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Go-To Green Smoothie

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. 

 

LIGHT & LOVE, LIVECLEAN KITCHEN

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Healthy Vegan Shamrock Shake

Confession: I actually haven't ever had a real, McDonalds Shamrock Shake BUT I've done a lot of research and talked to a lot of people who enjoyed them in years past. To be honest, I have always wondered why that glowing green milkshake tasted like mint and vanilla - "what does that have to do with St. Pattys?", I would wonder. But, the more fun side of me embraces the Shamrock shake as a totally made up kitchy American tradition that people who crave healthier, plant based options should get to enjoy as well.

When developing this recipe I wanted it to be as nourishing as possible while still being a totally dessert-like indulgence that hit all the same flavor notes as the original (minus the processed grossness). My version only contains whole food, plant based ingredients - thats right, no food coloring, dairy or artificial flavors here ...and, according to those who have tasted a Shamrock shake, this version totally has it going on. This thing is frothy, creamy and totally shake-like, even though it is technically a smoothie. 

The recipe involves many green ingredients to ensure the color is as Irish (?) as possible - zucchini, spinach, mint and avocado - yes, Irish.  By the way, if you've never tried zucchini in your smoothies, you really should - it adds the same creamy texture as bananas but without the sweetness - great for those times you want to keep things lower in the glycimic index. The avocado adds to the richness and the mint give it the classic 'shamrock-i-ness'.

The traditional drive-thru shake is topped with whipped cream and cherry but I opted for a drizzle of vegan chocolate shell because who doesn't the combination of mint and chocolate?...Sounds better than mint and cherry to me. LOL

Anyway, let me know if you try my healthy, plant based version of a Shamrock shake and how it compares to the original.


Serves: 1-2 (depends of if you want it as a meal or a snack) • Prep Time: 5 min


Healthy Vegan Shamrock Shake

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 small frozen zucchini
  • 1 packed cup spinach leaves
  • Handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup plant milk
  • 2-4 ice cubes, depending on how icy you want it
  • 2 pitted medjool dates (or sub maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1/4 avocado

Vegan Chocolate Shell

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. coco powder
  • 1 tsp. sweetenner of choice

1. In a high speed blender, add all ingredients except avocado and blend on high till frothy and well combined. 

2. Once fully blended, plus in the avocado till just combined and the mixture is icy and creamy.

NOTE: Blending the avocado in at the last second is optional, you can totally chuck it in to start but from testing I realized that resulting texture is a bit too whipped and fluffy if your goal is to stay true to milkshake texture. 

3. Add to a chilled glass and top with chocolate shell or vegan whipped cream!

A leprechaun stole me shake! Just kidding, I drank it all. 

A leprechaun stole me shake! Just kidding, I drank it all. 

 

LIGHT & LOVE, LIVECLEAN KITCHEN

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