When I first looked at recipes for green smoothies I thought there was no way I’d be able to drink it but I have been pleasantly surprised! This is a great way to your greens and start the day feeling refreshed.
Start your day with a Green Goodness smoothie
Spinach is a good source of fibre, vitamin A and K, and iron. Celery adds flavour and is also a source of Vitamin K. Ginger also adds to the flavour, it settles any nerves I feel in my tummy and has anti-inflammatory benefits. Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections. Lemon Juice balances out the taste by providing the acidity. Lemon juice is high in vitamin C, aids in digestion and can help balance you body’s pH.
- 1 cup water
- A handful of washed Baby Spinach
- 3 Celery Fingers
- 1 tsp Fresh minced ginger
- 1 slice of Lemon, skin & seeds removed (or lemon juice from the bottle but fresh is best)
- 1/2 green apple with skin (optional – I’ve started leaving out the apple to remove the fructose element)
Sometimes I soak a tsp of chia seeds overnight in the cup of water – this does alter the taste but it’s good for you!
- In a blender, add the water, then spinach, celery, apple and ginger.
- Blend until smooth.
I have my green smoothie first thing on a morning (even before a cup of tea) and then when I get to work I have some oats, yogurt or an oat smoothie.
What I love most about the Green Goodness smoothie is that it starts my day out on a healthy note. The heat from the ginger soothes any pre-work day anxiety/nerves and I just feel light and refreshed!
Definitely give it a try and let me know how you find it.
This ‘Healthy-Tasting’ Smoothie is packed with superfoods! It’s no Chocolate Milkshake but when enjoyed cold, this healthy drink leaves you feeling light and refreshed.
- Strawberries: One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C—about half of your daily requirement. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant.
- Apples: Are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Spinach: Is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline.
- Whey Protein Powder: Milk is made of two proteins, casein and whey. Whey protein can be separated from the casein in milk or formed as a by-product of cheese making. Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content.
- Cinnamon: Is rich in antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory properties. Cinnamaldehyde, the main active component of cinnamon, may help fight various kinds of infection.
- Ground Flaxseed: (Also called linseeds) are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.
- Chia Seeds: Are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
- Goji Berries: Are high in vitamin C and fiber, and low in calories. They are also a good source of iron and vitamin A.
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- 1/2 Golden Delicious Apple – Chopped into smaller chunks, with skin
- 1/2 Cup Rinsed Baby Spinach
- 2 Tbsp Whey Protein Powder (Or Lactose free alternative)
- 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Flaxseed
- 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Goji Berries
- 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Powder (I’ve only found this one from Woolworths)
- 1 Tsp Xylitol
- 1 Cup Cold Water
- 1/2 Cup Ice Cubes
- Place all the ingredients, starting with the liquid first, into your blender. Blend until smooth.