Green smoothies and juices are a great way to get extra nutrients into your diet in a delicious and easy format. Green vegetables are an excellent source of nutrients and many are also anti-inflammatory and help the body detoxify. My body cannot handle a lot of sugar hence my smoothies tend to be vege based with fruit used sparingly to add a dash of sweetness when needed. Please take you own needs and preferences into account when making your own smoothies and juices. Just remember that fruit is high in sugar and consuming 5 apples in one sitting is still probably not ideal!
My favourite ingredients for Green smoothies are cucumber, kale, spinach and ginger, lemon and lime. From this I might simply add filtered water if I need something super cleansing or coconut water if I need a bit of sweetness. Apples or pears also work well as does pineapple for a sweet boost. Meanwhile avocado’s and banana work really well to add some creaminess. For smoothies some liquid is always required as veges are quite fibrous and you will simply end up with a big lump in the bottom of the blender. The must have ingredients however are ginger plus either lemon or lime! The strong fresh notes these deliver help mask the green-grass note you often get with blended kale and spinach and helps cut down the level of sweetness you need to make it palatable. Have a play with the flavours and challenge yourself on the sweetness; it is surprising how good something can taste with a bit of lime and ginger added in.
Green Lime & Ginger Smoothie:
Makes 1 large serving or 2 small ones
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 frozen banana (using frozen banana’s gives a deliciously creamy texture)
- big handful of kale leaves
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 125ml coconut water + 125ml filtered water (feel free to use 250ml of either filtered water or coconut water instead of a mix)
- juice of 1/2 a medium lime
Blend all ingredients together until smooth and serve immediately or store in a sealed glass jar or bottle for up to 2 days.