I’m late to discover the trend, as I usually am with these things. I used to mock green smoothies. I’m a grown-ass woman, but until recently the thought of drinking a vegetable smoothie made me shiver and say words like icky and yucky. Green smoothies? They’re so… green.
That was back when my sweet tooth was out of control and my eating habits were subpar.
These days, I drink these things like crack. I’ve finally quelled my sugar cravings, my body is thanking me for it, and I am 110% satisfied with eating – or drinking – my “sweet” things naturally. (Still though, things like this occasionally happen. But not every day, so it’s okay!)
Take this smoothie. It’s packed with a ton of greens – kale, cucumber, and spinach galore – but it’s also filled with chunks of frozen mango and a little bit of unsweetened applesauce. These additions add a bit of natural sweetness to the smoothie without loading it with processed sugar.
^ All that healthy green yellow goodness in the photo above gets packed into ONE glowingly-green smoothie. Just one!
I will say, if you’re not a fan of green smoothies, you might not like this recipe. While it’s naturally sweetened with the applesauce and frozen fruit, it still is packed with greens, and you can’t really get around the taste. Try it though, and you might just be surprised. The more veggies you consume, the more your body starts to crave them, and eventually you’ll actually start craving your green smoothie.
I never thought it would happen, but I crave this green smoothie DAILY.
You can never eat too many vegetables! This smoothie helps with digestion (if you know what I mean) and is especially good at recharging your body after a night of one-too-many glasses of wine. It’s also guaranteed to fill you up and stifle your inner Hangry Monster.
Try swapping out the fruit for your favourite, or adding flax seeds or chia seeds if you’re into those things. You can also use whatever liquid you have on hand; water (used in these photos, and actually my favourite) makes a thinner smoothie, milk makes a thicker one. You could even use coconut water, coconut milk, or almond milk. The combinations are endless, and you can customize it to your taste as long as you stick to the ratio in the recipe.
So give it a go! Your body will thank you for it!
PS – I’ve started packing my daily smoothie ingredients into 5 jars and storing them in the fridge through the week. That way I can just dump the contents of the jar into the blender and whip it up, making at easy drink for those busy mornings!
|Super Green Power Smoothie|| |
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups fresh kale
- ½ large cucumber, chopped into chunks
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup frozen fruit*
- 1 cup water**
- In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water (or whatever liquid you use) as needed to break down all the greens. Serve.
*I prefer using plain ol' water, but really you can use any liquid you want. Add milk, almond milk, or coconut milk for a thicker smoothie; coconut water or regular water for a smoother one.