It is time to take your smoothie to the next level. An increasingly popular food trend is the green smoothies. Perfectly blended into a creamy beverage poured into a mason jar to maintain aesthetics. Sound familiar? The unfortunate downfall of many of these smoothies is that they are yogurt based. While yogurt does have a fair share of health benefits, it is not a vegan-friendly food. However, green smoothies can be equally creamy and delicious without yogurt. Without further ado, enter the Vegan Power Packed Green Smoothie!
Vegan Power Packed Green Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup zucchini
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 orange juice
- 1 Tbs ground flax meal
- Handful (or two) of spinach
In the past, smoothie recipes normally say something along the lines of, “place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth”. Green smoothies are a little different. In order to achieve a nice consistency, it is important to blend liquid and spinach first. After the spinach has been swirled into a puree, continue adding the remaining ingredients.
It goes without saying that we are all unique individuals and everyone likes their smoothies differently. Some prefer thin smoothies with a viscosity closer to milk, while others prefer super-thick smoothies that act like soft serve ice cream. Whichever way you take your smoothie is okay, but it is important to pay attention the ingredients and how they will affect the smoothie. Frozen foods will create a much thicker consistency as opposed to thawed fruits.
Care to kick it up another notch? Other ingredients that can be used to make a powerful green smoothie include matcha, avocado, and oats.
Matcha may be best known for its subtle boost of energy slowly releasing into your body throughout the day. The powdered green tea life is jam packed with antioxidants, therefore stimulating a multitude of health benefits.
Avocado is in style these days and for good reason. This savory fruit is a particularly good source to obtain healthy fats and soluble fiber.
Oats may seem like an unusual ingredient to blend into a drink, however, the amount of beta-glucan fiber they have makes oats a satiety inducing food. Bottom line, give it a whirl before you rule it out.