Healthy green smoothies are most definitely on my list of “favourite things ever”; right up there with kittens, golden retrievers and those rare moments of collective human consciousness when humans work together to try and stop someone jumping the traffic queue. Nutritionally speaking, smoothies are an easy, fuss-free way to smash some nutrients while on the go (or while on the lazy train). Green smoothies are also a really amazing way to sneak in some extra greens and if made properly, it won’t be like you are drinking a salad. I do feel like I haven’t written anything particularly revolutionary yet and I also feel like I am not the only member in the “smoothies 4 lyf” fan club. What is revolutionary, though, is my NutriBullet. It was life changing because the only draw back of smoothie making (in my opinion) was the hack of cleaning a massive smoothie jug. Invariably I ended up ‘leaving it to soak’ in the sink (AKA praying someone else would wash it for me) or washing it (and myself) and feeling grumpy about it.
Anyway,if you have a NutriBullet you know why I love it and if you don’t you should really consider getting one and then you will know why I love it. This smoothie is one of my go-to breakfasts during the week, especially after an early morning gym or yoga session. It’s really important to give your body a combination of carbs and protein directly after exercise. Yes, you NEED carbs post exercise because carbs are the little doo-dats that carry the protein to your muscles in order for them to rebuild.
High Protein Green Smoothie Recipe
1 full handful baby spinach
1 Tbsp sugar free peanut butter or almond butter
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tsp raw cacao
1/2 to 1 serving of protein – this is completely optional. However, if you happen to be a boet or a gym-rat then this is a must. I usually only add the extra protein if I am having this as a post-workout breakfast, but either way, ’tis delicious.
Cinnamon and honey to taste
Coconut and rice milk (the new one from Woolies it’s amazing) or almond milk or water
1. Throw everything in the blender and press blend. The End.
2. I’m kidding. There is an art to this and it all comes down to the glory that is the NutriBullet. As you’ll know if you have one, the first thing to go in is the greens (baby spinach), followed by the banana, nut butter, all the dry ingredients, the ice and then your liquid.
3. Ice is what makes these smoothies really thick – if you are looking for a smoothie bowl consistency – add more ice.
4. Enjoy 🙂
Please share your favourite smoothie recipes with me! Tag me in your creations on Instagram – I’d love to see what you get up to.