I’m by no means a coffee person, but some mornings I still struggle to really wake up and feel ready to take on the day. For those days when I need a pick me up and really want to set the tone for the day, my usual go to is a green smoothie.
No matter what time of day, a green smoothie leaves me feeling more sharp and gives me the energy I need without the crash that tends to happen with caffeine.
Spring is (hopefully) right around the corner, and the sudden burst of life that feels like it happens overnight is my favourite part about spring. I can’t wait to start seeing buds on the trees and flowers start to peek up out of the ground. In anticipation of the green grass, leaves and plants we’re bound to start seeing, here is my spring time green smoothie!
- Leafy greens of choice (Today I’m using spinach, but I switch it up between kale and chard too)
- 1/2 – 1 Banana (tip: stick the other peeled half into the freeze to use in your smoothie tomorrow!)
- 1 cup Frozen or fresh pineapple
- 1/2 Green Apple cut into small chunks
- 1/4 Avocado or 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- juice of 1/2 of a fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- Coconut water or water to desired consistency: I use about one cup
- Optional: In anticipation of the bees buzzing, I’ve topped mine with some local Bee Pollen
Blend away and start sippin’
a side note for you smoothie lovers: my smoothie of the moment is always changing, whatever smoothie combination I’m concocting I like to make sure it’s balanced with all 3 macro-nutrients: carbohydrates from both vegetables and fruits, a healthy fat, and a source of protein. This balance will help keep you satisfied longer and is especially important if your intent is to just enjoy the smoothie for your meal or snack and nothing else. Smoothies lacking this balance will cause a spike in your blood sugar followed with an energy crash. Balancing it out with a protein and a good fat will help slow down digestion will help prevent the spike and crash.
Happy sipping! Has spring arrived for you yet?