Green smoothies are the best way to start the week of right. A healthy breakfast at the beginning of the day just makes Mondays a little bit better. All you need is a trip to the grocery store and a blender. This is my go-to favorite green smoothie recipe, and it’s great for muscle recovery:
Most Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe
Ingredients: Banana, mango, pineapple, spinach, chard, kale, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds (optional).
Instructions: Fill the blender (I use a Nutri-Bullet) with equal parts of the fruits and veggies. Add almond milk up to the baseline of the ingredients, and a tablespoon or two of chia seeds on top. Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, and enjoy!
It’s fun to experiment with adding different ingredients to your morning green smoothie. Sometimes I also like to substitute in some peaches or blueberries for one of the fruits, and coconut almond milk can really sweeten things up!
Chia seeds are very high in Omega-3 fatty acids. But if you add chia seeds, you need to drink it quickly, because chia seeds turn a little gooey if they sit. Whey protein powder is another good addition to give you energy at the beginning of the day – it will thicken the texture of the green smoothie. You can also add half or a full tablespoon of matcha green tea powder and skip the coffee. Matcha green tea has the alert benefits of coffee without the jittery side effects.
In case you’re looking for more, here are ten easy, delicious green smoothies to try that I found on Pinterest. Take some time to browse through the sites. They are all filled with even more healthy options.
If you’re someone who likes to work out in the am, this green smoothie will pick you up post workout, aid in muscle recovery and energize the rest of your morning.
Pineapple, mango, cucumber, spinach, almond milk, protein powder
Here’s a sweet twist on a green smoothie for someone with an active lifestyle. The veggies and fruits are loaded with muscle recovery nutrients, the protein powder builds muscle post workout, and the fat from the coconut milk will give you energy to burn through the morning without needing coffee.
Banana, spinach, mango, coconut milk, protein powder
It can be difficult to find a green smoothie that doesn’t have some kind of fruit added to it. These smoothies, while healthy, have sneaky sugars. This fruit free green smoothie recipe combines refreshing cucumber, zesty parsley, and tangy lemon with a creamy avocado to take the edge of the flavor and coconut water to sweeten it up.
Cucumber, parsley, lemon, avocado, spinach, coconut water
Have you heard of bowl smoothies? Think about it like yogurt, with even more nutrients. This recipe from the Minimalist Baker is a great one to get started with. If you’re not ready for the bowl with the green smoothie color, throw it all in the blender and drink it from a glass.
Avocado, banana, berries, spinach, kale, milk, flax seed, almond butter, sunflower seeds, nuts, coconut, hemp seeds
If this site helps you stumble into a green smoothie challenge, that’s great! There’s no day better than today to make a personal dedication to your health. And once you get started, I guarantee it won’t seem like much of a challenge because green smoothies are so delicious.
Spinach, strawberries, banana, apple
This one features the cutest green fruit: the kiwi! Does anyone really need an excuse to go for this fruit?
Cucumber, banana, kiwi, spinach
Do you like Pina Coladas? And getting caught in the rain? This one’s for you.
Spinach, pineapple, mango, banana, berries, milk, vanilla
Do I need to get into the details of the health benefits of this smoothie? The recipe explains it all. It will make your skin look amazing.
Spinach, romaine, cucumber, celery, pear, banana, coconut water, mint, parsley, lemon, chia, ginger, cayenne, cinnamon, turmeric.
A creamier take on the green smoothie, the Greek yogurt is loaded with protein and the avocado energizes. Leave out the maple syrup if you’re focusing on cutting sugars.
Greek yogurt, spinach, green grapes, avocado, peaches, banana, maple syrup, vanilla
I am really into these green smoothie bowls right now! They are so cute. Plus, this one adds matcha green tea powder so you can forgo the morning coffee and simplify your meal prep time.
Ingredients: spinach/kale, banana, almond milk, berries, flaxseed, maca powder, matcha powder