Spring is around the corner, and as March begins we’re feeling brighter and lighter when it comes to mealtime. Sure we still love a hot, cooked breakfast – but as the weather warms up and blossoms appear on the trees, we’re feeling like a fresh start is exactly what our morning routine needs. Our love of smoothies is no secret, but there’s something about green smoothies that are especially perfect this time of year. Here are three of our faves.
#1 – Green Dream Smoothie from Tara Stiles
1 large handful of spinach
1 cup of almond milk – sweetened or unsweetened
1. Blitz in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.
Makes 1 smoothie.
Nutritional info for 1 smoothie using sweetened almond milk*: Calories 205 | Fat 2g | Protein 3g | Carbs 47g
Nutritional information is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator.
*Sugar Tip: If you’re looking to cut out extra sugar, you can substitute unsweetened almond milk, and make sure to use an overripe banana to bump up the natural sweetness.
#2 – Lea’s Green Goddess Smoothie
Check out the video and watch Trainer Lea whip up one of her favorite flavor combos (recipe follows below)!
2 cups coconut milk (you can start with 1 cup and add more to get the consistency you prefer)
1 cup (or handful) blueberries
2 cups spinach (2 big handfuls are a great way to get extra veggies in your day!)
1 tablespoon flax seed
1 inch of peeled ginger root
½ small avocado
1 serving protein powder of your choice (aim to get 20-30g of protein)
1. Put ingredients in your blender in order listed, then blitz until creamy. Enjoy!
Makes 1 complete meal serving.
Nutritional info: Calories 433 | Fat 19g | Protein 25g | Carbs 43g
Nutritional information is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator and based on 1.5 cups of coconut milk, and unsweetened, unflavored protein powder.
#3 – Tropical Green Protein Smoothie from The Washington Post
And now for something completely different… this smoothie gets its sweetness from apple juice, fresh pineapple, and frozen mango. The protein source is plant-based, too! Cooked, frozen lentils pack the protein punch in this blended drink; make sure you blend completely until smooth, and we think you’ll enjoy the fresh taste!
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 cups lightly packed spinach leaves
1/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup cooked, frozen lentils, any variety (see headnote)
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1. Combine the apple juice, coconut oil, spinach, pineapple, frozen lentils and frozen mango in a blender; puree until smooth.
2. Divide among glasses; serve right away.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutritional info: Calories 210 | Fat 8g | Protein 5g | Carbs 32g
Nutritional information is provided by The Washington Post.
Do you have a favorite green smoothie recipe to share? Let us know in the comments below!
– Team Fitstar