- 1 handful spinach
- 2 cups coconut water
- 1-1.5 cups frozen fruit
- 1 small avocado
- 1 Tbs almond butter
- Blend spinach and coconut water first to make sure that the leaves blend completely.
- Add frozen fruit, avocado, and almond butter and blend on high until smooth.
Whether an on-the-go snack, breakfast, or pre-exercise boost, green smoothies are a way to satisfy that sweet tooth while also enjoying a helping of vegetables.
If you have a high-powered blender, such as Blendtec or Vitamix, you can also add vegetables such as cucumbers or carrots. If not, stick with soft greens (like spinach) to ensure you don’t scar yourself for life by drinking a chunky vegetable mishmash. Also would not recommend extremely pungent greens, like arugula or mustard greens. Bland is the name of the game so that you can trick yourself into eating vegetables. Because let’s be real, the color is hard enough to get over.
If this is a pre-exercise boost:
You’ll want to increase the carbs (to give your body more available energy) and decrease the fat (so you can digest and use that energy quickly) so only use half of the small (keyword small) avocado and increase the amount of frozen fruit.
If this smoothie will be a snack or meal replacement:
Increase the protein to keep you full longer and your blood sugar stable. I would recommend enjoying it with a little leftover chicken or beef jerky (little being the key word, we just want to boost the protein – not dominate it). If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll want a nut + seed + legume or grain combo to make a complete protein. This does not have to be eaten at the same time to get the complete protein benefits, just sometime over the course of a few days, but keep it in mind as you are choosing a protein complement. Since there is already almond butter in the smoothie, up the protein with crunchy chickpea snacks or pumpkin seeds.
And that my friends, is the power of a well-balanced food choice.