A mean green smoothie for breakfast is a great way to start your day. With the right fuel, your body is ready to run. I don’t mean literally running, but you get my meaning 😉
I like to have a cup of tea in the morning, but whenever I make a smoothie, I feel much more energized. So, today, I would like to share two recipes for a green smoothie, courtesy of Forks over Knives, the Cookbook.
Mean Green Smoothie
This mean green smoothie here is an excellent way to add more greens to your diet.
What do you need?
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, or water
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 cups kale, ribs removed, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup pitted and coarsely chopped Medjool dates, or to taste
Now, don’t make a face because this recipe includes kale. I actually happen to like kale, but I know that many don’t. Even if you don’t like kale, though, in this drink you won’t taste it. The dates add sweetness to your smoothie. Dates are very sweet, so it’s up to you how many you want to add, wether 1/2 cup or less. In my opinion, 1/2 cup is just right.
Put all ingredients in a blender and process until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
What good stuff is hiding in this smoothie?
Kale contains calcium, fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and iron. Berries are another health powerhouse. They are rich in antioxidants, high in fiber, they are good for your skin, help fight inflammation, may help lower cholesterol levels, and they have vitamin C, K, and manganese.
Dates not only provide natural sweetness to your smoothie, but they are also a great source of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamin B6.
Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie
If you’re missing azure blue waters, white beaches, and palm trees gently swinging in the breeze, but instead you are stuck in a cold, grey winter, then the next best tropical thing I can suggest is this smoothie. It even has a little kick in it.
- 2 cups tightly packed spinach leaves
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- a small tangerine, peeled and pitted, or juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
Health benefits of this smoothie
Mango and pineapple are a tasty combination (I love them!) and both fruits are rich in vitamin C, exactly what we need in those cold winter months. Tangerines also have a good vitamin C content. Spinach contains vitamins B6, B9, E, C, and K; and it also has folic acid, iron, and carotenoids.
Coconut water also has many health benefits. It may have antioxidant properties and offer many other health benefits (according to Healthline, it may be good for your heart, kidneys, and more). It is also a delicious source of hydration. Coconut water is amazing in so many ways, and I love the taste of it.
Ready to Blend?
I hope that you like these smoothie recipes. Now that we are going through these cold winter months and are fighting of those nasty colds that tend to creep up on us sometimes, a vitamin bomb in the morning may be exactly what our bodies need 🙂