The Best Green Power Smoothie

I love smoothies for breakfast, lunch (sometimes), and even dinner – especially after Bikram Yoga.

There’s a problem though. I usually don’t find that they “last” very long.

I don’t know if you’ve heard the saying “fart and you’ll be hungry again,” but that’s how I feel about most smoothies. Until now. I have been drinking this new smoothie for weeks, more often maybe than I should. But when things are busy, smoothies are magic. I blend this baby up and I can even drink it on my way to work. Actually, my work has a blender so sometimes I just pack it all in a plastic container and dump it into the blender for a mid day boost. I never get to stop for lunch, so this smoothie has been a life safer.

Do you ever get so hungry you feel nauseous? That’s me. I’m fine and then all of the sudden, like I was hit by a bus, I’m so hungry I feel sick. Really sick. But now it’s SMOOTHIE time.

Want to know what the secret ingredient is?

Avocado.

I have tried it with soaked nuts, nut butters, super food filler, chia seeds, ground flax seed and, to be fair, they are all delicious. It’s just that I get hungry so fast. I’ve tried making this same smoothie without the avocado and substituting, ground flax or ground chia seeds, but it’s really not as good. It’s ok, but the smoothie is definitely better with than without.

This smoothie is just sweet enough, a little tart and creamy and the best part…GREEN. The flavor is like that Happy Planets Green Smoothie, but a little less sweet. I’ve added some suggestions at the end in case you like it sweeter or you’re new to whole foods and need to build up to putting so many greens in 1 glass.

I also love that I can get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables in 1 glass. That’s freakin’ fantastic.

Green Power Smoothie

  • 3 cups of greens (kale, chard, spinach or spring greens.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup red frozen fruit (I use sour cherries or frozen cranberries mixed)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado, flesh only
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or vegans: use coconut milk (I use Tree Island Vanilla Yogurt which is not sweet)
  • 1/4 wedge of lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 cup water (up to 1 cup)
  • Optional additions (1 Tbsp of ground flax or ground chia seeds)

In a blender, add the greens. If using kale, remove the tough spine and use only the tender parts. With chard I use the whole thing. Add the blueberries, red berries, banana (this lends the sweetness), the avocado, yogurt, squeeze of lemon juice (this masks the taste of the greens) and the water. Blend until smooth. You may need to use the pulse setting to get everything blended properly. Add a little more water if it’s too thick. Drink immediately.

Recipe notes:

Key ingredients are banana, avocado, greens and lemon juice.

Banana: Bananas makes it sweet without adding sweeteners like honey or maple syrup or soaked dates. If you like it sweeter, add a little sweetener of choice until you’ve reached the level you’re looking for.

Avocado: It makes this liquid meal last, so you won’t feel hungry again in an hour.

Lemon Juice: It masks the taste of the dark leafy greens. I’ve even made this smoothie with broccoli. The texture isn’t as smooth, but it works in a pinch.

Dark Leafy Greens: If 3 cups of greens sounds like too much, start with one and build up. The healthiest way to consume kale and chard is to have it lightly steamed. If you would like to add a step, steam the chard or kale ahead of time and add it to the smoothie cooked.

 

20 Responses to The Best Green Power Smoothie

  1. Cyn in S. Calif February 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I’m going to give this a try, thank you. But I am a bit concerned about putting avocado and banana together in the same dish… love both, but together? Any ideas or reassurances besides “try it”? Thanks for all the great recipes you’ve shared. I’ve learned a lot as I try to change my eating habits to whole foods.

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      You’ll just have to trust me. hahaha. I understand your hesitation, but both blend quite well together.

  2. Linda February 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This definitely sounds like the best by far!! I just made it in fact with a frozen banana and fresh berries (switching it up because this is what I had on hand!) and it truly tasted fabulous! I like the addition of lemon to help soften the green taste!

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      Thanks Linda, Glad you liked it. It’s nice to pack in all those greens in one go.

  3. Koko February 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Power packed!! Love it France!

  4. mjskit @ mjskitchen.com February 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    You cracked me up with “fart, and you’ll be hungry again”. I couldn’t have described it better. :) A power smoothie is right! Love the addition of the avocado and having used leftover cranberry sauce in a smoothie during the holidays, I know that cranberries add a fabulous tartness to a smoothie. Love this smoothie!

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      I used up my leftover cranberry sauce the same way. It’s a fantastic way of incorporating leftover bits so they don’t go to waste.

  5. Anita B. February 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    Crazy, France! I was just telling my husband that I need a better green smoothie recipe and here you come. Making this tomorrow morning. Thanks :-)

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Let me know what you think Anita. Good timing!

  6. Shelley Alexander February 11, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    France, Your smoothie sounds divine! I adore green smoothies and love adding avocado to them because they make the smoothie so creamy and filling. I have 2 of my favorite smoothies on my blog with avocados, a Pear Avocado Smoothie and a Wild Blueberry Avocado smoothie that are both so yummy! I will try your recipe next!

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      I have pears ripening on the counter. I’m looking forward to trying the pear and avocado combination. Thanks for the suggestion Shelley.

  7. Tessa@tessadomesticdiva February 11, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    We always do full meal deal smoothies here…otherwise…what’s the point?! I can’t wait to try this…probably tomorrow morning or the next!

    • beyondthepeel February 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      Haha, so true.

  8. Joanne (eats well with others) February 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I definitely get that sick feeling when my blood sugar drops…avocado to the rescue! Sounds great!

  9. Eileen February 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Thanks for this! I’ve been eating a lot of avocados this winter for their wonderful nutrition, but was getting tired of having them plain. This is the new approach and flavor I’ve been looking for.

  10. Ellen February 19, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I had my doubts about this – however I should never doubt France! WOW this smoothie won me over. The color of mine turned out disgusting – maybe that’s because I used cooked spinach left over from last night’s dinner. I’m counting on not getting hungry for hours. Thanks France!

    • beyondthepeel February 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Hi Ellen, You’re hilarious! Cooked spinach will change the color a bit but it’s not the most beautiful color to start with! I hope it help you over for a few hours.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. 9 Incredible Fruit Smoothies To Jump Start Your Day | beyondthepeel.net - May 17, 2013

    […] The Best Green Power Smoothie […]

  2. Real Food Meal Plan: May 27-June 2 | LiveSimply - May 25, 2013

    […] this week: Green Power Smoothie, apple slices with this dip (I be using homemade yogurt), pineapple in homemade yogurt, cucumber and […]

  3. Real Food Meal Plan: July 8-14 | LiveSimply - July 6, 2013

    […] this week: Green Power Smoothie, grapes, peaches, watermelon, cucumber and carrot slices with hummus, granola […]

Leave a Reply

Website & Logo design by ohksocialmedia.