Green smoothies really have become so mainstream and a staple for many people, myself included. They are really the best way to get fruits and veggies in your system — today on Earth Day and every day! I love how I feel after I have a green smoothie and find myself craving them when I can’t make one or find a shop that does. This recipe is easily tweak-able to your liking but I’ll give you the basics of how I make sure my smoothie is always tasty, creamy and just cold enough to be easily digested by my body.
These are my smoothie mainstays: fresh ginger, chia seeds, raw walnuts and cinnamon. I love the taste of ginger and cinnamon but they’re also both super good for you and have anti-inflammatory properties, which is great. Chia seeds and walnuts are both high in omega-3 fatty acids and have good protein. I don’t particularly like walnuts so I sneak them into my smoothie because they’re really one of the best nuts for you!
The key to the best smoothie every time: FROZEN BANANAS. Frozen bananas make your smoothie creamy and keep it cold but not too cold. Keep frozen bananas in your freezer so you’re never without them! I use all frozen fruit because 1) I know the fruit is picked when it’s in-season and 2) it’s usually cheaper than fresh fruit.
Blend in a high-powered blender until smooth and add more liquid if necessary to reach desired consistency. Enjoy!
Earth Day Green Smoothie
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5-8 raw walnuts
- 1-inch peeled fresh ginger
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup liquid (any kind will do! I love a blend of almond milk or canned coconut milk and water. Start with a 1/2 cup and add more later if you want.)
- 2 large handfuls spinach (you could also do a blend of spinach and kale)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple is my favorite blend)
- Add the ingredients in order listed and blend until completely smooth!
*For a sweeter smoothie, add one or two dates or a little maple syrup. And some good additions: spirulina (I like this one) for added protein and beta-carotene or maca powder (I like this one) for extra energy.