Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed my post last week on all things smoothies and how to make them to fit your tastes. Today I’m here to share with you the signature green smoothie of Our Body Book community- The Body Book ™ Green Smoothie!
When I was developing a recipe for this it was a challenging job with all the taste testing ;). I wanted something not only Cameron would love; but a smoothie that was light, refreshing, and of course nourishing. I came up with a delicious green smoothie where you can add-on a couple ingredients to make the base smoothie into a more substantial meal or a bit “heavier” to keep you full for longer.
Why add in greens? I understand drinking something green may be a bit intimidating or unappealing to some of you if you’ve never tried it, but I promise you won’t taste any “green” in this smoothie and you’ll be getting all of the benefits of consuming greens! Green leafy vegetables are incredibly important in our diets, they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (hey beauty food!), and anti-inflammatory compounds to keep our bodies healthy, strong, and nourished.
The Body Book ™ Green Smoothie is full of nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, several B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, calcium, healthy fats, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. All in one delicious glass!
THE BODY BOOK GREEN SMOOTHIE
2 cups organic spinach
1 ½ cups filtered water
½ frozen banana
½ organic green apple
¼ large avocado (or ½ of a small avocado)
juice of 1 meyer lemon/regular lemon
dash of cinnamon
stevia to sweeten (optional)
Simply combine all ingredients in a high speed blender/vitamix/blendtec, etc. until smooth and creamy. You can adjust the texture by adding in more water if needed (more water = thinner).
Nutrition Information for 1 smoothie (with no add-ins): 230-250 calories, 20-25g carbohydrate, 9g of fat, and 8g of protein
Looking to boost the calories or protein? Here is a list of the add-ins I recommend for making The Body Book ™ Green Smoothie a meal. Note, you can use all of these mentioned or a couple, the choice is yours and depends on your individual needs.
- Add in 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
- With protein powders, look for quality ingredients, ones you can recognize and pronounce. If you’re consuming dairy, opt for organic and grass-fed whey proteins if possible. If you’re vegan or non-dairy, some of my favorites are Sunwarrior, Garden of Life, and Vega Sport, and Hemp protein.
- Add in 1 whole banana
- Add in 1 whole green apple
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of organic almond butter
- Add in an extra 1-2 cups of spinach
- Add in coconut water instead of filtered water
Looking for a lower sugar variation? Replace the banana used, with a 1/2 cup of ice + stevia to sweeten + ½ avocado instead of just ¼ avocado.
I hope you all enjoy this smoothie as much as I do! Have you ever tried green smoothies before? Share below!
Share your Green Smoothie on social media with the hashtag #TBBGreenSmoothie.
Eat well, live well, be well
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN