Still on a health kick for the New Year?
Awesome, now keep it going with this creamy green smoothie!
This green smoothie recipe is SO simple, tasty, and suuuper healthy. This smoothie will help you fight off colds, keep you full, maintain energy, and keep you feeling trim! All you need are a few fruits and veggies, a blender, and some almond milk and you are good to go. I like to rotate this smoothie into my breakfast schedule regularly, and especially whenever I have been leaning away from my normal healthy habits and want to feel a little lighter. (Pizza and champagne? Alright I’ll have a green smoothie for breakfast the next day 🙂 )
The first thing I noticed about this smoothie is how light and fluffy it is! It’s creamy, smooth, and delicious. You won’t even think twice about how healthy this smoothie is, because it tastes amazing!
What are those little things on top of the smoothie? (aka hemp seeds)
Hemp seeds are protein-packed little seeds that come from the plant Cannabis sativa L (as seen on the top of the smoothie). No, this is not the same thing as marijuana. Although the two come from a similar type of plant, they are two completely different plants. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids (perfect for vegans!). Full of good fats, hemp seeds are commonly added to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, salads, etc to help increase protein and fat content in a healthy, plant-based way. Hemp seeds contain a special kind of fatty acid, specifically Omega-3 fatty acids, that are essential fats that help reduce inflammation. Getting more of these fats in your diet may reduce your risk of heart disease. Adding just three tablespoons of hemp seeds (which delivers 170 calories) to a salad or smoothie adds 10 grams of high-quality protein. Definitely a great seed to use for those who don’t eat a lot of meat AS WELL as a great replacement for meats occasionally to cut down on fat, sodium, and calories! Plant-based proteins are showing up more and more recently, likely due to the evidence in plant-based diets being healthier, and the recommendation to lower our intake of saturated fats from things like meats.
- Serves: 1
- Serving size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 272
- 1 large handful of spinach (or other green like kale)
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ frozen banana
- ⅓ avocado
- ¼ cup pineapple
- 1 TBSP hemp seeds (for added protein. sub in 1 scoop protein powder instead if preferred)
- Add all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until thoroughly mixed.
- Add a TBSP or 2 more of water for a thinner consistency.