Green smoothies are a staple in my food rotation (especially now that Toronto has suddenly embraced summer weather – hurray!) so I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me this long to post a recipe for it. I think it’s because I assume there’s a zillion recipes out there for green smoothies, so why post another. However, after blending probably close to a thousand smoothies, I think it’s fair to say that not all smoothies are created equal.
So what makes a good green smoothie?
- It’s cold. Harsh “greeny” flavours are muted when food is chilled, so use frozen fruit.
- Creaminess. Avocado adds a beautiful creaminess that is reminiscent of milkshakes and ice cream which appeals to the masses.
- Blending the greens well. A good blender should take good care of chewing up a lot of the fibrous bits, but if yours doesn’t handle kale well, stick to baby spinach which should easily break down.
- Cinnamon. Adding a dash adds depth to your smoothie and not only has a natural “sweet” taste but also balances your blood sugar levels.
- It doesn’t look muddy. If you’re all about the aesthetics, don’t throw any fruit/vegetable that’s not green or yellow in your smoothie unless you want it to turn brown. It’ll taste amazing, but it will look like swamp water. If this happens you can always add cacao powder to it but then you have crossed over into chocolate smoothie territory, and not to get technical, but your smoothie can no longer be categorized as “green”. (And yes, I am the smoothie police. :-b)
The best part about smoothies is you can really customize them to your liking. I’ve provided a recipe base that you can use to experiment with various add-ins and toppings to create your perfect green smoothie or popsicles.
I encourage you to try making your own creations and leave me a comment below and let me know how they turned out or if you have other suggestions of things to add! I’d love to hear from you!
Stay tuned for another delicious drink recipe in my next post. This one will definitely appeal to coffee and hot chocolate lovers. Stay tuned!
Energizing Green Smoothie (serves 1 hungry person)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 small avocado
- giant handful of organic baby spinach or kale
- 2 cups non-dairy milk of your choice or chilled coconut water
- generous dash of cinnamon
Additional add-ins if you’re a newbie:
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (good for breakfast or post-workout recovery)
- handful of medjool dates (if you’d like your smoothie to be sweeter or are making it for popsicles)
- 1 tbsp. hemp seed or ground flax seed (for omega 3s, protein and fibre)
- frozen pineapple or mango (for natural sweetness and a fruitier flavour)
Additional add-ins for the adventurous / seasoned smoothie connoisseur:
- 1/2 tsp. maca powder (for energy and hormone balancing – omit if making for children)
- 1 tsp. matcha powder (for energy and antioxidants)
- raw sprouts (for a boost of vitamins and minerals)
- 1 tbsp. E3 Live / 1 tsp. chlorella or spirulina powder (great for phytonutrients and detoxification)
- fresh berries
- cacao nibs
- bee pollen
- chia seeds
- goji berries
- Place all desired ingredients and add-ins in a high speed blender (except toppings), starting with your frozen fruit, leafy greens and then lighter add-ins (powders/seeds). Lastly pour over the liquid of your choice.
- Blend for about 20 seconds until desired consistency is reached. Try to minimize blending for too long as heat generated and introduced oxygen can begin to break down some of the nutrients in your green smoothie. Add desired toppings.
- It’s recommended to drink it immediately, although you can refrigerate it for consumption later in the day. If freezing into popsicles, pour smoothie into a popsicle mould and freeze overnight.