Green Power Smoothie
Start your day with this tasty, filling and healthy green power smoothie! This green smoothie recipe takes 5 minutes to make and is packed with fruit and vegetables, protein, fibre, and healthy fat.
As a Registered Dietitian, I appreciate a good green smoothie because it’s a quick and easy way to add vegetables to your diet without having to actually chew or taste a heaping amount of greens. Don’t get me wrong, I like my leafy greens. Some days I just don’t feel like eating them as much as others, which is where this smoothie comes in.
Cue my favourite green power smoothie. I call it a “power smoothie” because it’s packed with all the components of a healthy, balanced meal. It’s got carbohydrates, fibre, protein, healthy fat, fruits AND veggies. Oh, and it’s super delicious! A dietitian’s dream!
Power Green Smoothie Benefits:
This smoothie boasts a handful of benefits that go beyond just nutritional ones! Here are some of the benefits that this green smoothie recipe offers:
- It’s an easy and healthy breakfast or snack recipe. On the go? You can prepare this smoothie the night before and take it out the door with you. Alternatively, you can add the non-liquid ingredients to a freezer bag or “smoothie pack” and keep it in the freezer overnight. In the morning, add contents and your liquid to a blender, and you’re done!
- It’s balanced and satisfying. You’re much less likely to feel hungry after this green power smoothie than one made of just fruit and vegetables. Thanks to the protein powder, healthy fats from hemp seeds and avocado, and fibre from he spinach, the smoothie will digest slower, and this will keep you full and satisfied for longer.
- You can adapt this recipe to your liking. Feel free to switch up the fruits, greens, and seeds with whatever you have on hand. Have flax seeds instead of hemp? Kale instead of spinach? Feel free to use them!
How to Make the Healthiest Green Smoothie:
If you want to know how to make a healthy smoothie, here’s my formula for a balanced and healthy green smoothie recipe:
- Frozen fruit. I always add some sort of frozen fruit to my smoothies. This recipe calls for banana (fresh or frozen) and frozen mango and pineapple. I like frozen fruit over fresh in smoothies because it makes them colder, thicker, and creamier.
- Spinach or Kale. You can’t make a green smoothie without something green! My go-to’s are dark leafy greens like spinach and/or kale. Fresh or frozen will work here too. The dark leafy greens like spinach and kale add fibre, vitamin K, vitamin a, potassium, magnesium and iron to your smoothie.
- Healthy Fat. Healthy fats make smoothies more satiating, which means they’ll help us feel full afterwards. This recipe calls for avocado (fresh or frozen) and hemp seeds, but you can also add nut butter, or additional seeds like chia or flax.
- Protein. Protein also adds staying power to our smoothie so we’re not hungry and reaching for a snack 30 minutes later. For protein, I like to add a vanilla protein powder or greek yogurt. Dairy and soy milk are also good liquid sources of protein.
Green Smoothie Ingredients:
To make this green power smoothie recipe, you’ll need:
- Ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
- Frozen mango and/or pineapple
- Spinach or kale
- Vanilla protein powder
- Hemp seeds
- Milk of your choice
Substitution & Addition Suggestions:
You can substitute the following ingredients if they better suit your preferences/the ingredients you have on hand.
- Kale – for spinach
- Frozen peaches – for frozen mango/pineapple
- Chia or flax seeds – for hemp seeds
- Water – for the milk of choice
- 1 cup greek yogurt – for protein powder
You can also add any of these things in addition to the recommended green power smoothie ingredients:
- Frozen cauliflower
- Chia or flax seeds
- Almond butter or peanut butter
- A splash of orange juice
Can You Make this Recipe Ahead of Time?
This smoothie is best served immediately, but you can prepare it the night before and store it in the fridge in a sealed container like a mason jar. The smoothie will keep well in the fridge for approximately 2 days.
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Green Power Smoothie
- 1 medium banana, fresh or frozen
- 3 cups spinach, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups frozen mango and/or pineapple
- 1/2 medium avocado, fresh or frozen
- 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds, can sub for chia or flax seeds (learn hemp seeds' nutrition benefits)
- 2 cups milk of choice, can sub for water
- optional ingredients: 1-2 tbsp nut butter like almond butter or peanut butter
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Ensure blender lid is secure and then blend until smooth.
- Enjoy immediately or store in refrigerator up to 2 days.