This power-up green smoothie is prepared using a wide selection of veggies, fruits, spices and superfoods. It’s loaded with healthy fats, has a bit of protein, it’s low in sugar and packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients form all those wonderful healthy greens.
My healthy smoothie formula
To tell you the truth, when I start working on my daily smoothie, I rarely start with an exact plan in mind. Instead, I like to leave room for improvisation and this lead me to some strangely interesting combinations.
Just to give you an example, through improvisation I discovered that adding veggies to a smoothie (and I mean veggies, not just a few spinach leaves) will enhance the flavor, change the texture and will add even more health benefits.
My smoothie formula is actually very simple and pretty much looks like this:
- Healthy fats
- Few Fruits
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The anatomy of my green smoothie
Let’s look closely at each of these categories where I’ll try to explain the logic behind my choices and what ingredients I used for this particular smoothie.
What I used – coconut butter, avocado, hemp seeds, sour cream.
Healthy fats are a very important part of all the smoothies that I’m making. Healthy fats come with so many associated health benefits that you just can’t ignore them. But here’s one trick … you have to make sure that you’re using only the best and natural sources of healthy fats, unprocessed or processed as little as possible.
What I used – spinach, celery.
Veggies always come with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber and phytonutrients. They’re also low in sugar so, since they’re not sweet as most fruits, their nutrients tend to be absorbed better by our bodies.
When it comes to veggies and smoothies, the rule is to use many different types of veggies combining all their nutrients together into a nourishing smoothie drink. Sometimes you’ll fail and your smoothie will not be the best, but most often you’ll end up with some wonderful combinations. With time you’ll get a feeling of what combinations work better, what you like most and even how to “repair” a smoothie.
What I used – avocado, coconut (butter), dates, hemp seeds, lemon.
I like to go low-carb here, at least most of the time. Sometimes I feel the need for a more sweeter smoothie, but even that isn’t going to be as sweet as what’s considered “normal” these days. Still, because I’ve learned how to play with taste and flavor in a smoothie, I don’t need to use extra sweetness to make my smoothie taste delicious.
Bottom line, fruits are great but I always use them in moderation. I believe there are many other categories of plants that are simply worth-it more than fruits.
Spices and Superfoods
What I used – hemp seeds, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, cacao powder, vanilla powder, Himalayan salt, lovage, dill, mint.
I like to include spices and superfoods with every smoothie that I make. These spices and superfoods come with very potent nutrients even when used in low quantities (that is why they’re called superfoods). Quick note, I never make a smoothie without using at least two of the following spices: cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, vanilla powder.
What I used – spinach, hemp seeds, sour cream, whey protein powder.
While I’ve created a protein category here, I’m not looking to add a certain quantity or source of protein into my daily smoothies. Instead, I simply rely on my veggies to provide the protein. In case I may feel the need to include more protein, I’ll use something like a protein powder (which I used in this smoothie).
For this smoothie, because it was designed as a recovery smoothie, I’ve actually included 2 extra sources of protein: unpasteurized sour cream and whey protein powder.
When it comes to using vegan protein powders, hemp protein and pea protein are two vegan sources of protein that you must consider. And if you don’t mind using milk-based protein, you can definitely choose whey protein powder.
What I used – water
The healthiest liquid you can use is clean fresh water and this is exactly what i used for this smoothie. You could also use coconut water, coconut milk, even your favorite nut milk will probably work great (almond or cashew milk for example). In case you feel really adventurous, you could maybe use homemade kefir, a natural homemade fruit juice (pay attention to those carbs) or even raw milk (make sure it’s from healthy happy animals).
In conclusion, this smoothie comes with plenty of healthy fats, a bit of protein, is low in carbohydrates, and loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, healthy fiber and antioxidants. I always like using many different fresh veggies in my smoothies and just enough liquid to make my smoothie creamy and thick. Feel free to play with the liquid quantity until you obtain the desired combination, at least this is what I do.
One last note – since I used unpasteurized sour cream (raw milk) and whey protein powder (also dairy) this smoothie is not vegan. If you eat vegan and want to make this smoothie, you have 2 options:
- Option 1 – Skip those ingredients and that’s it.
- Option 2 – Replace them with vegan alternatives. You can easily replace sour cream with coconut cream and whey protein powder with protein powder from green peas or hemp seeds.
I hope that you now know a bit more about how I make my smoothies and how to put together your own recipes, packed with real nutrients.
As always, thanks for reading and I hope it was worth it for you. See you on the next smoothie!
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Healthy Greens Power-Up Smoothie
- 200 g fresh or frozen spinach
- 1 tbsp sour cream (unpasteurized)
- 2 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 big avocado (skin and seed removed)
- 1 stick celery
- 3 dried dates (chopped small)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- fresh lovage (chopped)
- fresh dill (chopped)
- fresh mint (chopped)
- 1 scoop whey protein powder (or pea protein powder)
- 1 tsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 slice lemon
- pinch of vanilla powder
- pinch of Himalayan salt
- 300 ml water (enough to cover the ingredients)
- Prepare all the ingredients - remove skin and seeds (if applicable) and chop in small pieces.
- Add everything into the blender including herbs and spices.
- Add just enough water to cover the ingredients and a bit more.
- Mix until you obtain the desired texture. Feel free to add more water if your smoothie looks a bit thick or your blender has trouble chopping the ingredients.
- Serve fresh or keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.