Green smoothie has become quite popular in the last few years.....but is it really as healthy, as it is promoted to be? I used to be a big believer in breakfast, which consisted of oats, nuts, banana, apple, a bit of honey and plain yoghurt.....until I decided to give the green smoothie a try. This was a little over six years ago, and fairly quickly it replaced my usual breakfast. Ever since, it has became such a big part of my morning routine, that I literally miss it when we are traveling!
May be you are wondering what's the big deal! I personally have experiences many positive changes since replacing my breakfast with a smoothie. To mention a few - my energy levels have gone up, bloating feeling has gone down, my skin is much softer and clearer, and my hair is much stronger! Overall I feel great, and the best part is that I get tones of fiber, minerals, vitamins, healthy carbs each day through my smoothie. I also think that I am setting a great example for my kids, and it is a great opportunity to teach them about the importance of the food quality that we fuel our body with. I don't force my kids to drink green smoothie, but meanwhile my son has become a big fan and he usually also has a glass 🙂
So, what is in my green smoothie!? There are many ready green smoothies in the grocery stores, however I stay away from the ready ones and I make it fresh each day. I want to make it as clean as possible, without the added sugar, and I always vary the vegetables and fruits according to the season. Here is what my smoothie consists of these days:
- 250 - 300ml 100% coconut water (no added sugar!)
- hand full of kale - I take the bigger steams out
- hand full of spinach, lamb's lettuce, or any type of green vegetable
- 1 pak choy
- some fresh ginger
- 1 small banana (in the summer I add a frozen banana)
- 1 small pear, or apple (cored, seeded, quartered)
- 1 persimmon, or some pine apple, or kiwi (in the summer time, it is always frozen blueberries)
- 1 scoop plant based protein (I personally use the Sunwarrior one), or 1 spoon macca powder (I use Novitas) - depending on my workouts, but I usually alternate each day
- 1 spoon flex seeds
- a few walnuts
- juice of one lemon
First I blend the green veggies, ginger and coconut water, and then add the rest of the ingredients. I use a high performance blender, which makes the smoothie extra creamy.
Give it a try, and adjust to your taste as you go......it might take a few tries until you find what works best for you! There is no right or wrong way of preparing a green smoothie, but two things to keep in mind:
- keep a 70/30 ration - 70% green vegetables and 30% fruits
- always alternate the veggies and fruits (based is if you go for seasonal and local products)
If you are already starting your day with some kind of a smoothie, share what is your favorite type, and how it affects your wellbeing.