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!)
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.
For additional hydration and antioxidants, add cucumber to your green smoothies; or maybe you want lusciously thick and creamy consistency in which case avocado is your man. 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.
One handy hint to remember is that frozen bananas are great for masking certain flavours such as spirulina powder. 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.
But, for a more filling smoothie, try one of these for starters:
Option 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
Option 2: Tropical Green
1 Frozen Banana
2 TBSP Desiccated Coconut
½ Fresh Mango or rehydrate 3-4 dried mango pieces in water for 15 minutes
2cm Piece of Ginger
½ Cup Spinach / Kale
400-500ml Water or Coconut Milk
1 TSP Baobab Powder (optional)
Option 3: Deliciously Ella’s favourite Green Smoothie Recipe
1 small Cucumber
An inch of Ginger
2 Stalks of Celery
1/2 an Avocado
1 TBSP Almond Butter
a teaspoon of bee pollen
a teaspoon of spirulina
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.
And for those of you living in the Dublin area, our newest Nourish store that recently opened in Sandymount has a fantastic selection of fresh organic veggies to choose from, so pop on in and grab yourself a bunch of fresh delicious fruit and veg and get blending!
Feel like you’re still missing something in your morning? Don’t miss out on our other blues-beating breakfast recipes:
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*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