If you have never tried a green smoothie, I strongly encourage you to. If you normally would never consider drinking anything that is green, a green smoothie will change your perceptions about ingesting a green drink. I promise you, these can be life changing.
Have them for breakfast and you will experience steady energy and focus all morning or use them for a burst of energy when you hit that afternoon slump. You will be pleasantly surprised at how delicious they are. There are so many options and variations that can give these an extra boost or a different flavor. Feel free to play around with them.
Life Changing Green Smoothie
Adapted from Angela Liddon at OhSheGlows
- giant handful of baby spinach
- 1 cup almond milk (or any nut milk of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 ripe, frozen banana
- 1-3 ice cubes (depending on desired thickness)
1. Combine all ingredients into a blender, in the above order. You want the heavier ingredients on the top to weigh it down.
2. Blend away! Enjoy
You do not have to use a frozen banana but that is what gives it the thick consistency. If you want it thicker, add more banana. Thinner, add more ice or almond milk. I buy bananas almost every time I go to the grocery store and those I don’t eat or use to bake with, I peel, cut in half, and freeze in a container in my fridge. That way, I always have a constant supply of ripe, frozen, bananas. I have even thawed out a couple bananas and used them to make banana muffins. I was not quite sure about that one, but they turned out fine!
If you want an even creamier smoothie, try throwing some ripe avocado in there. Anywhere from a ¼-½ an avocado should do and it is delicious. Chia seeds, bee pollen, or some hemp protein powder are also delicious additions.
Also, check out this interesting article from Matt Frazier at the No Meat Athlete. This guy is an avid runner and endurance athlete who qualified for The Boston Marathon only AFTER switching to a vegan diet. He writes a pretty interesting blog. Here he discusses the never-ending question: Where do vegetarians and vegans get their protein?