Hi friends! Today’s post is going live a little later than expected, but it’s all good! This way y’all can try it out first thing tomorrow morning! 😉 I’m so excited to share with you all a very highly requested post – my green smoothie recipe! Anytime I share on Instagram that I’m drinking my smoothie, I get tons of questions about it – What’s in it? What do you use to make it? Does it taste good? Well, lucky for you, I’m sharing the answers to all of those questions today!
The green smoothie recipe I’m sharing with you is one of my favorites. I make it at least four days a week! I use a NutriBullet, which is so easy to operate, but you could also use any type of blender if you don’t have a NutriBullet. It will taste good no matter what! I like to make this first thing in the morning as my breakfast, especially before I eat any solid food. Think about it, when you wake up in the morning your stomach is empty. When you start putting food, drink, etc. in your body, it’s going to absorb those quickly in the morning. And don’t you want your body to quickly absorb all the great nutrients?! Here’s a little rundown on all the good-for-you ingredients in my smoothie:
SPINACH: I aim to get some type of greens in every single meal, and this is a great way to start your day with them in your breakfast! I always use spinach, but I’m sure kale will work just fine, too. You can’t even taste the greens in the smoothie; it’s crazy! Dark leafy greens are so good for your brain, body, and skin! Spinach is a great source of iron, folate, chlorophyll, Vitamin E, magnesium, Vitamin A, fiber, and Vitamin C. It helps protect bones from osteoporosis and prevent against inflammatory diseases. Surprisingly, spinach is also high in protein – it’s a plant protein!
BANANA: I love bananas, and anything banana flavored! I eat a banana everyday, whether as a whole or added to my smoothie! Bananas get a bad rap for being a “fat” fruit and you should steer clear of them but I disagree! Here are the reasons why – it’s one of the best fruit sources of Vitamin B6; has Vitamin C (I know I was shocked, too!); manganese in bananas is good for your skin (helps your body make collagen and protect your skin and other cells against free radical damage); potassium in bananas is good for your heart health and blood pressure, and last but not least, they give you energy! Bananas are great for kids and athletes, for breakfast, as midday snack or before or after you do physical activity.
STRAWBERRIES: If you didn’t know, strawberries are considered a “superfruit.” Can you guess why? Yep! Tons of a nutritional benefits! Packed with vitamins, a great source of fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants. They are sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and a low-calorie food! They are definitely a tasty and sweet fruit to add to any healthy lifestyle.
PINEAPPLE: Pineapples are loaded with nutrients! They contain high amounts of vitamin C, amino acids, and manganese. Pineapple also helps increase collagen synthesis to keep your skin flexible and firm and boosts immunity and suppress inflammation. They are even a good way to get dietary fiber in. Plus, they make my smoothie super sweet and refreshing! I love this tropical fruit!
FLAX: Though tiny, flaxseeds are one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet! They are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber and lignans. There are tons of studies that prove these little seeds can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and enlarged prostates in men, and help improve digestive health, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Trust me, you definitely want to be putting flaxseeds in your smoothies! And I like to use flaxseed meal because the seeds are grinded up and blend smoother in your smoothie.
And without further ado… my green smoothie recipe!
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 TBSP flaxseed meal
- 2 TBSP protein powder
- 2 cups of water
Add everything to your blender in the order it appears above, and blend blend blend! I’ll drink it with a reusable straw or even use a spoon to eat it if it’s thicker.
This recipe makes 1 serving, but you can easily double it up if you’re looking to split it with someone or you’re feeling super hungry! I usually make this smoothie in the morning as my breakfast. It would also make a great afternoon snack! Totally refreshing!
Let me know if you make it and how you like it! Also, feel free to share your favorite smoothie recipe with me!