I think we can agree fruits and vegetables are good for you. But do you struggle to get all of your greens in for the day?
Maybe you are ready to mix up your morning routine. Want to feel like Superwoman (or man…) from all the greens you consume before your 9am start at work? Raise your hand if you want brighter skin, happy bowels and a slimmer waist?! Give green smoothies a go- they are super healthy, easy to make, and they just might turn you into a morning person.
This smoothie recipe uses fresh fruits and dark, leafy greens. Green smoothies are defined by their use of leafy greens like spinach, kale (most nutrition value per calorie out of any plant!), chard, collards, and even dandelion greens (so good for detoxing) to get tons of vitamins and minerals and give your body the plant-based nutrients it craves.
5 REASONS TO LOVE GREEN SMOOTHIES
- Easy way to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet every single day. If you struggle with salads and eating green, you might find this doable.
- Natural weight loss can be an additional side effect of enjoying these in place of a typical breakfast. Be sure to include healthy fats and protein to make it a more complete and balanced meal.
- The immune-boosting benefits of green smoothies are a good preventative measure to keep the flu bugs away. And a simple way to boost your immune system when you are feeling under the weather.
- Green smoothies provide natural energy. I have cut back on my caffeine intake as a result because I feel a pep in my step and they help to keep the morning slump at bay.
- Quick, easy to make, and portable (if it even lasts long enough to make it out the door) and delicious! It is the best ‘fast food’ for the morning especially if you prep ahead.
This book peaked my interest in a morning smoothie ritual. Eat. Nourish. Glow by Amelia Freer- the Queen of all things delicious and healthy. Check out her entire archive of juice and smoothie recipes and how we can use food as medicine. Full of practical advice, I find myself empowered to make healthy decisions about the food I buy and kick unhealthy habits that can make me feel sluggish and exhausted. Amelia makes it easy.
This green coconut smoothie recipe is full of fresh greens and fruit; avocado +coconut that provide healthy fats; banana that creates a creamy, sweet base; coconut milk adds creaminess and complements the flavours from fresh produce.
- 8oz/230ml coconut milk (or dairy-free alternative)
- 8oz water
- 1 kiwi fruit or granny smith apple
- ½ banana (preferably ripe and frozen pieces)
- 3 handfuls of kale or spinach
- 2 celery sticks
- ½ cucumber
- ½ avocado
- juice of 1 lemon
- ground ginger
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- Start with dairy-free milk and water, pour into blender.
- Add leafy greens, blend until smooth and leafy chunks are gone.
- Add remaining, diced fruit + veg, blend again until smooth.
- Pour into a large glass (or a mason jar, you hipster, you).
- Gulp, sip or pour into a bowl and add some delicious toppings (see below).
- If your smoothie is too thick, add some extra liquid (water or dairy alternative) and blend for a few seconds to thin.
- If your blender is struggling to make things smooth, try blending your greens and liquid together first, then add the fruit and blend a second time.
- Enjoy getting creative with some nutritious toppings: a quality protein powder, dried coconut, fresh berries, cacao powder, cinnamon, maca powder, nuts, seeds or a spoonful of nut butter.
Use this helpful guide from simplegreensmoothies.com to get your creative juices flowing and try your own variation
What are you favourite smoothie recipes? Looking for some additional smoothie or juicing inspiration? Here are my all time favourites:
- Green Kitchen Stories – an entire cookbook dedicated to smoothies. Yes, dreams do come true and the photography (if you’re into it) is top notch.
- Minimalist Baker – lots of delicious smoothie bowl recipes. For those of us that prefer to shovel it in with a spoon and can’t be bothered with a straw.
- Deliciously Ella – known for her nutritious and healing recipes, Ella has loads of quick smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes available for free on her website.