Renee's Green Smoothie

Everyone tells you how good green smoothies are for you.  You know, packed full of greens, healthy vitamins and minerals……you know how it goes.

Well, I had listened to all this for years but it wasn’t until I came through the other end of chemotherapy that I realised I really needed to add a smoothie into my daily food choices.  But, hey, I’m only human, and I don’t do it religiously every day….sometimes I want to go out with a friend for lunch!  Sometimes it’s just too cold!

So, over the last month or so, I have been trying to have one a day, most days of the week.  I find them super easy to make, and easy to drink.  It has taken me a while to perfect my own recipe, adding in ingredients that are beneficial to me.

Here goes my list of ingredients and why I add them:

Banana:  This is the base of most smoothies around the world.  It helps to make it thick, and creamy, and is a good source of potassium in your daily diet.  I add one banana.

Kale powder:  I use kale powder as my green element.  I just find it so hard to grow that much kale or spinich to sustain my daily habit.  One teaspoon of kale powder is equivalent to approximately 1 plant of kale.  A great way to have at least one serving of greens a day.  I add one teaspoon to my smoothie.

LSA:  a mix of ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds.  LSA is a great source of protein, omega 3, essential fats, B vitamins and fibre.  The protein in LSA helps to keep your blood sugar levels balanced and curbs sugar cravings.  I add one tablespoon of LSA.

Psyllium:  Psyllium husk is a great source of fibre.  Being a bowel cancer patient I need a bit of fibre in my diet to help keep my bowels regulated.  Psyllium is a soluble fibre and acts as a binding agent to prevent constipation.  Great for me.  I add one teaspoon a day.

Frozen yoghurt:  I don’t eat too much dairy, and if I buy some good quality yoghurt I find it tends to go off before eating, so I freeze it into ice cubes.  My favourite is the DeWinkel brand, I find it is far less sugar than most brands on the market and it freezes well.  I add two frozen cubes into my smoothie.  This ensures I have a bit of dairy, and some of the good stuff that yoghurt provides.

Ice cubes:  This is purely optional.  I find adding a couple of ice cubes helps to make the smoothie a wee bit smoother.  Less runny.  It is totally optional if you add this in, or how many you add in.  I usually use two, but sometimes I leave it out…especially on a cold day!

Water:  Now, here you can add water, coconut water, a nut milk, cows milk, more yoghurt….any liquid you like really.  I use water as it is easier.  The perfect amount I have found, with all the other added ingredients is 3/4 cup.

Once you have added all your ingredients, mix it up.  I have only ever tried making smoothies in my Nutri Ninja.  I assume it would work just as well in a blender, although you might have to stop it and scrap down the sides.

I am always on the look out for new ingredients to make my smoothie more superfood like.  This is a great way I have found to get a whole load of good fats, nutrients and minerals into my diet, with little effort.

Good luck with your smoothies….go forth and smooth.  Let me know what you make.

Green Smoothie

Here is a recipe of my own green smoothie. I have developed this for my diet, but it is good for anyone to add these ingredients into their daily lifestyle.
You can add or remove whatever you want.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp kale powder
  • 1 tbsp LSA
  • 1 tsp Psyllium husk
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt (My ice cube trays are 1tbsp)
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 3/4 cups water
  1. Add all ingredients in the order listed above to your blender/smoothie container.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

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