i know, i’m definitely not famous for my green smoothies. why? cause if i’m honest, i don’t like to drink green liquids with a taste of salad. i love to eat salad but i prefer to have it on a plate or in a bowl, paired up with other vegetables such as carrots, root veggies, cucumber and many more. but i certainly don’t like the idea of throwing some plain greens into my blender – definitely NOT my kinda breakfast. at least until yesterday when i actually first dared to try it myself!
what actually happened was that i was supposed to leave my house the next day to go to berlin for a weekend. looking at my fridge situation, i still had tons of kale left, even more avocados on the counter and as usual, lots of frozen bananas in the freezer already. and as strangely as this may sound, there wasn’t much else left in regards to fresh fruit and vegetables. if there would have been more carrots and other things, i would have definitely gone for a classical berry smoothie or even an acai bowl and i would have used the kale together with avocados, carrots & co for a salad to go. problem solved 😀
but since i didn’t have anything else besides kale, avocados and frozen bananas it was pretty obvious on what was to happen the next morning. and well, now i can say i’m actually glad cause this will be happening much more often from now on!
green smoothies aren’t only really beneficial for your body and health, they are also good for your stress-levels. not that greens in liquid form help to reduce these in particular, but when getting enough greens through smoothies already you don’t have to worry about your daily vegetable intake as much as before. green smoothies are also easy to make which is yet another stress-reducing factor 😉 and if you want to minimize the time between getting up from bed and leaving the house for work or school, simply prepare your smoothie already the night before. after blending, you just have to fill it into an airtight container, place it in your fridge and take out the next morning without having to do anything.
before jumping right into the recipe of this delicious green smoothie, i wanna talk a bit about the fruit-vegetable-ratio. of course you could make a green smoothie by blending all sorts of fruits together with some spirulina powder and a bit of lettuce. well, then i wouldn’t necessarily call it a green smoothie even though the color might turn out somewhat greenish. when making green smoothies, a fruit-to-greens-ratio of 60:40 is recommended. that means you should combine about 60% of ripe organic fruit with 40% of organic greens. by adding just a little bit more fruit than greens, your smoothie will actually taste amazing and you won’t even feel the greens really.
my current green smoothie obsession consists of just a few ingredients which i buy all organic and usually seasonal – excluding avocados, since they don’t have seasons in europe anyways (imported all year round). in order to get the most nutritional value, i always leave the skin of all fruits and veggies on and try to blend it as fresh as possible which means usually right in the morning before i need to leave. if that’s not possible, i have done it the night before as well and you can too, it works just fine.
- 1 cup frozen bananas
- 1 cup fresh kale
- 1 rather sweet apple
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup almond milk
- some crushed ice
- fresh lime juice
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- take out the frozen bananas and place in your blender.
- add almond milk, crushed ice, and fresh lime juice.
- mix for a few seconds.
- cut apple in smaller pieces, repeat with kale. scoop out inside of the avocado.
- add kale, apple pieces and avocado into blender and mix.
- add some more almond milk if needed.
- in the end, add chia seeds and hemp seeds to the smoothie and blend one more time.
- fill into a transportable container or nourish your body right away!