A Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan and Paleo friendly treat!
A green smoothie is a wonderful way to start the day when you want energy and get extra vitamins and minerals in your diet to keep you feeling bright and healthy.
A home made smoothie is so much better for you than shop bought ones as it will have less sugar and additives to keep it fresh. Also it will work out cheaper if you buy the ingredients for the week.
This recipe literally takes minutes to make and is perfect enjoyed in the morning, as a post workout snack drink or in the afternoon if you are feeling sluggish. It instantly perks you up and is full of benefits.
Apples are high in fibre, Potassium, Vitamin C, antioxidants and keep you fuller for longer. They are also a low GI snack.
Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K, A and C, Magnesium, Iron and Vitamin B2 so will give you lots of energy, improve your blood flow and give your body vitality. The green colour has high levels of Chlorophyll which has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.
Bananas take the bitter taste of the spinach away and are a cocktail of vitamins. As well as improving your digestion, they are rich in potassium and fibre which is great for clearing waste out of your body. Again, you will also get an energy boost from the Banana in this smoothie.
The dairy free yoghurt will help give the smoothie a creamy, smooth texture. It is a great source of calcium and other minerals such as potassium, zinc and potassium. If you can get one with live culture then this will really treat your gut for good digestion as well. Alpro do some great dairy free yoghurts.
Fresh mint is so easy to grow and should be a staple in your garden or kitchen shelf. The mint will add a zest to the smoothie and keep your breath fresh. It also helps with digestion and is a good source of Vitamin A which is good for eyesight.
- 2 Granny Smith Apples
- 1 handful of fresh spinach (or three frozen blocks)
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup of dairy free yoghurt
- 1 cup of water
- Fresh mint
With a good blender such as a Nutribullet, simply blend up all your ingredients together and voila you have your smoothie. Add in ice if you want it super cold.
If you don’t have any yoghurt to hand then add in some Almond or Hazelnut milk (1.5 cups) instead of the water and yoghurt.
Drink straight away and store for 24 hours in a sealed jar or bottle in the fridge if you want to drink it later.
Change the recipe as you see fit if you want it creamier or thinner in consistency. You might also want to add in protein powder, other supplements or swap up the ingredients.
Let me know if you try this recipe and what your favourite smoothie is!