Start your day off with a tasty, healthy and filling green power smoothie! This easy smoothie recipe is packed with all the healthy ingredients you need to feel full and energized in the morning. Vegan and gluten-free!
I’ve always loved a good green smoothie. Mainly because it’s a super quick and easy way to add greens to my diet without having to actually chew or taste a large amount of greens. Don’t get me wrong, I like leafy greens. Some days I just don’t feel like eating them as much as others.
Cue my favourite green power smoothie. I like to call it a “power smoothie” because it’s packed with all the components of a balanced, healthy meal or snack. It’s got carbohydrates, fibre, protein, healthy fat, fruits AND veggies! A dietitian’s dream!
Why You’ll Love This Green Power Smoothie:
It’s an easy and portable meal or snack! On the go? Prep this smoothie the night before and take it out the door! You can also add all the non-liquid ingredients to a baggy or “smoothie pack” and place in the freezer overnight. In the morning, add contents of the baggy and your liquid to a blender and you’re done!
It’s satisfying. You’re less likely to feel hungry after this green power smoothie than one made of just fruit & veggies. Thanks to the ingredients like hemp seeds and avocado, we’re slowing down our digestion + absorption of the smoothie. This keeps us fuller for longer!
You can customize it to your liking. Feel free to change up the fruits, greens and seeds with whatever you have at the moment. Want to add protein powder? Do it! Have flax seeds instead of hemp? Go ahead and use them!
How to Make a Green Power Smoothie:
I’ve hinted to this already, but here’s my little formula:
Frozen fruit! I almost always add a frozen banana and at least one other fruit to my smoothies. This one calls for frozen banana and frozen mango. I typically go for frozen over fresh because it makes my smoothie colder and creamier.
Greens! You can’t have a green power smoothie without something green! My go-to’s are spinach and/or kale. Fresh or frozen will work here! Like fruit, greens add various micronutrients and fibre.
Healthy Fat. As mentioned, healthy fats make our smoothie more satiating, keeping us fuller longer. This recipe calls for avocado (fresh or frozen), but you could also add nut butter or seeds like chia or flax.
Protein. Again, protein is going to add staying power to our smoothie so we’re not reaching for a snack 30 minutes later. For protein, I like to add hemp seeds, protein powder or greek yogurt. Dairy and soy milk are also good liquid sources of protein.
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Green Power Smoothie
- 1/2 medium frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/4 medium avocado fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 cups spinach or kale fresh or frozen
- 1-2 tbsp hemp hearts also known as hemp seeds
- 1 cup milk of choice
- optional ingredients: 1 tbsp nut butter or 1 serving of vanilla protein powder
- 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.