a link to the one I use in my shopping page.

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    February 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I have an avocado allergy (so sad, I know!)… what can I replace avocado with? MCT oil?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      February 2, 2019 at 11:21 am

      It’s not going to get you the same texture, but sure, from a nutritional pov, you can replace the fat in avocado with MCT oil.

    • Reply
      Rob
      February 25, 2019 at 10:43 pm

      Cathy have you tried microwaving the avacado for 5 sec? It supposed to kill the allergen with a try?

  • Reply
    Donna
    March 16, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I have a lettuce allergy. What should I substitute for the romaine?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      March 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Donna, you can use any green leaves: spinach, collard greens, swiss chard, kale. Of course, is not going to taste or look exactlly the same but it will work. In fact I have a new green smoothie recipe on the website that is made only with collard greens and avocado.

  • Reply
    Dee
    April 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Do you ever put Dr. Gundry supplements in your smoothie?
    I have added Vital Reds and prebiotic thrive to mine. Does that Dilute
    The effectiveness of them?

    • Reply
      Claudia
      April 17, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Sometimes I do, I don’t see any issues with that.

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