After travelling through Europe and New York for the last four months of 2012, I needed a bit of a detox to get my body back working at its optimum. I decided to introduce green smoothies into my morning ritual to ensure I started my day off the best way possible.
Don’t worry, I am sure many of you are thinking ‘why would she want to blend up vegetables and drink them for breakfast?’. I’ll have to admit, when I first heard about green smoothies I was skeptical too.
However, I’ve been having one-a-day since the start of this year and I have noticed so many improvements in my energy, health and mental clarity. The green smoothies are also rich in chlorophyll which purifies the blood, enhances the immune system and rejuvenates the body.
I like to start my day off with a glass of lemon + warm water, followed by my green smoothie. The glass of lemon + warm water acts a natural detox for your body and aids with digestion, which is important so your body can absorb as many nutrients as possible from of the food you’re eating.
I use a variety of fruits and vegetables everyday to mix up the flavour and to keep it interesting.
Frozen mangoes are a staple in my smoothies as they ensure a creamy consistency instead of a grassy one.
Acai powder (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) comes from the acai berry which is one of the most antioxidant rich superfoods. I also use aloe vera juice as it assists with skin rejuvenation and overall detoxification of the body. Both can be purchased from most health food stores.
As you can see, once all the ingredients have been blended together it is vibrant green in colour. It makes you feel healthy by just looking at it!
It is best to drink it immediately or to store it in a glass jar (see photo below) until consumed before the end of the day.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups baby spinach, washed
- 1 cup mint, leaves only, wash and pat dry with paper towel
- 2 green apples, cored and chopped
- 2 passion fruits, pulp and seeds only
- 1 cup celery, washed
- 1 cup broccoli, washed
- 2 cups mango flesh, frozen
- 1 TBSP acai powder
- 2 TBSP aloe vera juice
*See notes below
- Add water, baby spinach and mint to the blender. Start blender on a low speed, mix until smooth.
- Add apples, passion fruit, celery and broccoli, and gradually increase the speed.
- Add mango, acai and aloe vera juice, and blend until all combined. Serve and enjoy all the goodness the green smoothie has to offer.
- Note: the green smoothie can be made with any ingredients to suit your taste buds. Additions/substitutions I commonly use are:
- Water for coconut water
- Baby spinach leaves for kale, lettuce and/or bokchoy
- Mint for parsley, coriander and/or basil
- Fruit: pineapple, kiwi fruit, watermelon, blueberries, paw paw, banana, avocado, lemon, berries, any fruit really
- Vegetables: zucchini, ginger, cucumber
- Avocado – this also makes the smoothie creamy
I always ensure I make extra so I can take it to university or work for a snack throughout the day. I take it in a glass jar over a plastic bottle as it’s easier to clean and it does not leach any chemicals.
There isn’t a day that goes by where I haven’t been asked a question about it or been given a strange look from someone whilst drinking it in public. When I explain what it is, so many people are really interested and intrigued to try it.
Have you ever had a green smoothie? What are your favourite ingredients for it?