If there is one food group I’d like to incorporate more into my diet, it’s the humble smoothie.
It is unfortunate how many products in our grocery stores are sold under the guise of a “health halo.” Clever ad campaigns and marketing techniques can paint a misleading picture.
Buzzwords include: “boosted,” “naked”, “fresh,” “balanced,” and of course the classically pervasive “made with natural flavors.”
In reality, many of these drinks contain loads of added sugar and almost always have more than one serving per bottle.
What is an easy (and frankly, cheaper) way to get around this? Make your own!
A green smoothie is a quick way to pack a ton of plant-based nutrients into your diet. The addition of avocado makes it heartily satisfying, while tangy clementine and sweet banana mask any leafy-ness.
I do not find smoothies to be satisfying as full meals, but for a post workout snack? Yes! Afternoon pick-me-up? You bet!
This recipe serves one to two people. If you give it a shot, please leave a comment below with your favorite smoothie variation. I’d love to make more this year🎉
- 1 banana, ideally peeled, sliced, and frozen*
- 1/4 – 1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 2 large handfuls dark greens of choice (I did kale + spinach)
- 1/2 clementine, peeled
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 3/4 – 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 TBS chia or flax seeds (optional)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on high. If it seems too thick, add more almond milk. For a creamier smoothie, add more avocado.
- Portion into serving glasses and top with additional chia seeds, if desired. Best enjoyed immediately.
*If you didn’t have the forethought to freeze your banana (I rarely do), then feel free to just add in a couple of ice cups alongside! This will chill the beverage and give it a thicker texture.