The Green Smoothie: Take 1
The first time I tried to drink a Green Smoothie was when we returned from a holier in Spain and France. We had spent two weeks eating cheese, bread and pizza, all washed down by a steady stream of red wine. (oh God I love cheese and pizza. Maybe this wellness thing isn’t for me?!… Focus Eimear focus!!)
My poor system was crying out for some fruit and veg. So I decided to try what my Wellness blogs were preaching and set out making this famous Green Smoothie they all rave about. I mixed the following:
- A handful of spinach
- Kale (which, by the way, I had never seen before, never mind bought or tasted)
- Almond milk
- A teaspoon of bee pollen
- A teaspoon of spirulina
- A teaspoon of Maca
The Green Smoothie: Take 2
As with all heartbreaks, time was a great healer, and after a while (I’m talking months here) I began venturing back to the Green Smoothie. All the research I was doing was pointing away from fruit filled smoothies due to their high sugar content (know this: a regular fruit based smoothie can be equal to 6 spoonfuls of sugar!!) and pointing me towards the green plant based, ‘super smoothie’!
I started back by just building up the green content slowly, e.g. adding small handfuls of spinach to regular fruit smoothies. And I am now proud to officially say I’m a Green Smoothie Convert! I’m sneakily getting 3/4 of my 5 Fruit & Veg a day into my system in a fast, effective and fun way and they taste is amazing. Honestly! Don’t get put off by the green colour!
Green = Good!!
Today I make (on my Kenwood ‘Smoothie To Go’) and voluntarily drink a delicious Green Smoothie regularly, it consists of the following:
- 1 glug or two of almond milk (sans sugar)/ or coconut water
- 1 handful of washed spinach
- Thumb length section of pealed cucumber
- 1 Banana
- Another fruit of choice (I add another from a peeled apple/ pear to mixed frozen berries from the freezer)
- 1 spoonful of a Linwoods mix (I use the probiotic and flaxseed one and bought it for €7 in Dunnes)
- 1 spoonful of chia seeds
- 1 tbls of spirulina (a green superfood- found in most health food stores)
Go ooooooon, give it a go!