This green smoothie is your new go-to - whether you're feeling low-energy, like you have poor digestion or just like you need a green boost. The recipe below makes enough for four 16oz. servings but I'll usually drink a full liter at once (for extra health, you know) - the leftovers store well in the fridge, although you will notice some separation, just shake it up and be on your way.
After drinking this smoothie I instantly feel more alert, balanced and nourished - my digestion improves and I (almost) feel like running up a mountain. It sort of has the same effect as coffee.... but better for you and well, green. This smoothie isn't super sweet and that's kind of the point - it is designed to be nutrient packed but still super tasty. If it's too tart for you, you can always add a date or two to help round out the flavor.
In my opinion adding fresh herbs makes this smoothie, they add a freshness that just can't be beat - I like parsley, cilantro and mint because they are ideal for digestion but you can add whatever you have on hand.
Adding nuts is optional but I do urge you to consider it as plenty of research shows that the fat soluble nutrients in greens is better absorbed in the body when consumed with a healthy source of fat. Brazil nuts are my go-to because they also give me my daily dose of selenium.
The best part about a green smoothie like this is that it is totally customizable - the measurements below are my rough guide for creating a balanced, nourishing, great tasting smoothie but I urge you to adapt the recipe to match what you have on hand and what tastes best to you. I love the combination below as a guideline but I often make a green smoothie when I know I need to clean out the fridge and therefore it's always a little different. I sometimes like to add cucumber for extra hydration, chia seeds for better digestion, maca powder for hormonal balance, banana for sweetness and potassium or avocado for an extra creamy boost. Listen to your body and add what feels right to you - as long as you have a balance of greens, sweet fruit, acidic fruit and liquid you really can't go wrong!
What do you like to add to your green smoothies?
Serves: 4 16 oz. servings • Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 2 packed cups fresh spinach or kale
- 1 full head romaine lettuce
- handful parsley
- handful cilantro
- handful mint
- 2" knob ginger, no need to peel
- 1 large grapefruit or 2 lemons, rind removed
- 3/4-1 cup fresh/frozen mango or peaches for similar flavor
- 2-3 cups water or coconut water
- 2 brazil nuts or 2 tbsp any other nut/nut butter
1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high until fully incorporated - you may need to use the tamper to help move the ingredients.
2. To enjoy immediately, pour over ice or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.