Hi guys – I hope you’re all well (and not secretly dissing me about my lack of presence!). With Valentines Day just gone past I thought I’d create a post on one of my favourite ways to show myself a little self love; and that is by making myself my favourite green smoothie.
I love it because;
- it’s packed with great ingredients
- it helps me get a lot of my greens in one go
- it’s silly but having a green smoothie really heightens my mood, making me feel more energetic and therefore more productive
Most of us are generally quite busy – especially when you’re living/working in fast paced environments like London. For this reason I’m all about fuss free concoctions. As much as I would probably enjoy a very citrusy smoothie/juice (because I just lurvveeee citrus), this smoothie is easier to make and does me well on a day-to-day basis.
To make this green smoothie you will need (makes 2 servings):
- One green apple (Granny Smith is my favs)
- spinach or kale – one handful
- the juice of one lemon or lime, whatever you prefer
- ginger – just a little 2 cm piece
- mint leaves – a few sprigs
- 2 sticks of celery celery or some cucumber (again, it’s down to your preference)
- Superfood powder of your choice – I was using matcha powder but now I’ve switched it up to moringa
- avocado (optional)
- honey (optional)
What you need to do:
- There’s really no genius behind this recipe, you just chop everything up, discarding and seeds, stems, etc. Add the spinach, lemon/lime juice, water, and superfood powder (follow the directions on the packet).
- Then blend. You do not need a fancy NutriBullet to make this. My mum actually picked up a smoothie maker for £5 at a charity shop and it’s just as good if not better than the bullet. I blend for quite a while, until the smoothie looks frothy.
- I like my juices/smoothies quite thin so I add in a good amount of water. Try to avoid tap water – you don’t want all the heavy metals ruining your nutritious smoothie.
- All that blending can actually make the smoothie quite warm which tastes gross if you ask me – so I always pop it in the fridge straight after and let it chill for a while.
- Once it’s chilled, take it out and enjoy!
I haven’t got a major sweet tooth so I find that the apple adds enough sweetness for me but if you need more, add a little honey. Keep in mind, even adding organic honey should be done in moderation. Although it’s way better than refined sugar, too much sugar (even if it’s natural) still isn’t good for you.
Smoothies/juices are a great way to incorporate healthy foods that you may not necessarily like the taste of. Once it’s mixed in with everything else you won’t really taste it much. Kale and avocado just do not tickle my tastebuds but I know they’re so food for you. I chuck them into my smoothie and can’t really detect it.
Very occasionally I add avocado because it does make my smoothie a lot thicker. I add in like half an avocado on days where I need a little extra sustenance and won’t have time for a proper breakfast because it’s a healthy fat that is quite filling.
Ginger adds a lovely zing that I just can’t resist – the smoothie just doesn’t cut it for me without a little ginger and mint. I’m also very generous with the lemon/lime – it’s almost like a healthy morning mojito for me.
When it comes to adding superfood powders, I switch it up. I was using match powder AKA green tea powder for more of a detox. Now I’m using moringa powder which is super nutrient rich and full of protein I use the Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder and I get mine from Holland & Barrett. I’m trying to gain some healthy muscle so this is useful for me. It’s also rich in iron which I need being anaemic (like most South Asian women). I really think the iron in this smoothie is what is making me less fatigued.
So that’s how I make my green smoothie. Taking that time in the day to do something small like making myself a nutritious smoothie is just one of the small ways we can show ourselves self love. It’s taking a little time out of your day to take care of yourself. Remember to drink your smoothie quite slowly – I really take my time with it. I learnt this tip from my fellow Green Beauty baby Buffy – imagine that your stomach is digesting all the fruit/veg/water you have blended into your smoothie – there is a lot of fibre in the contents of your smoothie so just be patient and kind to your body.
Until next time!