Breakfast… healthy green smoothie
We all know that smoothies are simple to make. Full of fruit & veg, this one will set you up, for a great day of work and play…
in your store cupboard: Buy ready chopped bagged spinach or kale so you can quickly add a handful of goodness.
mise en place: Freeze pre-sliced bananas, and you get to make a faster smoothie with a nice iciness built in.
mise en place: Soak some flaxseeds in the fridge (overnight will do). They will bloat and makes a jelly like consistency. Perfect for adding a teaspoon of morning flaxseed.
serving suggestion: Save some jam jars and store pre-roasted & chopped almonds to sprinkle on top
Servings : 1 Prep Time : 5 mins Cooking Time : 0 mins Difficulty : 1/5
Hand blender or Personal blender : if using frozen fruit, make sure it can blend ice / hard iced fruit
Chopper or grinder: pulverise the nuts, seeds, or oats as smooth as you like
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
- 1 handful spinach or kale (organic if possible)
- 1 – 2 cups unsweetened nut milk (start with one and add more according to how thick you want it)
- stir in: 1 flat teaspoon spirulina powder
- stir in: 1 teaspoon chia or seeds, OR, 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal ( golden and pre soaked is best)
- sprinkle: ground cinnamon or ginger
- sprinkle: chopped, roasted nuts eg almonds
Add all smoothie ingredients to a jug or bowl and blend away until creamy and smooth. No need for a heavy duty hand blender for this recipe, the Russell Hobbs 22241 should do just fine.
Taste and adjust flavour as needed..see variations.
For more protein, add nut butter! This also offsets / enhances the natural sweetness of the smoothie
Divide between 2 glasses, or if you are having it thicker… use serving bowls and add even more healthy desirables from the optional ingredients list!!!
Best when fresh, though leftovers can be kept in jars in the fridge for up to 1-2 days
Lighter coloured fruit and veg. (e.g. strawberries), will give you a brighter green drink, and darker ones (e.g. blackberries /blueberries) should make for a purple one! Spirulina will just make your smoothie a very dark green.
Thicker try adding this to flavour your bowl of porridge. Or, add to kefia or natural yoghurt and freeze for dessert later (just blend again when you take it out of the freezer!)
Even healthier… add half a teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper
More protein… add more nuts, nut butter
More good fats…add half a ripe avocado, or coconut oil
Nut free…replace the nut milk with orange juice, replace nut topping sprinkle powdered cinnamon or coconut
Sweeter…add some raw honey, more banana, a pinch of stevia, or black molasses for a treacly taste
too sweet!.. add a pinch of salt or teaspoon lemon juice
source / inspiration
Adapted from the minimalist baker site’s favourite green smoothie. This is the be all and end all of smoothies when you add all the options! I do. I can’t get golden flaxseeds at the moment so I use ground brown ones. I always like to vary things and I start from scratch every time and just add as I feel. So do the same and have fun with this!
Variety is the spice of life right! I should also mention that my inspiration to put ‘variations’ up came because I felt so relieved to see this kind of thing by Jules of Stonesoup fame. She always adds variations to all her recipes so I’m following her great habit here.