Greens are one of the most basic superfoods you can find: rich in chlorophyll, various macronutrients, vitamins and amino acids (a.k.a protein building blocks).
Even if you are not a fan of their taste in a raw form you will start to love them in smoothies – the added fruit takes away any vegetable aftertaste and as a result you enjoy a balanced and nutritious meal full of fiber and antioxidants.
Here I am sharing few of my favourite recipes. I like to use various toppings to maximize the nutritional value of my meals but you can always skip them if you don’t have the same ingredients. Remember the basics and just use the products you have available!
1. Blend a whole package of arugula (15 ozes) with a glass of water (or, if you prefer, coconut water/nondairy milk), few celery sticks, 2 medium carrots, a scoop of plant-based protein powder (I like the brands: Garden of Raw, Sunwarrior and Vega), a touch of vanilla, cumin and 3 medium bananas. I always add lime juice to my smoothies, it makes them taste incredibly fresh! 🏋🏻🍓💪🏼
- toppings: maca, pumpkin spice, beet powder, mulberries, my homemade almond butter (let me know if you want the recipe!) and an oz of raisins and cacao nibs 🏅
Great post-workout fuel!
2. In a food processor (or blender but use only tiny bits of water to keep it tick), blend two medium bananas with 300 grams of frozen chopped spinach, a tablespoon of cacao, stevia, two teaspoons of chia sees, two sticks of celery, few cilantro leaves and a cup of strawberries 😍
Toppings I use: raw coconut flour, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries and mulberries.
3.Blend two/three small beets with any greens of your choice, one medium banana, a cup of frozen berries, a tablespoon of chia seeds (ideally, soaked over night or few hours before blending), two small dates (or stevia), a touch of cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg, a piece of ginger, a tea spoon of spirulina and a tablespoon of cacao.
4. The ultimate homemade acai-bowl: full of antioxidants, fiber, green power, iron and protein. 🌺🌷🌸 Most commercially sold acai-bowls are loaded with added sugar which you can avoid by making it yourself – plus, it is a hella a lot cheaper! 😛
Method: you need a serving of freeze-dried acai (you can find it in most big stores), one medium beet, two teaspoons of soaked chia seeds, a bunch of kale, two #medjool dates, a tablespoon of cacao, a touch of spirulina and a dash of cayenne pepper (or a piece of ginger) for the warming and spicy kick. 😈
Blend it all together and arrange with your favorite toppings: I like to slice zucchini, sprinkle few hemp seeds, add more berries, goji and mulberries (if I have available), raw coconut flour (which makes the consistency much thicker) and nutmeg.😊
I blend it with tiny bits of water and squeezed lime juice but you can also use coconut water. If you like it even sweeter, you can use stevia and a touch of vanilla.
For the athletes – add a scoop of your favorite (plant-based) protein to enhance the amino acids content.
Hope you enjoy! 😇
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