I don’t know about you, but I love starting the day off with a smoothie. My appetite isn’t always the biggest for the first meal of the day (but believe me, boy does it grow after!), so a refreshing and light smoothie is the perfect kick start to the morning. Sometimes with green drinks, I’m not too sure how the flavour is going to taste. Anyone else chugged back a green juice that tastes kind of like dirt, but you keep going because you know it’s healthy for you? I feel ya. But fear not! With this recipe you’re drinking up tons of health benefits, but the best part is that it actually tastes amazing. I honestly have one every morning, and still love drinking it, and I get bored of the same food easily. There’s just something about this one that I can’t get enough of, which is why it has become my go to green smoothie recipe. Check out the benefits of the ingredients and the recipe card below!
Spinach: A super food loaded with nutrients such as protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals to name a few.
Banana: High in potassium, bananas are good for our hearts and keep electricity flowing through our bodies, plus they help get rid of that green taste which is a bonus.
Mango: High in Vitamin C and beta-carotene which can help boost the immune system, and very low in saturated fat. Plus, I just love mango.
(Coconut) Greek Yogurt: A good source of bone-building calcium, plus greek yogurt is made by separating out the liquid whey, which gives it a thicker texture, but with fewer carbohydrates and sugar, and more protein than regular yogurt.
Coconut Water: Low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free, more potassium than four bananas, and super hydrating, this makes an excellent base for any smoothie. Make sure you use 100% natural coconut water (not from concentrate) to avoid added in preservatives and sweetners. Also make sure it is not pasteurized – this process destroys a bunch of the good stuff in order to prolong shelf life.
Coconut Oil: Call me crazy, but I’m sure we are all aware of the many benefits of coconut oil and how many ways it can be used. Adding it to the smoothie delivers a healthy fat boost, and also makes the texture smooth and creamy.
Bee Pollen: My favourite component, and a super-house ingredient that also gives a nice sweetness to the smoothie. Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein and is considered to be one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. I picked it up at Community Foods, but if you don’t have bee pollen you could use raw honey to sweeten things up as well.
Keep in mind you can always play around with portions of ingredients – if you like a super cold smoothie maybe add more mango or even ice cubes. Let me know if you try this guy out and become addicted like I have!
Until next time,