Green Smoothies are a great way to pack in daily fruits and vegetables your body needs to function at its best. They are a great way to boost your energy, lose weight effortlessly, and make healthy eating a lifestyle—not a diet. I love to experiment with different combinations of smoothies. Theres so many different ingredients and combinations that you can put into a blender so I thought why not share some of my favorites!
1. Banana, Chia, and Spinach Smoothie
This smoothie is awesome mostly because it packs two servings offruits and a serving of veggies into a particularly tasty smoothie package. The chia seeds also help keep you full. For a reminder of all the health benefits of chia seeds refer down to my previous blog Let’s Chat Chia!
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- 1 tsp chia seeds
This smoothie from Simple Green Smoothies is full of iron, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants. They suggest adding olive leaf extract, echinacea, and elderberry extract which help to boost the immune system and fight off infection.
- 2 cups spinach, fresh
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 3⁄4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 bananas
3. Peanut Butter Banana and Oat
This smoothie is great if you want a protein packed start to your day or even a post workout snack. It’s filling and oh so tasty.
- 2 cups cold almond milk (soy or regular milk would also be delicious)
- 1 banana, cut into chunks (frozen is ideal)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 heaping tsp honey (I prefer agave nectar)
- 1 tbsp flax seeds, ground into meal
- 2 tsp old-fashioned oats, ground fine
- Garnish with blueberries
Now this combination might seem a little weird at first, but trust me when I say it is so delicious and so refreshing! Cucumbers are great for thickening the smoothie and adding lots of hydration and potassium.
- 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup cold almond milk
- Half an English (hothouse) cucumber, deseeded and chopped into large chunks
- 1 to 2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
- A squeeze of lemon
To ease your smoothie making process, here is Real Simple’s article on techniques to make a kiler smoothie along with some additional recipes. Enjoy!