While I love my morning coffee like a junkie loves crack (we have a special relationship), I do try to mix things up a little sometimes and will throw a green smoothie into the mix. Particularly if I know I’m going to have a rough day trying to get my health fix in. At least if I start the day with a green smoothie, I feel like I’ve done something healthy for the day.
But there are so many different combinations to choose from it can almost be overwhelming. So, I’m sharing with you some of my favourite green smoothie recipes to kick start your day that I’ve found are not only tasty (because that’s important) but are simple and not too complicated with their ingredients. Again, super important.
It’s also good to mention that a good quality blender makes all the difference. For real. I’ve used cheap, mid range and higher end and it’s true, you really do get what you pay for. I currently use a Vitamix that I love, but they also come with a steep price tag. We use ours all the time though which helps justify the price. I’ve also used a Nutribullet, which was great for the smoothies and did a good job, but we burnt it out pretty quick as it’s not really designed for the amount of use we use it for. That being said, it is a fraction of the price so it’s up to you.
Oh my yum. When it comes to making my smoothies I’m pretty lazy. Seriously, it needs to only have a handful of ingredients otherwise I lose interest. This smoothie hits the spot. And was definitely a favourite of mine while I was craving kiwifruit during my pregnancy.
It also works well because it uses banana, which I always keep in the freezer anyway (for smoothie purposes). I’m really bad with letting my bananas over ripen (I forget I have them) and it turns out… this is a good thing! It means I always have a good supply of smoothie ingredients on hand!
I also use the chia seeds with this as opposed to the oats as I prefer the texture and I like the good kick of Omega’s the chia seeds give me. Plus it’s argued that they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet so you can’t really argue with that.
Anything that makes me feel like I’m going to kick some booty is a winner in my book. I love this smoothie, particularly on warmer days because the pineapple reminds me of summer. I also have a ton of frozen pineapple in my freezer because I bought a whole heap of them when they were in season and super cheap. I freeze them for my smoothies and to defrost and put on my pizza because pineapple on pizza rocks.
As I mentioned, this smoothie has an awesome tropical vibe – the only change I make is that I have to substitute the Greek yoghurt because I am lactose intolerant but I replace it with coconut cream and it is amazeballs. Even more tropical goodness.
Packed full of goodness and packed full of yum!
This is a lovely, delicious fruity smoothie that still has the health benefits of the kale and chia seeds too, but doesn’t taste like you’re drinking your salad. It is amazing.
Thanks to being able to buy frozen fruit all year round, even if you didn’t get a chance to freeze some fruit during the summer months, you can buy your frozen fruit and still enjoy this delicious summery smoothie any time of year.
Um, fat burning? Yes, please! I’m not going to argue with that, especially when it tastes this delicious! After a while, green smoothies can get a little ‘same same’ but when I tried this green smoothie, I was hooked! The addition of ginger is amazing and gives such a lovely little zing!
Michelle also says that it is a great smoothie post partum, which is awesome because I’m always so hungry and thirsty after having a baby! This is going to be my go to smoothie for sure!
Okay, okay, I’m cheating a little bit here but come on…. Smoothie bowls are delicious!
If you have a little extra time in your mornings and you’re not running out the door, a smoothie bowl can be an amazing energy boost and keeps you so full for so long. Especially if you add something like granola as your toppings.
For this one, I substitute the Greek yoghurt for coconut cream again due to not being able to have anything with lactose (grrrr….) and it still tastes amazing. I love how customisable this smoothie bowl is because pretty much anything would taste fantastic with it as a topping. Yum!
Could I really create this list without including our own, extra awesome, extra amazing green smoothie recipe? Uh, no. This is seriously thebombdotcom when it comes to green smoothies. Simple ingredients, super delicious and packs a heck of a healthy punch. Just the way I like it.
If you’re wanting more of a ‘purple/brown doesn’t look so good but still tastes amazing’ smoothie, you can add some fresh or frozen blueberries to the mix too to really kick up those antioxidants. Crazy delicious.
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