The green smoothie. The two biggest questions that seem to pop up are “Is it really healthy?” and “Will it taste like grass?”
The green smoothie has become very trendy to repin on Pinterest (I am guilty of which, follow me!) and post on your Instagram. It looks cool and trendy, but I’m sure you’re wondering if there are actually health benefits to it! Let’s do a run down of the ingredients in my green smoothie recipe:
1.) Bananas: we all know bananas have a bunch of potassium in them which is awesome for your heart! But, bananas also have a lot of fiber which helps you digest your food and feel full! Bananas can also improve your mood if you are experiencing PMS symptoms, and even fight depression!
2.) Kale & Spinach: Both of these greens contain high levels of calcium, iron and magnesium! Since you are eating these greens raw, you get 100% of the nutrients that can sometimes be lost if you cook them.
3.) Chia seeds: Chia seeds have more calcium than dairy products, which makes them a great way to get calcium without the extra fat that come along with dairy products. They also have tons of protein, fiber amino acids! No wonder people call chia seeds a superfood.
4.) Flax seeds: Flax seeds are mostly commonly known for their high fiber content, but did you know they also provide essential fats and B vitamins that can help your skin and hair?! They are also high in antioxidants and improve digestion.
5.) Lemon: Fresh lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, calcium, and potassium! And it also helps your body to detox in the mornings.
This smoothie will give you TONS of essential vitamins and ingredients to jump start your body before eating breakfast in the morning!*
*This smoothie is an awesome addition to a healthy breakfast. I don’t recommend replacing breakfast with this smoothie. Though it has awesome ingredients, you still need some substantial protein and healthy carbs for breakfast 🙂
Let’s make a green smoothie!
What you’ll need:
- 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 – 1 cup of baby kale & spinach mix, depending on how much green you can handle (you can also substitute only spinach or only kale)
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of flax seeds
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon (this really offsets the extreme sweetness of the banana)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you may need more if it’s too thick)
- Ice (if not using a frozen banana)
Note: If bananas and greens are not your favorite flavors you can totally add some of your favorite berries. Berries will completely mask the bananas and greens. Your smoothie will just be a bit on the brownish side.
Throw all your ingredients in a blender and blend it for a good minute or two. The key to making a good green smoothie is to make the texture as smooth as possible.
And you’re done! Enjoy your Healthy and Energizing green smoothie and rock everyone’s socks off with all that extra energy!
What’s your favorite morning smoothie recipe?