Happy Earth Day!
I love a good green smoothie and this is a great go-to recipe for anyone wanting to try one – without being too afraid of the ‘green monster.’
Green smoothies are loaded with leafy greens that are rich in antioxidants and nutrients. Seeing as how it’s earth day, I thought I would share a ‘green’ recipe thats good for your right from mother nature.
You can experiment with different types of greens including a mix of spinach, kale, swiss chard and even baby bok choy. I buy a pre-packed mix of all of the above greens so I can just grab a handful and go. Other times I’ll use all spinach or a mix of spinach and kale. You can also add in protein powder or other greens.
The addition of banana sweetens the smoothie naturally without taking away from the nutrition. You only need half a banana to give it that smooth, thick texture and enough sweetness. You really do not taste any of the greens, even when using kale or swiss chard. They have a very mild taste and the banana hides it even more.
So go ahead and ‘indulge’ in a beautifully green and healthy smoothie – They’re great for breakfast, a snack or even post-workout recovery smoothie when you add some protein powder (I like to use a vegan plant based protein because it has no milk ingredients)
Check out my other smoothie recipes, cool as a cucumber and summer citrus smoothie.
Earth Day Green Smoothie
A powerhouse smoothie filled with leafy greens to give you energy
- Large handful of leafy greens including Swiss Chard, Kale and Spinach
- 1/2 green tipped banana
- Hunk of cucumber with peel on
- Handful of ice cubes
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Splash of water
- In a high speed blender ( I have a KitchenAid ) add all the ingredients beginning with the ice cubes and liquids then the cucumber, greens and banana.
- Blend until frothy and smooth. If you're experiencing trouble (won't blend well) add more liquid like water or almond milk. If you need to, stop the blender completely and mix with long spoon before turning on again.
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Smoothies are one of my favourite snacks / meals. I usually have one a day, after a workout. They’re super refreshing, and when using the right ingredients, they are a huge boost of energy and nutrition.
I shared a Summer Citrus Smoothie a couple weeks ago, and thought I would share some more creations. A Green Smoothie is my go-to favourite. I usually throw in some spinach, kale, banana ice and almond milk and whirl it up in the blender. I thought I’d venture out and add a few more ingredients to my regular Green smoothie recipe.
I’ve seen lots of smoothies with cucumbers, but I never thought about adding them to mine. I wasn’t sure they would break down nicely, but the cucumber makes it cool and refreshing, and adds a great texture. I also added in a slice of avocado, which I’ve done before to make it super smooth and thick and creamy!
Smoothies are easy, refreshing, and packed with nutrients.
Cool as a Cucumber Green Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups Kale, washed, rind removed
- 1 slice of avocado
- 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
- Splash Almond Milk (or other milk alternative)
- 1 small banana
- 5 pieces frozen banana slices
- 5 ice cubes
- protein powder (optional)
Add all ingredients to blender, and puree until smooth and creamy. Serve in tall glass, with a straw.
Lainey likes to stay cool in the shade.
It’s officially Summer!!
And that means:
- Longer Days
- Walking/Biking/Running outside in the sun
- Patio Parties
- Road Trips
- Vacation (Vegas!)
Yea – Smoothies. I have a smoothie pretty much every single day – and it’s usually the same one. It’s a green monster of goodness. In my usual I’ll have banana, kale, spinach, ice, coconut/almond milk, protein powder, flax seed - blend it all up and enjoy.
I’ve never really posted a smoothie recipe on here because I just throw whatever is in the fridge into the blender usually – however, I thought I’d enter a contest by one of my favourite sites – Healthy Happy Life by Kathy Patalsky - a contest to show off your ‘Smoothietude’ for her upcoming book 365 Vegan Smoothies out in July.
I thought I’d make something new, and seeing as how it’s hosted by DOLE, I definitely had to include my favourite, the banana!
I love bananas – I eat at least one a day, maybe two! I always have ripe banana’s on hand. Sometimes if the produce market I go to doesn’t have ripe enough ones, I’ll buy a bunch of green ones from them, then go to the grocery store and buy some more ripe ones too so we have them ready to go. I can honestly say we have at least 10 bananas, if not more, on the counter at all times. Usually two large bunches. Adam loves bananas too – so they go fast between the two of us. Especially when I use them to make 1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream, or Fudgey Banana Brownies, or Banana Brownies with Chocolate Avocado Ganache, OR Banana Oatmeal Cowboy Cookies (vegan). I always add them to my smoothies because they make them so smooth and thick – even better if you have some frozen banana slices.
Since It’s the beginning of Summer I thought I would make a citrus smoothie with banana. Anything with citrus is refreshing, and adding frozen banana makes it perfect for long hot summer days!
Citrus is also amazing for you! It’s packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent colds. And, since we’re outside all summer long soaking up Vitamin D from the sun, Citrus fruits actually help your body absorb the Vitamin D to promote strong bones, and glowing skin! And Bananas are just as amazing, they help regulate our blood sugar and help our body from becoming overly acidic. They are packed with potassium – great for having before/after a workout too!
I combined the two to make a frothy smoothie, with add-ins like flax seed and protein powder! **Recipe Below**
Summer and long sunny days make me happy – and so does this smoothie! It’s colour and ingredients are refreshing and a great pick me up on a hot summer day.
Banana Citrus Smoothie
- 1/2 ripe Banana
- 1/2 ripe Banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 juicy Satsuma tangerine, peeled
- 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup Coconut/Almond milk
- 1 Tbs. Flax Seed
- 1 tsp hemp seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder
Add it all to the blender and blend until frothy! Top with fresh blueberries and a slice of tangerine for garnish. Enjoy!
Happy yellow citrus smoothie = happy day! I’m always happy after I’ve had my smoothie =) They say the colour yellow is a ‘happy’ colour, and I agree! Just like the colour of bananas, and this smoothie :)