My Favourite Green Smoothie

Green smoothies have been insanely popular this month! It’s really awesome to see them popping up in so many places as more and more people get excited about the power of green veggies. I’ve actually become totally addicted to them too over the past few weeks and haven’t had a day without one! I’ve tried a lot of different combinations during this time and have found this one to be the winner. It’s amazingly green thanks to the juiced cucumber and celery yet nicely sweet thanks to the banana, which means that the whole thing doesn’t taste overly veggie! I then add half an avocado and a spoonful of almond butter to make each sip extra specially creamy, plus a little ginger for a kick and some bee pollen for a honey-like touch. If you’re feeling like a total goddess then a spoonful of spirulina is an amazing addition, but if this is your first attempt at the world of green drinks then maybe leave it out for a bit!

So what’s all the hype about green juices for? Green veggies are bursting with chlorophyll which has incredible alkalinising, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits, and so leaves you feeling perfectly energised and refreshed. Cucumbers and celery are also full of antioxidants, which are amazing for your skin, while the avocado is bursting with all the good fats you need to feel amazing. Ginger is an amazing addition to the drink too as it’s deliciously soothing for the stomach and works to aid digestion, while the banana doses you up on potassium which is vital for a healthy heart and blood pressure. I then add in bee pollen and spirulina, as they’re two of the most nutrient dense, healing foods on the planet and contain nearly all the nutrients we need. One of the best things about them is that they’re incredibly rich in plant protein, including B12 which lots of vegans can be short of and eating plant protein at every meal is so important to keep your energy levels consistent. They’re also two of the best things I’ve come across for boosting energy, helping digestion and strengthening the immune system. Honestly each sip of this drinks makes you feel incredible, making one of these every morning takes just five to ten minutes and it really is the best thing you can do for your body – plus it’s delicious! If it’s your first time going green please feel free to add a couple of dates or a little honey to sweeten it up, you’ll still be getting all the goodness and you’ll probably enjoy it more! Likewise if you don’t have spirulina or bee pollen don’t worry, just leave them out.

Serves 1:

– 1 small cucumber

– an inch of ginger

– 2 stalks of celery

– 1 banana

– 1/2 an avocado

– 1 tablespoon of almond butter

Optional:

– a teaspoon of bee pollen

– a teaspoon of spirulina

First juice the cucumber, celery and ginger.

Then pour the juice into a blender and add the banana, avocado and almond butter plus any of the extras you’re using.

Finally blend until smooth and creamy!

Either drink it straight away or store it in an airtight bottle (a water bottle is great) in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you don’t have a juicer then you can put the cucumber and celery into a blender first with a little water, blend them until a smooth liquid forms and then strain the liquid before pouring it into the blender again with the remaining ingredients.