Look at this funky shit I just whizzed up in the blender.
Holy cow! I know, right? It looks like something secreted by the Hulk but it’s actually what I’ve been drinking now for two weeks and pretty soon you’ll be drinking them too. Don’t believe me? Seriously. Green Smoothies. They give you SUPERPOWERS.
I gave it a go on the advice of the superfluous Crunchy Betty and have made it part of my daily diet now for the last fourteen days, much to the disgust of pretty much everyone around me. I’ll be honest, it takes a bit of getting used to, and I had to fiddle around with the consistency a lot to turn it from something resembling yoghurt to something resembling a drink.
However, in terms of energy and mood boosting prowess it can’t be beaten. My skin is supple, soft and clear and I swear even my hair has simmered down to a quiet roar, even on the bad days when I have to knot it up like a straitjacket to stop it going wild.
Here are the basics for a Green Smoothie. Stick with me.
Spirulina – You know, the microscopic spiral cell blue green algae famous for its nutrient density, right? Highly antioxidant, and with a broad spectrum of vitamins, amino acids, proteins, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids, B vitamins and minerals this is what gives you smoothie it’s emerald green colour and its punch. Sadly, it tastes a little like pondwater so let’s cover all that up with….
Bananas – Bananananananananananananaaaa! I’m bananas for this canary yellow potassium packed little lovely and so should you be.
Coconut Oil – The solid stuff, preferably organic. Trust me. This will give your smoothie weight and texture not to mention an immune system boost with its myriad anti-bacterial properties.
Yoghurt – Greek or plain, makes your smoothie smooooth.
Honey – Sweet Bee Juice.
Milk – Cows, Rice, Soy or Almond, just a cup or so of milk will mellow your smoothie out a bit and make it more palatable.
Greens – Kale or Spinach are best, one or two handfuls. Pack them in your blender first so that they are weighed down by all the other ingredients and blend well. Kale is loaded with Vitamins K, C, A and iron and studies show it has powerful cancer fighting properties.
Now shove in some fruit – whatever you’ve got going on but berries are good and mango is gooderer. Nut butters add protein and bite but can weigh it down. Flaxseed, chia seed and maca powder are all widely available in health food shops and will all add some comic book POW like 60’s era Superman. You can also add cocoa powder, cocoa butter, veggies, sprouts, seeds, ice and all manner of duwhatchalike.
If all that seems a bit daunting then start with the Virgin Smoothie which just takes some elements of the above and is a nice introduction to greens in your glass.
I find most of these recipes make enough for two so you can freeze one for the next day.
Put everything in the blender, Spinach first.
1 Orange Peeled and broken into chunks
1/3 cup Greek yoghurt
1 cup crushed ice
2 handfuls Spinach
Blend! Drink! KAPOW!
Right. Now its time to bring out the BIG GUNS.
1/3 cup Milk
Cup of crushed Ice
2 handfuls Spinach
! tbsp flaxseed/chiaseed
Handful of raspberries/strawberries
Blend! Drink! WALLOP!
Down at the Hop
3 tbsp yoghurt
1-11/2 tbsp coconut oil
2 handfuls spinach/kale
2 tbsp nut butter (almond, peanut etc)
1-11/2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp spirulina
¼ cup milk
Blend! Drink! Sayanara, lethargy!
2 Handfuls Kale
1 tbsp Spirulina
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp yoghurt
1 tbsp chia seed
Blend! Drink! Faster than a Speeding Bullet!
You get the idea, so mix it up and experiment. Try parsley for a fresher taste with cucumber and pear or strawberries, peach and melon in season.
Now all you need is a Superhero name.