Groovy green smoothie recipe
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A great way to get your little ones to eat spinach! Kids love the intense green colour, and you will be amazed by this deliciously fruity smoothie. Experiment with different amounts or types of fruit to make your own variation.
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- 1 banana, sliced
- 150g (5 oz) green grapes
- 1 (200g) tub vanilla yoghurt
- 1/2 apple, cored and chopped
- 50g (2 oz) fresh spinach leaves
MethodPrep:10min ›Ready in:10min
- Place the banana, grapes, yoghurt, apple and spinach into a blender or food processor. Cover, and blend until smooth, stopping frequently to push down anything stuck to the sides. Pour into glasses and serve.
If you find your smoothie is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk, juice or soya milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.
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Used different ingredients.I *really* don't like bananas, so I used a mango instead. Also, I used plain yoghurt instead of vanilla -- so to make it sweeter, I used some pineapple.-07 Aug 2008
I thought this was really good! Never would have thought to put spinach in a smoothie. Nice texture and flavour. Thanks!-07 Aug 2008
The only thing I didn't like about this recipe was that it was chewy. This was mostly due to leaving the skin on the apple. I would *not* do that again. Our blender couldn't seem to handle it, and I was left with a chewy, apple skin aftertase. Overall, good recipe. Not something I would eat every day, but for a once-in-a-while health food snack, it was very good.-07 Aug 2008
Groovy Green Smoothie
Published: Apr 13, 2012 · Updated: Mar 4, 2021 by Nicole @ VegKitchen · This post may contain affiliate links.
A great way to start the day with a hit of blood-cleansing chlorophyll and some good-quality protein from the seeds and protein powder. Adding protein will keep you feeling satisfied for hours! Recipe and photo contributed by Ricki Heller, from Diet, Dessert and Dogs.
Makes 1 large breakfast serving or 2 snack servings.
- 2 cups lightly packed spinach leaves, lettuce,
or a combination
- 2 medium kiwis, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 scoop rice-only protein powder (I used NutriBiotic )
- 1 to ½ cups unsweetened milk of choice (I used vanilla rice milk)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 10 to 25 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid,
or 1 to 2 tablespoons agave nectar or coconut nectar
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 1 large breakfast serving or 2 snack servings.
Ricki Heller is the author of Sweet Freedom and several e-books on specialty cooking subjects. Visit her at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs.
Groovy Green Smoothie
I have to admit, it was reassuring to read all the like-minded comments on my recent “I Hate Winter” post (even though it meant that a bunch of you are also having to endure it, too). Thanks, all. Despite my best intentions to abolish my abhorrence of winter, the Season of Slush and Ice just keeps on giving me more reasons to loathe it: this time, a flu bug that’s been dogging me since Monday. Dizziness, fever, chills and general malaise have been my constant companions for the past couple of days. Come to think of it, I retract the word, “dogging” to describe winter’s effect on me–I wouldn’t insult The Girls by associating them with it in any way.
“Thanks, Mum. We appreciate it. And, you know, if you’re feeling chilly in that big, soft bed of yours, we don’t mind if you break the rules just this once and let us hop up there with you to keep you warm.”
Since I’d already prepared this smoothie for breakfast a couple of weeks ago, it came to mind again this morning when I needed something quick and detoxifying. I called it “Groovy Green Smoothie” because the particular shade of green reminded me of a psychedelic collage The Nurse used to have hanging in her bedroom as a teenager. As a quintessential Child of the Sixties, The Nurse was involved in all things “hippie.” The oldest of the three siblings, she was awarded the coveted bedroom in the basement, sequestered away from the rest of the family and complete with a private bathroom. She would spend hours with her friends locked in that room as they listened to rock n’ roll or did whatever hippies did in those days. Occasionally The CFO and I would be watching TV in the family room and catch a few muffled giggles or the craggy wailing from a Janis Joplin album (her voice rendered even more gravelly by the cheap record player my sister had) emanating from beneath the closed door.
And on the bedroom wall was a collage made from magazine clippings that The Nurse stuck on a bristol board and framed. I clearly remember one image of a Twiggy-like model with spider-leg false eyelashes, glittery lipstick and a sleeveless paisley sheath in shades of neon turquoise, fuchsia and sky blue. The background was a shimmering shade of chartreuse–just like that smoothie you see, below.
I knew that sipping on this green drink would be both comforting and nourishing, the perfect antidote to winter’s harsh chill. It did perk me up a bit, long enough to write this blog post. And if that’s not groovy, I don’t know what is.
Groovy Green Smoothie (suitable for ACD Phase II and beyond)
A great way to start the day with a hit of blood-cleansing chlorophyll and some good-quality protein from the seeds and protein powder. Adding protein will keep you feeling satisfied for hours!
2 cups (500 ml) lightly packed spinach leaves, lettuce, or a combination
2 medium kiwis, peeled and cut into chunks
1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder (I used NutriBiotic)
1-1/2 cups unsweetened milk of choice (I used vanilla rice milk)
10-25 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid, or 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) agave nectar or coconut nectar
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 1 large breakfast serving or 2 snack servings.
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“It’s not bad under here, Mum, but I sure would like to get on top of that bed with you.”
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3. The Ultra-Filling Greek Odyssey Green Smoothie
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 sliced banana
- 1/2 cup ice
Add the water, yogurt and baby spinach to your blender and blend for 5 seconds, add the banana and ice and blend for 5 more seconds. Check to ensure the ice has broken drown, if not, blend until it's smooth. Drink immediately.
How to make an affordable grape smoothie (or any smoothie)
This green grape smoothie recipe is a hit in our house. We love how easy it is to find the ingredients for this smoothie at the local grocery store. And they’re also affordable! That’s the key to making this a healthy habit for life— use ingredients you can always find and always afford. It’s definitely okay to skip all the fancy potions and powders that people recommend you add to your smoothie. For this amazing recipe, all you need is:
- baby spinach (I prefer organic because it’s on the EWG’s dirty dozen list)
- green grapes (be sure to check for seeds before blending)
- pineapple (I use frozen pineapple to chill the smoothie and save me time chopping it up)
- oranges (naval oranges are so flavorful and juicy!)
Healthy Smoothie Recipe: Groovy Green Banana Grape Smoothie
Who says healthy eating can’t be enjoyable?
Try a super tasty nutritious smoothie, then you’ll agree that healthy food can be a real juicy treat. Smoothies are easy to make and a perfect way to enjoy fruits and veggies. Morning, noon or night, throw together any combination of fruits and vegetables and you’re assured of a great healthy drink/meal in minutes.
Before we get started on today’s recipe let’s see some more ways of making smoothies taste better:
- Frozen fruits make thicker consistency so chop your fruits ahead for easier blending and freeze.
- Start by pouring in liquids first.
- When blending, start with the lowest blender speed and gradually increase the blender speed till the mixture is smooth.
- If using ice, they should go in last.
Smoothies are ever rich in vital nutrients because of their fruit combos. They’re perfect breakfast choices and also very suitable as snacks, or post/pre-gym treats. Today’s Groovy Green Banana Grape Smoothie is no exception. An awesome yummy fruity combination of banana, red grapes, apples and a dash of spinach makes it a truly loaded wholesome food.
Heart-healthy apples are incredibly great for flavouring recipes and may help in preventing lung, breast, colon and liver cancers. Apples also help with weight-loss and are known to significantly lower cholesterol.
Famous for the powerful antioxidants contained in them which makes them cancer-inhibiting, red grapes also have antibacterial properties. They also benefit your cardiovascular, immune and respiratory systems greatly.
Bananas are excellent in masking the flavours of leafy greens in smoothies. They also make good creamy smoothie base. They’re fantastic energy givers, and their richness in potassium makes them great advocate for your heart and kidney.
And the spinach? Trust me you definitely won’t taste them in this smoothie. Spinach leaves undeniably lock in the healthfulness in this smoothie. With spinach, you’re sure of raw vegetable nutritional benefits.
Ingredients for the smoothie:
- 1 Medium-sized Banana, chopped
- 1 Cup red grapes
- 2 Apples, cored and chopped.
- A handful fresh green spinach leaves, washed and chopped
- 6 Almond nuts (optional)
- 180ml Greek Yogurt (optional)
- Ice cubes (optional)
Put all ingredients in blender. Remember, the yoghurt goes in first and the ice cubes last. Blend till puree is well crushed and smooth.
Serve ice cold.
How Breakfast Green Smoothies Will Improve Your Life?
In order to maintain a healthy body, we need to ensure we take care of our bodies. This includes a healthy diet, followed by an active lifestyle - as well as going for regular health checkups and taking care of any problems that arise before they become a problem. One thing that many people often argue about is breakfast - while one group of individuals claim breakfast to be the most important meal of the day, other groups tend to argue against the fact and claim that breakfast may only contribute to an unhealthy weight. The truth is, breakfast is an important part of life. It is the very first meal of the day and also the meal that is going to get you through the day - by supplying your body with nutrients that will support high energy levels and fight off any signs of fatigue.
WebMD explains that a healthy breakfast can offer a person many benefits, such as improved concentration during the day, better mental and physical performance and the strength that is needed to partake in physical activities. It will also contribute towards a nutrient-rich diet that supplies the body with vitamins for skin care, mental care and to contribute to the general wellbeing of the human body. They also explain that a healthy breakfast has been proven to maintain lower levels of cholesterol throughout the rest of the day.
What Are Green Smoothies
Today we are going to look at how drinking a green smoothie for breakfast every day can help improve your overall wellbeing. First of all, a green smoothie is, as the name suggests, green in color. This green color is gained from all of the green fruits and vegetables that are added to these smoothies. Simple Green Smoothies explain that a green smoothie is made from green leafy vegetables, combined with nutrient-rich fruits and finished with a liquid base. They also explain that many people prefer to top their smoothies off with some superfood.
8 Ways Green Smoothies For Breakfast Can Improve Your Life
With all the goodness of spinach, broccoli, kale and many other leafy greens, combined with some deliciously tasty fruit, green smoothies for breakfast can help you make some healthy changes in your life.
1. Increases Your Daily Fruit And Vegetable Intake
We live busy lives that more than often causes us to forget about how important fruits and vegetables are during the day. When we are busy, we tend to reach for the nearest snack when hunger strikes - and these snacks usually does not include a healthy choice. By starting your day with a green smoothie, you are already consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables, thus upping your daily intake of these essential food types. Not only will this contribute to your overall health, but you'll soon discover how to improve memory through adequate daily nutrition.
SFGate reports that the average active individual should consume up to three cups of vegetables on a daily basis, as well as around two cups of fruit. Green smoothies tend to include a large amount of both vegetables and fruit, which means you won't have to worry about your daily intake as much as you usually have to.
2. Promotes Weight Loss, Naturally
Green smoothies are rich in many vitamins and minerals that support the human body's overall health, but they can also be an excellent addition to a weight loss regimen. Katherine from Green Thickies recently shared her story and explained how she lost a combined total of 115 pounds through a green smoothie diet. At first, she was able to drop 56 pounds. She then became pregnant and put on a lot of pounds, which she was able to drop once again by simply reintroducing green smoothies into her daily life.
3. Improves Hydration
Water is an essential daily substance that we all need. Our bodies are mostly composed of water, and we need to keep our bodies hydrated to support our health. Doctor Oz explains that the average person needs to consume as much as 2.7 liters of water every day - this does account for water intake that we gain from beverages and foods. Unfortunately, many people are not happy with the taste of water. By simply adding more water to your green breakfast smoothie, you can consume an additional amount of liquid, which adds to the 2.7 liters you need to consume daily.
4. Improves Digestion
As much as 70 million individuals are affected by some digestive disorder. These disorders can be caused by numerous factors, including an inactive lifestyle and an unhealthy diet. Green smoothies are filled with fiber, which is an excellent substance to help improve digestion and may even offer relief to the symptoms that are caused by common digestive disorders.
5. Rejuvenates Your Body
The ingredients that are included in green smoothies are loaded with chlorophyll. This substance has many benefits for the body and also features powerful antioxidant properties. Organic Facts explain that chlorophyll can prevent anemia, assist with dental problems, reduce symptoms of sinusitis and even help treat insomnia. Other than this, chlorophyll improves the immune system and can rejuvenate the entire human body.
6. Protects Against Free Radical Damage
Apart from the chlorophyll content (which is also an antioxidant), green leafy vegetables also contain many other antioxidant properties. Antioxidants have many health benefits. One of the most common advantages of antioxidants is the fact that these compounds can protect the human body from free radical damage, which is a term used to describe unstable molecules within the body's cells.
7. Reliefs Symptoms of Depression
As much as one in every six individuals within the United States are reported to experience symptoms of depression at least once in their lifetime, but only one in every two individuals who experience these symptoms seek help. The high concentrations of folic acid that are found in green leafy vegetables are known to help relief the signs of depression. Mayo Clinic also reports that people who suffer from depression often have a folic acid (or folate) deficiency.
8. Better, Clearer Skin
We often spend hundreds of dollars every month on skin care products - the skin is, after all, the first thing someone sees when they first meet you. Green smoothies are high in vitamin E and vitamin C, as well as fiber and antioxidants. All of these substances work together to offer you a better complexion and clearer skin - without costing a fortune.
It is a known fact that the better we take care of our bodies, the healthier we are - which means we won't have to face the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle on a daily basis. This, however, seems to be a difficult task for many people. Today we have introduced you to green smoothies - these delicious smoothies are also full of nutrients and make an excellent breakfast. They offer a vast variety of health benefits that will help you get through the day, as well as support your future wellbeing.
Blood Orange Green Smoothie
We did it, you guys. We really did it. We kicked 2015’s butt, or maybe it kicked ours. Either way, a new year is upon us and I’m personally feeling pretty groovy about it all.
Yes, I said groovy. I’m allowed to. I am almost 30 after all (how was 1986 30 years ago?!).
Now, let’s talk 2016, what you guys want to see more of on Minimalist Baker, and green smoothies (because, health).
I’ve shared a number of green smoothies on the site because I love them so much. In fact, my current favorite is in our upcoming print cookbook (have you ordered one yet?!).
That’s a lot of smoothies. But when it comes to breakfast or post-workout snacks, you really can’t beat them. So let’s make the most of this gorgeous winter fruit and get our green smoothie on, shall we?
This recipe is simple, as always, requiring 10 minutes and 6 ingredients.
The base is frozen banana and coconut milk for a sweet, creamy base. Lime juice and blood orange juice add tart and brightness, and the greens come from generous handfuls of spinach and kale.
The result is a super creamy, slightly tart green smoothie with tons of vitamins and minerals, and without the flavor of spinach or kale. Serious yum.
I hope you all love this smoothie! It’s:
Packed with healthy ingredients
& A quick + easy meal or snack
This would make the perfect on-the-go breakfast or post-gym snack for busy folks looking to get in a quick serving or two of fruits and vegetables. For added protein, add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder, or hemp seeds.
If you do give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment it, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see your smoothie in action.
Before you go, what would you love to see more (or less) of on Minimalist Baker in 2016? Let us know in the comments! We always aim to serve you better, and hope to make this our best year yet!
On a final note, if you’re looking to hit the “reset button” on your diet after the holidays, be sure to sign up for our email list to receive our FREE 15-recipe Detox Guide. Cheers, friends!
Recipe 5 – Tropical Mango & Orange Smoothie
This fresh mango and orange smoothie is a perfect replacement for regular fruit juice.
It’s packed with vitamins, keeps you hydrated and is also loaded with fiber.
Plus, it can be prepared in just five minutes.
• Servings = 2
• Time to prepare = 5 minutes
• 1 blender
• 1 knife
• 1 chopping board
• 3 medium organic oranges
• 1 organic mango
• 1/4 cup unsweetened probiotic coconut or almond yogurt
1. Peel the oranges, remove any seeds, break them into segments and then add these segments
2. Peel the mango, chop it into small chunks using the chopping board and knife, then add these
3. Pour the probiotic yogurt into the blender.
4. Turn on the blender and blend all the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth (this
usually takes around 1-2 minutes).
6. Once the mango and orange smoothie is ready, pour it into the two large glasses if you want to
Alternatively, if you want to consume it on the move or drink it later, pour the mango and orange
smoothie into the two large mason jars or glass water bottles then bring them with you or
With these five quick and easy healthy smoothie recipes, you can provide your body with the
nutrition it needs, no matter how busy you are.
You can enjoy them any time of day and each one has its own unique flavor.
Once you’ve tried all five of these smoothies, you can even use the ingredients and recipes listed
above as inspiration to come up with your own unique quick and easy healthy smoothies.