Nourish - Beat the Breakfast Blues: Healthy Ways to Start Your Day – Green Smoothies
The next recipe in our Beat the Breakfast Blues blog series is really 3 recipes for delicious Green Smoothies!
Green smoothies are incredibly easy to make and are so good for you! They are a fantastic way to start the day, helping to alkalize, cleanse and detox the body, and are great for your energy levels.
Smoothies are super easy on the digestion and great for hydration, plus you can sneak in all kinds of things to get tonnes of additional health benefits. They’re an excellent way of sneaking in those green powders, protein powders and superfood mixes and you can make them with any combination of fruits and veg you like (keeping in mind flavour combinations!)
No. 1: Smooth Green
- 1 Frozen banana (break in half before freezing to make it easier for your blender!)
- 1-2 tsp spirulina powder
- ¼-1/2 Ripe Avocado
- 350ml-500ml coconut milk/almond milk/rice milk or coconut water- amounts vary depending on the consistency you like. I like thick smoothies but it’s up to you!
1 TSP raw organic honey or 2 dates
No.2: Tropical Green
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 orange
- 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
- ½ fresh mango or rehydrate 3-4 dried mango pieces in water for 15 minutes
- 2cm piece of ginger
- ½ Lemon
- ½ cup spinach/kale (frozen greens also work!)
- 400-500ml water or coconut milk
- 1 tsp baobab powder (optional)
No. 3: Deliciously Ella’s favourite Green Smoothie Recipe
Smoothie No.1 and No.2
- First juice the cucumber, celery and ginger.
- Then pour the juice into a blender and add the banana, avocado and almond butter plus any of the extras you’re using.
- Finally, blend until smooth and creamy!
If you don’t have a juicer then you can put the cucumber and celery into a blender first with a little water, blend them until a smooth liquid forms and then strain the liquid before pouring it into the blender again with the remaining ingredients.
Green smoothies are a fantastic way to sneak in those greens and give yourself an additional whack of nutrition. Adding green veggies to your diet also gives you the additional benefit of a giant burst of health-enhancing chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has incredible alkalinising, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits contributing to feeling energised and refreshed.
You don’t need to stick to these 3 recipes. Try experimenting with flavours and textures you like.
Add in the following to your green smoothies:
- try cucumber for additional hydration and antioxidants
- scoop in some avocado for a lusciously thick and creamy consistency. Avocados give you a rich dessert-like quality and pairs well with cacao and green smoothies. It’s bursting with good fats and protein, helping to keep you full and well-nourished all morning.
- try adding herbs such as mint for a fresh and pungent note.
- pop in a few sprogs of frozen broccoli or a small handful of frozen green peas. For reasons unbeknown to me, frozen veggies leave little to no taste when blended into smoothies.
- alternate greens powders, such as barley grass, wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella and alfalfa powder.
- boost it with matcha green tea powder – yum!
- have a read over our blog post How to Get Greens Powders into Your Daily Routine During Winter [including recipes]
One handy hint to remember is that frozen bananas are great for masking certain flavours such as spirulina powder. Honestly, that was a total game-changer for me when I found that out!
You can make your smoothie super easy: 2 frozen bananas, coconut milk and a tsp of Spirulina and you’re set.
Also don’t forget, just because it’s called a green smoothie, you can make them with all kinds of ingredients and still have pink, purple, blue or orange ones. So long as there are greens in there, it counts as a green smoothie 😉
Feel like you’re still missing something in your morning? Don’t miss out on our other blues-beating breakfast recipes:
- Chia Pudding
- Probiotic Muesli and Chia Pudding with Acai Topping
- Veggie Frittata
- Baked Beans
- Green Kitchen Stories – Banana & Blueberry Pancakes
- Happy Pear – Bircher Muesli / Overnight Oats
– Emily Nöth
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.
Picture credit of smoothie in hand: Deliciously Ella