I’ve been a fan of green smoothies for years. It started out innocent enough: adding spinach to a normal peanut-butter-banana smoothie.. and *poof* healthy green smoothie .. right? Well, not really. Now my recipe is packed full of ONLY the really good stuff!
It turns out peanut butter and bananas aren’t very nutrition-dense and you can get a lot more bang for your buck by tossing in a few more lesser-known, nutrient-packed ingredients.
I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure why everything in this healthy green smoothie is good for you, but I do know it makes me feel awesome, and that science says it’s worth the mediocre flavor. After lots of trial and error I found a combination that doesn’t taste like total garbage. The recipe is below!
Everyone should have a good green smoothie recipe in their lives, but before we get into the actual recipe, let’s look at the ingredients. Like I said – everything in here is healthy. I don’t just mean “it’s green, so it’s healthy” … I mean science says It’s healthy. Let’s Review.
(By the way, if you haven’t checked out the site WHFOODS.COM before, it’s packed full of awesome science-based info on healthy foods, and as a bonus it looks like their site template time-traveled from 1994.)
What goes into a super healthy green smoothie?
- SPINACH: Duh, it’s healthy. We all know that. It’s an excellent source of iron, magnesium, Folate, B-vitamins, and vitamin K. Which are all good things. Woooo spinach!
- ALMOND MILK: With only 40 calories in a cup, this is a much healthier option than dairy milk. It is naturally hormone and anti-biotic free, and is a great source of biotin and vitamin E. Many varieties are also fortified with calcium and vitamin D, to replace any minerals you would normally get from dairy milk.
- BROCCOLI SPOUTS: Here’s where we get fancy. I sprout my own broccoli seeds and freeze the sprouts for smoothies. A chemical in broccoli sprouts called suphoraphane helps carry toxins out of your body. The research is pretty young, but looks promising that this compound can prevent and treat a number of diseases. It’s difficult to find these in stores, but you can buy them in bulk here on Amazon.
- CHIA SEEDS: I don’t sprout these before tossing about 2 teaspoons into my smoothie. They are often called a super food, and are a good source of Calcium, minerals, Omega 3’s and other nutrients. Plus, they keep you feeling full all day, so you are less likely to snack and overeat later. You can usually buy in bulk online cheaper than you can find them in the grocery store.
- MATCHA TEA: Good old matcha (it’s basically just ground-up green tea leaves), it’s a great source of antioxidants to keep your insides running smoothly, and adds a little caffeine pick-me-up to your smoothies.
- HYDROLIZED MARINE COLLOGEN PEPTIDES: What is this? Science class? This is what makes it taste icky, so I only use about 2 teaspoons in my smoothie. It’s touted for its anti-aging properties and adds a punch of protein. It’s pretty hard to find IRL, but the internet has you covered.
- ORGANIC YOGURT or KEFIR: We also need to add some probiotics to keep your gut bugs happy.
- BLUEBERRIES or HALF an APPLE: Because you need something to mask the flavor of those obscure, less-tasty ingredients, above.
Now that you know just how crazy-healthy this thing is going to be, it’s time to dig out the blender and whip up a batch.
Do you have a recipe for a green smoothie? Share your ingredients in the comments below!
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