I don’t think I need to say very much about this smoothie recipe. It’s nutritious, delicious, fast, and easy. If I don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast in the morning, or have to be up and out of the house faster than my stomach takes to wake up, I turn to this. I sometimes use vanilla protein powder, but I know there’s a demand for filling and protein-dense smoothies that don’t rely on supplements of any kind, so I am here to help fill that void! With a generous serving of greens and just enough fruit to eliminate the need for added sweeteners, this smoothie is pretty great.
The lemon juice might sound a little strange, but it serves to counteract the bitterness of the kale rather than add a lemony flavour, so it’s definitely worth your while to include it. When using coconut water for smoothies, I always like to add a touch of almond milk just to get a creamy consistency happening, but it’s not essential.
Very Berry Green Smoothie (serves 1)
~ Gluten free, vegan, soy free, refined sugar free ~
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
- 1 cup kale
- 1/4 small zucchini
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/4 cup mixed frozen berries (I use blueberries, cherries, and blackberries)
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 ice cubes
- a splash of unsweetened almond milk (optional)
- 1 serving greens supplement (optional, I use moringa leaf or Schinoussa Sea Vegetables with E3Live)
- 1 tsp maca (optional)
- Toss all ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Drink as is or topped with shredded coconut, goji berries, or whatever else you like.
- The kale in this recipe oxidizes very quickly, so don’t be alarmed when your smoothie goes from purple to brown. The only way to avoid this is to use less kale, thus mitigating the nutritional value of the smoothie.
- You may wish to add a touch of maple syrup or honey to this, depending on how sweet you like things. I find the fruit is usually enough for me, but sometimesI go overboard on the kale and have to add a bit of something sweet to balance it out.