Medjool DateHow many times per week are you drinking a green smoothie?

Once, a few times, or NEVER.

If you’ve never tried a green smoothie you might be thinking – gross. Or maybe you just feel off the green smoothie wagon.

Starting the day with a vitamin packed smoothie is life-changing. It remains the number one favorite habit of my Happy Body students.

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To rekindle, solidify or initiate your love affair with green smoothies this week’s Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie recipe made with Medjool dates.

Medjool dates grow on trees that look like a palm tree in a desert-like climate, so pesticides are not needed. They are a fresh fruit (I always thought they were dried!), found in the produce section and contain 20% water so that’s why they can dry out.

They are sweet, are low/medium glycemic, contain fiber, 50% more potassium by weight than a banana, magnesium, B6, calcium, and iron.

My midwife recommended I eat six Medjool dates per day starting at week 36. According to this study the magic six is said to cut labor time and the changes of having to be induced.

Now that’s something I can wrap my head around.

But just because you know something is highly recommended for your health, ease, and well-being, making it a habit isn’t always easy. You might just have to get creative. Right?

My pregnant tummy is rather picky these days, so I had to get creative and that’s where the Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie was born.

Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie – Serves 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 c spinach
  • 1 tablespoon cashew or almond butter
  • 2-3 Medjool dates*
  • Few sprinkles of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Layer ingredients – almond milk, spinach, almond butter, dates, cinnamon and vanilla – and blend until smooth. Add ice if you want it chilled.

*If your dates are dry you can soak them in water for 10 minutes. A high power blender works best.