My smoothie recipe! I have this green smoothie most days of the week. The ingredients are quite constant with a few variations now and then. It is really delicious, highly nutritious and very filling. Detox, up the greens in your diet and be kind to your digestive system.
I have a basic list of ingredients which suits me. You will want to tweek the recipe to suits your tastes and likes. I make a whole blender full of smoothie which sometimes lasts just one day but mostly now l drink it over two days. Sometimes l drink the smoothie in the morning, especially in the warmer weather but often it replaces lunch. I keep it in great containers that are so convenient to take with me when l am out and about. I use a high speed blender which l love. It breaks up the ingredients and is large enough to make a big batch. I fill the blender so it is over flowing as the greens really break down.
1 tablespoon black chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 teaspoon greens powder
1 cup coconut water
1/2 to 1 cup filtered water (depending on how thick you want the smoothie)
1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon or lime
1/2 cup frozen pineapple (strawberries, berries, banana etc)
2 large stalks of fresh celery
Lots of greens. Examples are half a small cos lettuce and 2 cups of fresh spinach (try not to overload on the spinach or kale as examples due to oxalate content)
A small handful of fresh mint
Place all of the ingredients in the blender and mix well. I usually need to stop and use the pusher to fit it all in the blender.
Adjust the recipe to suit your own needs. It may take time to drink a smoothie that is this green. You can add a bit more fruit when starting out. There is so much fibre and goodness in this drink. Over time you will grow to love this liquid gold and will adapt the recipe to suit your own needs and lifestyle.
I take liquid fish oil each day and add it to my smoothie. It can be a great place to add those supplements that may be otherwise difficult to take. Use the drink to your advantage and to make a meal out of it add some nuts to snack on, beef jerkey or piece of whole fruit such as an orange. Keep your diet natural and see the benefits.
Mental and practical roadblocks people use to not have a green smoothie in their life.
It it scary to drink a green smoothie
I don’t want to drink vegetables, especially green ones
There are things in there l won’t like
I’ve never had a chia seed
I don’t have a blender
The ingredients are expensive
It will taste awful
I’d rather have a normal fruit smoothie
Do any of these sound familiar? They can all be overcome if you can think out side of your comfort zone. If you don’t have a blender they can be purchased very cheaply or you can borrow one, and if you grow your own green leafy vegetables that is another one crossed off the list.
Take the plunge and try a simple recipe for your first smoothie that is guaranteed to be delicious. You can even leave the chia seeds out.
Cos lettuce (fill up half the blender with this, but make sure it is well washed), one small banana, one navel orange, 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional), some fresh mint and enough plain coconut water to give a good consistency to drink or you can eat it with a spoon.
A green smoothie is different to a green juice. A juice has most of the fibre removed and is much lighter to drink and digest. When l was very unwell last year l loved having a green juice as the nutrients were quickly and easily broken down and absorbed for use in the body, whereas a smoothie was too heavy for me and l just couldn’t digest them.
Part of the joy of drinking a green smoothie is that it is green!
A green smoothie can quickly turn a not so nice colour if you add certain ingredients to it such as raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. It could go a brown colour and will taste great, but won’t look so appetising.
Choosing your ingredients:
1. Start by picking your choice of greens. You can have just the one such as cos lettuce, kale, spinach or silverbeet or a mixture. Cos lettuce is so sweet and lovely and l love the smaller green spinach leaves.
2. What liquid are you going to have in your juice? I would advise either plain coconut water or filtered water.
3. Choose the fruit you are going to add. This could be banana, apple, peach, apricot, pear, mango, pineapple, orange and mandarin as examples. Citrus is wonderful as it will help your body absorb the iron from the greens.
4. Add a few interesting things to your smoothie. Limes and lemon’s with the skin on will give the smoothie a kick, while fresh ginger and herbs such as parsley and mint will help to enhance the flavour.
5. Add additional nutrients such as chia seeds, green powders or nuts.
A way to combine a green smoothie with a more colourful ingredients and still have it looking good is to have some fun putting it together as in the one below. Both the green and pink sections tasted wonderful, but when mixed together were a not so nice brown colour.
The green section is cos lettuce, banana, green apple and coconut water. The pink layer is strawberries, blueberries, acai berry powder, chia seeds, banana and coconut water. I make the green part first and pour it into two glasses and wash the blender, then make the pink part. The decorative pointy bits l do with a stainless steel straw and it looks nice to drink!
A smoothie can easily be a meal if you add in good sources of protein such as chia seeds and nuts. I drink them slowly as it is a lot of liquid going into the stomach all at once and adding the nuts and chia seeds make it a bit heavier and thicker as well as slowing down the digestion of the sugars in the drink. Sometimes l have a handful of nuts with the smoothie if it has a lot of fruit in it and this balances out the snack.
The best way to get started on your smoothie adventure is to fill up your fridge with lots of healthy fresh food. Here is a quick snapshot of my fridge as it looks most of the time.
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I have been experimenting with my smoothies lately and it has been great fun. I am alternating the smoothies with juices and love how the flavours change with the addition of a different ingredient and am amazed at the colours that can be produced from using fruits such as berries or vegetables like Bok Choy. I like to use the fruits and vegetables which are in season and l only add filtered water to my smoothies as l don’t drink any kind of milk.
I have been layering my smoothies to make them look more attractive and experimenting with different ingredient combinations. The smoothie above has three layers that l mixed around with the straw. The red layer is frozen raspberries and water, the green layer is cos lettuce, pineapple, green apple, banana, black chia seeds and water. The yellow layer is cantelope and mandarin. All of the layers were really nice.
The ingredients in this one are spinach, cos lettuce, pineapple, banana, green apple, black chia seeds, mint and filtered water.
This smoothie needed to be mixed to drink, but the layers added some fun to it. The green layer is cos lettuce, spinach, mint, green apple and water, while the yellow layer is mandarin, black chia seeds and water.
This smoothie was so much fun to make and l had to mix this one to drink it also. The green layer is cos lettuce, green apple, mint and water. The yellow layer is orange, banana, chia seeds and water, and the top layer is cherries, raspberries and water.
I made this smoothie today and it was a joy to drink as both of the colour combinations had a divine flavour. The green half is cos lettuce, green apple, parsley, banana and water. The red half is blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, black chia seeds and water.
Have some fun with your smoothies and experiment with different flavours. Add in fresh ginger, herbs from the garden, lemons and limes. They are filled with so many nutrients and lots of fibre. Try to have a mix of green vegetables and fruit so the sugar load isn’t so great and just one glass is a good amount. Enjoy!
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There is something about mixing up a batch of smoothies for the family that is fun and exciting! Changing the colour of the smoothie by using different ingredients is part of the enjoyment, but if you mix greens with berries such as raspberries the taste is good but the colour is a not so enticing brown. I made this smoothie in a large blender as l wanted enough for the whole family, but l have also been making a lot of individual smoothies lately as l have a new blender that makes smoothies to go.
These containers are good when l am just about to go somewhere in the car or l am sitting at my desk. The blender came with two containers so l will often make one for myself and one for my youngest daughter who loves smoothies.
I have problems digesting too much fruit at once so l try to balance my smoothies with leafy green vegetables and chia seeds and l don’t have too large a serving. The smoothie below was for my daughter and contains yoghurt. I don’t eat dairy so wouldn’t put yoghurt in my smoothies, but my daughter loved the creaminess of this smoothie.
To make the featured green smoothie l placed the following ingredients in the blender:
1 large banana or 2 small ones
A good chunk of pineapple
2 green apples. I took the skin off because of the wax on the skin which l find hard to get off
Some spinach and cos lettuce leaves
A few pieces of fresh mint. Pull the leaves away from the stem.
1 tablespoon of black chia seeds
About 3/4 of a cup of filtered water. It will depend on the size and amount of the other ingredients. You can always add more if it is too thick but you can’t take it out if you add too much. I had to add some water as the blender needed the liquid to get mixing and the blender was so full l had to push the lid on. I also like a thick smoothie and eat it with a spoon, but if you like a thinner smoothie and want to dilute the sugars then add more water.
Smoothies are a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. They can be made to suit each person’s tastes and they are fun to make. I don’t have a smoothie every day, but l have them a few times a week. Sometimes l just feel like eating the whole fruit such as a banana or orange and this is usually when l am really busy or l might make a juice instead. It does take more time to make a smoothie or juice than to just grab a piece of fruit, but l love that l can mix it up and have something different each day.
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A raspberry smoothie that is delicious, sweet, refreshing and cooling. The frozen berries give this smoothie a wonderful icy cold feel, the raspberries a delicious sweetness, while the chia seeds add some crunch. The colour of the smoothie is so amazing and l eat it with a spoon because it is nice and thick.
In the blender place 1 generous cup of frozen raspberries, 1 tablespoon black chia seeds, 1 small green apple with the skin on (cored and cut into pieces), 1 generous cup of chopped spinach/kale leaves and 250 ml plain coconut water/filtered water. Blend and serve.