My favourite green smoothie
"Creamy" and "delicious" are not usually the words that come to mind when you think of a green smoothie. My clients often cringe at the thought when I suggest to throw in some greens with their next smoothie. Many believe its healthy and they're doing a good thing for their health. Others have it purely because their health kick detox diet has suggested to have one for breakfast.
I suggest....why not have it because it tastes good? Or because it is both quick and satisfying? Don't eat food that you don't enjoy the taste of. Food is meant to be enjoyed! If you don't like the way your green smoothie tastes, why not tweak and test it until you like it? OR...Just try this smoothie. I'm pretty sure you'll love it :)
Food is also there to fuel us and nourish our bodies to work at its optimum. This smoothie provides all the goods. Healthy fats, fibre-rich greens, unrefined carbs, omega-3's and plant protein. The perfect concoction of nutrients to fuel and fill you up. It contains 18.5g protein and 376 calories so its ideal as a meal or a post-workout snack to repair your muscle fibres and replenish the muscle glycogen stores. And dare I say it, creamy and delicious. Well, go give it a try then...
1 frozen banana
1 large handful baby spinach (or greens of choice)
1 heaped tablespoon hemp seeds (or chia seeds but it won't be as creamy)*
juice of half a lemon
1 cup coconut water (plain water or almond milk will do as a substitute)
Blend everything until smooth and enjoy with an extra sprinkle of hemp seeds on top or with a lemon wedge on the side in a cocktail glass by the pool! Fancy.
*if you have no idea what the heck hemp seeds are, here is a quick overview written by a Dietitian from the US. She will tell you exactly what they are and how they compare to other seeds like chia and flax.