Green smoothies. They are all over my Instagram. It’s a love affair that I am unashamed of. I could literally have one of these every morning for the rest of my life and I would never become tired of them.
They aren’t something new to the foodie world and I am by no means claiming to have anything to do with the idea of adding leafy greens to a smoothie. Quite frankly the thought of putting kale or spinach in a smoothie horrified me. Not being one to shy away from a new food craze I whipped up one of these bad boys and after my fist mouthful I was hooked.
My initial smoothies were quite sweet with a small amount of spinach. Now the greens are the main bulk with just a hint of fruitiness. You can really throw in whatever you like. I’m a fan of cherries, blueberries and pineapple but the following has to me my all time favourite.
You can alter the sweetness by adding in some medjool dates, add more fruit, throw in some fruit juice or lessen the quantity of greens. Play around with your own tastes and you’ll find a recipe that’s right for you. It’s taken me several attempts to get this one just right for my little taste buds.
Pineapple Mint Green Smoothie
1 Frozen medium Banana or 1/2 a large banana
1/2 cup of Frozen Pineapple
10 Mint Leaves
2 BIG handfuls of Baby Spinach
1 cup of Coconut Water liquid of choice ( my favourite others are almond milk and coconut milk)
1/4 of and Avocado
Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder (I use vegan blend protein powder)
My favourite toppings: Chia seeds, mulberries, fresh pomegranate, cacao nibs, granola, nut butters, gogi berries.
Simply throw everything into a blender and whizz it up. I put the greens on the bottom as I find if you put the frozen fruit on top so as to not give your blender too much hard work.
You don’t have to put any toppings on but I love the textural difference it adds. The dried fruit when mixed with the frozen smoothies also go crunchy and extra chewy which just drives my senses crazy.
I pretty much ALWAYS serve mine in a bowl these days but it makes the best portable breakfast out there.
What’s your favourite morning smoothie?