Whether you are a green smoothie veteran or newbie, we've got the healthiest recipes lined up for you!
Many people will often purchase ready-to-make frozen packages or anything green they can find at the store, assuming it is jam-packed with nutritional benefits. Regular green smoothies are usually high in oxalate, sugar and contain no protein or fat. So why is this bad for you?
- Oxalates. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards and beet greens are high in oxalate, which means that it will bind with minerals, preventing your body from absorbing the goodies from the mineral content. Take the most common green smoothie ingredient spinach as an example, which is high in iron. The high levels of oxalates in spinach prevent you from reaping the benefits from the iron.
- Sugar. Loads of smoothies are packed with fruit which adds to the sugary taste and that's exactly what it is - SUGAR!
- Protein. Protein is a key nutrient made up of amino acids, used to gain muscle strength and size. Complete protein (meat, fish and poultry) contains adequate amounts of all nine essential, whilst incomplete plant-based sources of protein contain very few amino acids.
- Fat. Fat is not bad for you. Healthy fats aid cognitive brain function and mental focus, healthy digestion and help to control blood sugar levels. Smoothies made up of just veggies and fruit will do nothing of that for you.
Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe Formula
We have made these recipes as simple as possible - you might even have some of the ingredients at home! Don't be afraid to be creative. We prefer raw and organic wherever possible.
Moringa Superleaf Powder Smoothie Recipe
Moringa powder is an excellent source of plant-based protein and rich in essential amino acids, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron and vitamins A, B, C and K. Packed with antioxidants, moringa is not only highly nutritious but also delicious! This recipe is super easy to make, ready in minutes and prepared with only 3 ingredients.
- ½ cup of Organic Moringa Superleaf Powder
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- Add almond milk, moringa, and frozen banana to a high-speed blender.
- Process until the smoothie is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately or put in in the fridge for 15 minutes for a thicker consistency.
Energising Green Tea Matcha Smoothie Recipe
Want an instant pick-me-up? Matcha is packed with natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids that work to boost energy and focus, gently bringing your mind and body to a balanced state. This smoothie is double-thick, creamy and oh so delicious! You will only need 4 ingredients.
- 2 tsp of Organic Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Tea Powder
- 1 large mango (fresh or frozen)
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup of light coconut milk
- Add the coconut milk to your blender, followed by the matcha green tea powder. Blend.
- Add the mango and frozen bananas and blend until creamy and smooth.