If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love a green smoothie. About a year ago, at the advice of my friend Kezia of Supernaturally Healthy, I introduced a daily green smoothie to my diet.
Kezia recommends adding good foods in one at a time instead of focusing on cutting bad ones out. The more good stuff you add in to your diet, the less room there is for the bad stuff, and eventually, everything is the good stuff. But you don’t feel like you’re being deprived, because you haven’t been focusing on “abstaining” – you’ve been adding good thing on top of good thing, until everything’s a “good thing.”
To help you get started, I thought I’d share my go-to, no-fail green smoothie recipe, because it’s really so easy. I have a Magic Bullet, but any strong blender will do the job!
- 1 cup almond milk (I also use coconut milk or coconut water)
- half a banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (cocoa powder will do!)
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Cram it all in your blender and whizz it up!
*I buy my chia seeds and cacao powder in big bags at Costco.
*If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, go ahead and use a whole banana or a full teaspoon of honey. I started with more honey and the longer I’ve been drinking them, the less sweet I like them.
*Go crazy! Experiment with different liquids. I sometimes use coconut water, coconut milk, or even water – although I add more banana or honey if I use water since it’s not quite as flavourful.
*Mix up your veggies. Hate spinach? Don’t have any spinach? Try kale, courgette (that’s zucchini to you Yankees), cucumber…any green will do! And I promise with all those other yummy flavours in there, you can’t taste the green stuff. It’s like how I sneak broccoli into my kids’ pesto pasta – THEY’LL NEVER KNOW…and neither will you.