Every health nut and smoothie lover I’ve met has a good ol’ green smoothie recipe up their sleeve. I’ve tried a number of green smoothies over the years and discovered the types I do and do not enjoy. I’m sure if you’ve tried one before you know what I’m talking about; there are some that ignite the palette and others that, as much as I know how healthy they are, are too gritty and bitter for me.
So I experimented at home with how many greens my taste buds could tolerate and I basically keep circling back to the one I’ll be sharing with you today. Before I begin, here are a few quick things I discovered during the experimental green smoothie making process (for my taste palette):
Things I discovered during green smoothie making:
- Add about ¼ more liquid then usual to make sure any green ingredient is blended well
- For every green veggie add in two fruit sources (one sweet, one not so sweet)
- Keep the greens to about 1-2 heaps or cups to avoid over bitterness (i.e. kale, spinach, celery, parley)
- Add a little spicy warmth during cooler months (i.e. ginger, cinnamon, etc.) and citrus during hotter months (i.e. squeeze of lemon, lime, fresh orange juice)
- Use fresh seasonal greens Instead of frozen – keeps the smoothie from watering down
- If adding a protein powder, stick with flavourless or vanilla protein powders to keep base flavour neutral
If you’re making a green smoothie for the first time these pointers will be sure to boost your confidence. And, along with these pointers, I’ve got you covered with my refreshing green smoothie recipe ready to go in less than five minutes. Tastes awesome, it’s packed with nutrients, and easy to make… what more can yea ask for?!
Blueberry-Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 ½ cup organic coconut milk or preferred milk alternative
- 1 tbsp coconut milk powder –it adds in good fats I enjoy this one from Organic Traditions
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach or kale or both
- ½-¾ cup organic blueberries
- ½ a banana I prefer using frozen but either works
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 serving unflavoured collagen powder
- ½ scoop vanilla vegan protein powder look for no sugar added
- Add all ingredients to blender, blend on high until smooth and enjoy!
- This smoothie is super refreshing and not as thick in texture as some of my other smoothies on the blog. I suggest using frozen fruit for thickness.
- I’m not a huge fan of the flavour of nut protein with spinach but if you enjoy it be sure to add in a tablespoon or two of almond butter for an extra protein boost.
- I’ve seen so many green smoothie recipes that have 20+ ingredients! I like to keep it simple, this way I’m more likely to make it even when I feel pressed for time. I encourage you to try this simple recipe and add more of the ingredients you love to see what works best for you.
What’s your favourite time of day to enjoy a nutritious green smoothie? Do you have particular green ingredients you love to use in your smoothies? Share with me in the comment section below or on social media.
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