Looking to upgrade your breakfast or replace your 3pm snack? Smoothies are a great way to introduce a bunch of nutritionally-dense whole foods into your diet in a delicious, satiating way – and bonus points, this recipe could kick your cravings to the curb!
This recipe is from my Autumn Reset Detox. I run these week-long group programs quarterly to help you unlearn harmful dieting habits and start the new season feeling refreshed and inspired with a load of delicious recipes to help you reach your health goals.
This green smoothie is one of my absolute favourites – it’s creamy, fruity and gives me a long-lasting energy boost. Perfect for on-the-go or if you’re back in the office – simply prep ahead of time and keep refrigerated.
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Why is this recipe so great?
Bananas are not only a delicious natural sweetener for smoothies, they are also jam-packed full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, folate, and antioxidants, such as vitamin C. The best thing about smoothies is that you can use frozen bananas straight from the freezer – no food waste here!
Most kinds of green leafy veg are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre but the great thing about spinach is that it has a mild, almost creamy taste that pairs really well with bananas! Dark leafy vegetables are great at providing us with an energy boost because they contain chlorophyll which is designed to help the plant convert sunlight into energy – fortunately for us, that energy also gets transferred when we eat it!
In fact, a study also showed that green leafy veg can drastically reduce our cravings for less nutritionally-supportive foods, so if you’re struggling to break the snack cycle, why not increase your daily intake of leafy greens!
Almond milk is a great liquid alternative to water for a creamier texture in your smoothies. Make sure you find one that has a small ingredient list and no added sugar – I love the Plenish+ one!
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and fibre. While this isn’t technically included in the recipe, if you’re thinking of having this smoothie for breakfast or lunch, I recommend adding half an avocado per person to make sure it’s really satiating and doesn’t leave you hungry!
As expected, this smoothie recipe is pretty simple when it comes to prep work – simply chop up your ingredients and add them into a blender till you reach your desired consistency.
This recipe is designed to be eaten as a smoothie bowl but if you’d rather have a more drinkable consistency then you can simply add some more liquid!
For the smoothie:
2 Bananas (chopped & frozen)
120g Baby Spinach (fresh or frozen)
350ml Water or Almond or Coconut Milk
2 Ice Cubes (optional)
20g Hemp Seeds
For the topping:
10g Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut
20g Slivered Almonds (finely chopped)
As with most smoothie recipes, this recipe is super versatile, meaning you can pretty much use whatever you have around the house as long as it adds up to a balance of healthy fats and proteins. Looking for an extra protein hit? Try adding a clean protein powder like Pulsin Pea Protein, or swap out the hemp seeds for your favourite nut butter.
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