My favourite way to start the day, when I have the extra time to invest in actually making breakfast for myself, is a green smoothie. There are dozens of recipes out there, but the one I find myself making the most is based on my favourite drink from a local juice bar, which I will share with you here. Combining bananas, green grapes, and green apples with kale and avocado, and sweetened with a touch of date syrup, this delicious green smoothie can be given an extra pick me up by adding your choice of health boost such as spirulina, pea or hemp protein powder, or even ground flax/chia/hemp seeds or walnuts.
The best thing is that making this smoothie (aside from that my 3 year old will happily drink it) is that preparing it is as simple as throwing your ingredients in the blender and pulsing until you get to a smooth consistency. Smoothie too thick? Add some more soy milk or a couple of ice cubes and blend for another 30 seconds. You’ll also want to adjust the amount of sweetener to your taste.
Where I live there is a lot of pesticide use so I always wash my fruits/veggies with a produce wash like this one, leaving them to soak for a good 2 minutes and rinsing well before starting to prepare anything.
Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!
- 2 ripe bananas (frozen is also ok)
- ⅓ cup green grapes
- 2 granny smith apples, juiced
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 cup soy milk
- 1 tbsp date honey (or 1-2 pitted medjool dates)
- ¼ tsp spirulina powder
- ¼ scoop (~5g) pea protein powder
- Wash all fruits and vegetables well before using.
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse for 2 minutes, or until smooth.
- Check the consistency. If too thick, add a few tbsp more of soy milk, or a couple of ice cubes and blend for a further 30 seconds.
- Drink chilled within 15 minutes of making to get the maximum health benefit.