Green smoothies are easy, delicious and nutritious! What’s not to love?

I have been a big fan of green smoothies for over a decade now. I used to whip up a quick and simple green smoothie every few weeks if I felt like my diet had been lacking in leafy greens. I have always found green smoothies to be an easy way for me to ensure that I am getting plenty of veg in my diet.

Leafy greens are pretty much the healthiest foods you can eat. They are a wonderful source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Plus, when blended, the nutrients from fruits and veggies become easier for the body to absorb, maximizing their nutritional benefits. Drinking green smoothies, as opposed to green juices, also have the added benefit of fiber.

Recently my interest in these delicious drinks has gone from occasional lover to full blown, stage-five-clinger, obsessed.

Gone are the days of having the occasional green smoothie. I have discovered that having a daily green smoothie is the perfect breakfast! It is quick to make, tastes absolutely amazing and it keeps me full and energized until lunch.

Being a mum of an energetic toddler has made me more conscious of fueling and nourishing my body with the energy and nutrients it needs. And since I rarely have time for a sit down breakfast, (you try eating a bowl of porridge whilst simultaneously feeding a toddler, packing a lunch box and dancing to the baby shark song!) green smoothies are the perfect solution!

As an additional bonus, I have discovered that green smoothies are beloved by toddlers! As a health conscious mum, I always endeavour to to get my little one to eat plenty of veggies, however leafy greens have always proven tricky. It has been a jackpot to discover that I can easily get a daily serve of leafy greens into him with green smoothies.

My top 3 favorite Green Super Smoothie Recipes!

When making a green smoothie you need to decide if this is a going to be a super snack or a whole meal. If, for example, your green smoothie is going to be your breakfast then it needs to contain sufficient calories and it should aim to be a balanced meal.

The first two smoothie recipes listed below can be consumed as a wholesome meal. Each one contains a nutritious balance of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. They each contain approximately 310 calories.

The last smoothie recipe is a perfect nutritious snack or meal addition, to get your quick fix of leafy greens.

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter

  • large handful of baby spinach
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of natural peanut butter
  • 1 heaped scoop of salted caramel protein powder
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • water

Choc Banana

  • large handful of baby spinach
  • 1 medium sized banana
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of Cacao Super Spread
  • 1 heaped scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • water

Super Simple Mango

  • large handful of baby spinach
  • 1.5 cups of frozen mango
  • water

Smoothie Tips

  • Freeze your fruit! I love having a stock of frozen bananas and mango in the freezer. It means that I always have fruit available for my smoothies and I don’t need to add any ice to make them cold.
  • Depending on the power of your blender you might need to blend your spinach and water/milk together first to avoid leafy chunks. I recently purchased a Nutribullet and that baby can liquify anything! But for years before that I used a super cheap blender which did the job just fine. I just needed to blend the ingredients in stages which only took an extra couple of seconds.
  • When adding water, I just fill up to the full line of my Nutribullet, but it is up to your own personal preference on how thick you want your smoothie to be. Start with one cup of water and add more if it’s too thick.
  • When making green smoothies for kids, I leave out the protein powder and use full cream milk instead of skim milk or water. You could also use almond milk for a dairy-free substitute.

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Love Phoebe

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