My Current Green Smoothie Recipe
A green smoothie is my breakfast of choice every morning during the week. It’s the best way to pack in as much nutrients and vitamins as possible to set you up for the day. It keeps your tummy flat, as opposed to eating sugary cereals or carb-heavy breads which immediately start the bloated feeling and sugar rush that will leave you feeling hungry an hour later and spiral the downward turn to a day of unhealthy eating. Start with a smoothie and your body gets the fuel it needs to function properly, it will leave you feeling full and satisfied and stop the cravings for the wrong type of foods.
I usually find a smoothie recipe that I enjoy and stick with it for quite a while before changing it up for many reasons; boredom, an ingredient I feel I need to eat more of (or less of), a new recipe that catches my eye. I try to ensure it is more vegetable heavy than fruit heavy, however the one I had been drinking before this one was more fruit heavy because my morning smoothie is the only time in the day that I consume fruit so I went through a phase of wanting to get as much fruit as possible through my morning smoothie. I have since parked that idea in favour of a particular food that I enjoy, know that is very good for me and haven’t been eating as much as I would like to recently; avocado. I love mashed avocado on rye bread for lunch but I have recently been enjoying a variety of soup options for lunch these days (perfect for cold winter days) so my avocado intake all but diminished.
Avocados are a unique fruit, they are not sweet, don’t have a high sugar content and are high in ‘healthy’ fats that our bodies need to function well. They are highly nutritious, being high in potassium, fibre, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, powerful antioxidants and an abundance of nutrients. So, keen to get this wonderful food back into my diet, I swapped out my usual pear for the avocado. I was worried that the ‘sweeter’ smoothie I was used to was going to become too bland and harder to enjoy. I was wrong, the avocado offers a fabulous creamy consistency and the mixed berries kept a healthy sweetness to it. Ginger and turmeric are incredible ingredients with amazing nutritional benefits so they are going nowhere. And of course my greens (in my case always spinach) are added in a great big handful.
Try it for yourself:
Almond milk (to desired consistency)
1/2 cup berries (I usually use a mix of blueberries, blackberries & strawberries)
1 tsp turmeric (it's better to use fresh turmeric if you can get it)
Thumb size piece of ginger
1/2 an avocado
A bunch of spinach
1 tbsp chai seeds
Here’s to promoting a healthy new year!