I love adding veggies into my smoothies to get an extra dose of them into my diet. Especially at breakfast I think we tend to forget to include these nutrient dense friends! And I by far prefer smoothies over juicing as you will get all the fibre from the whole vegetable which is lost during the juicing process.
In this recipe the sweetness of the pear balances out the added veggies, while the avocado and yogurt give it such a creamy texture! And it’s not just for Goddesses (but it’s a catchy name!); both my boyfriend and myself love this smoothie, and he is less on the veggie-smoothie train than I am!
Now you could easily leave the spirulina out, but it’s what gives this smoothie its superpowers! Spirulina is an algae which is incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A (as beta-carotene), B1, B2, B3, B6, and K, as well as minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, calcium, copper, and selenium. Whew! That’s a mouthful! It’s also packed with antioxidants and is a source of protein (albeit small one since you won’t be consuming this in sufficient quantities).
I probably make this smoothie at least once a week for myself, especially the morning after a busy day, perhaps where I may not have made the best nutrition choices. It honestly makes you feel good from the inside out, and I find myself craving it on these mornings!
Green Goddess Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups spinach
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 pear
- ¼ cucumber
- ¼ avocado
- ¼ cup full-fat greek or coconut yogurt
- 1-2 tsp spirulina
- 2 tbsp collagen powder (optional)
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Start by combining together in a blender the spinach and coconut milk. This step helps ensure no little pieces of spinach ending up in your teeth! Then add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth!