Some days we all just need an extra boost of health and this beautiful glass of green goodness is the best way to get it. Finishing this smoothie is seriously one of the most amazing, empowering feelings as you know that you’ve just taken in everything that your body needs and that you’re treating yourself with so much sef-love, which is so important for a healthy happy attitude. If you’re new to healthy eating and are yet to try a green smoothie, just do it – I know that it initially seems so daunting to drink something this colour but trust me, you’ll get addicted to them soon enough! I never thought that I’d be drinking classes of broccoli, avocado and spinach for breakfast before I started my healthy eating adventure but now I just can’t get enough! Don’t worry though, this recipe doesn’t go as far as to contain broccoli and thanks to the blueberries and banana it’s actually nice and sweet so it’s the perfect introduction to green smoothies. It will also give you so much goodness you’ll be glowing and dancing around the room with incredible energy all morning! It literally doses you up on every vitamin and mineral that you could possibly need, thanks to the mighty combination of kale, spinach, blueberries & banana, as well as all the super foods – hemp, chia and flaxseed – did you know that flaxseeds, for example, are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, with just two tablespoons of the ground seeds giving you over 130% of your required daily intake! This awesomeness, however, is trumped by the most amazing ingredient here – spirulina, you might not be familiar with this superfood, so I’ll tell you all about it!
Spirulina is a health-enhancing algae, composed of 62% complete protein, which means that each spoonful of powder gives you a whole four grams of complete protein, so you’ll get all the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce and can sometimes be lacking in an unbalanced plant diet. As well as all the amazing protein each spoon of spirulina also gives you an incredible dose of B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s known to cleanse the liver, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and even discourage allergies! So get drinking, it will do wonders for you mind and body, making you beautiful inside and out.
Makes one glass
– 1 ripe banana
– 1 cup of frozen blueberries (I buy them fresh then freeze them)
– 1 cup of spinach
– 1 cup of kale
– 3/4 of a cup of water/almond milk/coconut water
– 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
– 1 teaspoon of hemp protein powder
– 1 teaspoon of spirulina
Optional: 2 medjool dates (this sweetens it)
Simply place everything together in the blender, peel the banana and pit the dates first though! Then blend for a minute or so until smooth. I like my smoothies thick so that I can eat them with a spoon, so you may want to add more water/almond milk/coconut water if you like it runnier. Then sip, love and enjoy!