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Energizing Green Smoothie

This energizing green smoothie recipe is exceptionally healthy and filled with whole nutritious ingredients to boost your immune system, energy and focus.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Sara @ Gathering Dreams

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach - (or frozen)
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 small green apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups oat milk - (or almond milk)

Instructions

  • Peel the banana and cut it into chunks.
  • Peel the orange by hand or by using a knife and cut it into pieces.
  • Wash the apple and remove the core (but keep the skin on).
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend the ingredients in a high-speed blender for 1-2 minutes until you get a smooth and creamy texture.
  • Taste the smoothie, adding more oat milk (or almond milk) if it is too thick for your liking.
    Pour into a cup, bottle or mason jar.
  • Enjoy straight away, or store in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

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Notes

Beginners: if this is your first green smoothie, stick to using spinach, as you won't be able to taste it. Once you get more adventurous, you can try kale, swiss chard, lettuce, beet greens or collard greens.
Storage: This green smoothie is best consumed straight after blending. But if you have any leftover, store it in an airtight bottle (I love these small milk bottles) or a mason jar. It will stay fresh for up to 24 hours. Shake it well before consuming it, as the liquid and fruit tend to separate.
Alternatives: Trust me, this is the best green smoothie recipe I tried. But if you feel like you want to try other options, you can experiment with some common substitutes.
  • Instead of oat milk, you can use any other plant-based milk or coconut water to keep this vegan, or use regular milk.
  • Instead of spinach, try some other leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, lettuce, beet greens or collard greens.
  • Try different fruit combinations. You can use 1 1/2 cup of any chopped fruit. The best to use to keep the green color are mango, avocado, pineapple, peaches, kiwi, pears, grapefruit.
  • Use any superfood instead of chia seeds. My favorites are ground flax seeds, bee pollen, cinnamon, nuts or nut butter, acai berry powder, coconut oil, hemp seeds, maca powder or turmeric powder.
Meal prep: you can portion and freeze all the fruit and greens beforehand, and blend them when you are ready. Just keep in mind that by using frozen ingredients your smoothie will be much thicker. Simply add more liquid or let it rest for a bit if it's too solid for you. Or use my trick and put it in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds.
Equipment: I make my smoothies in a cheap blender and it works incredibly well. If you can splurge on a Vitamix, I am sure you'll get even better results but  I am a bit happy to keep things on a budget.
Nutritional values are just an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator and on two servings. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 3416IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 3mg