Now That’s A Green Smoothie!

Here’s a really great Green Smoothie recipe that tastes great and goes beyond just adding some “greens powder” or a handful of spinach to the conventional fruit smoothie.

The healthy thing about this recipe is that it tastes great, yet it has a lower fruit sugar content than a fruit based smoothie.  This can be helpful for those looking for a smoothie option that won’t affect their blood sugar.  An avocado is used, in place of a banana, to give the smoothie it’s silky quality.  Avocados rate very low on the glycemic index, where as bananas have a very high rating because of their high natural sugar content.

Also, it’s green, green, green, baby!  Since it consists mainly of green veggies, it’s very alkalinizing for the body, it’s full of nutrients and it’s still a great source of natural fiber.

I throw all the ingredients in and blend this up in a Vita-Mix, which is a very powerful blender.  However, in a regular blender, a smoothie like this turns out best when the denser ingredients are blended first.  Starting with water at the bottom of the blender, add the more fibrous or more solid ingredient.  Blend for a couple seconds to break it down, then add the next, and repeat.  This is done until all the ingredients are in the blender, and finished off by giving it one last whirl to really blend everything together.  This makes a vegetable based smoothie, like this one, more smooth and silky.

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 cup cold water

1 cup ice (optional)

1/2 scoop vegan protein powder (flavours that work best are plain or vanilla)

1 lime, peeled

1/2 avocado

1/2 cucumber

2 cups spinach, packed

Blend and enjoy!

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