Vegan Green Smoothie

I am the traditional toast-for-brekkie or Indian food kinda girl. Have been for several years. You wouldn’t have caught me having a smoothie for breakfast; anyone who’d try to sell me the concept of smoothies for breakfast would have a mocking remark about what a joke of a meal that was.

I couldn’t be more further from the truth! I am going to blame it on my untrained palate that was treated to only spicy & savoury meal first thing in the morning.

Thankfully, that has changed and now smoothies have become a frequent part of my meal plans. I enjoy the convenience of them but most of all I love how I can pack in more raw fruits and vegetables in my day in smoothies.

Here is one of them I love and include often each week. Don’t be put off by the thought of a green smoothie; it is delicious, nutritious and family friendly. If you’re trying to convince your kids, tell them it’s Hulk juice or something like that! 😉

Ingredients

  • Baby spinach – 1 tightly packed cup
  • Green apple or Granny Smith apple – 1, cored
  • Coconut water – 250 ml
  • Frozen banana – 1/2
  • Mint – 4 sprigs
  • Almond meal – 1 tablespoon*

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Add some water while blending if you like your smoothie thin.


Tips:

  • Frozen banana is amazing to thicken smoothies and cold beverages. Chuck over ripe or browned bananas in a freezer-safe container and use it as required.
  • If you’re allergic to bananas or don’t have it frozen, you may replace it with 1/4 of an avocado to make the smoothie creamy.
  • *To make it more ‘bulky’ you could add a serving of plant-based protein powder (or whey protein powder if you prefer the dairy alternative).
  • You may add sweeteners if you like but the apple takes care of the sweetening bit.

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