As promised, I’m finally sharing my favorite green smoothie recipe with you guys. I make a smoothie every day in the summer for breakfast, and every few days in the winter as a snack. During the colder months, I can’t function without a hot breakfast, but by the afternoon I usually crave something sweet which is where this guy comes into play.
Although I have a lot of ingredients that I like to change up, this recipe is my go-to, the one that has stood the test of time. I don’t think I can ever get sick of it!
I wanted to highlight a few of the ingredients I use for added health benefit and why, so you can see that this odd-colored drink is just as nutritious as it is delicious.
I use a pasture-raised, grass-fed, non-GMO, collagen peptide powder that packs in 18 grams of protein per serving and is made with literally one ingredient, and isn’t pumped with flavors or sweeteners which I love. I generally hate the taste of artificially flavored/sweetened protein powders, so this one is great for me as it doesn’t add any flavor at all to the smoothie. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and taking it in this format promotes healthy hair, skin, nails, joints, and bones, and helps in your digestion process. Plus it fills you right up!
I add chia seeds to pretty much everything. When I worked for Joy Bauer at Nourish, she used to call them “nutrition sprinkles”. They’re full of omega-3 fatty acides, minerals, vitamins, and soluble fibers. They’re an easy superfood to eat because they have virtually no taste, so you can put them on anything from salads to soups, to smoothies, to oatmeal. The tiny seeds expand in your stomach, which keeps you fuller for longer. Win/win much?
I heard once that sunflower seeds were good for seasonal depression, so I looked into it. Turns out, they contain magnesium which has been proven to help people suffering from mild depression. I started adding them to my smoothies (especially in the winter) for that reason, and then found out that they also contain selenium which is great for thyroid health.
1 cup, milk of your choice (I prefer Califa Farms unsweetened almond milk because it’s free of carrageenan and has a much smaller ingredient list than most of the non-dairy milks)
1 large handful, fresh spinach (You can use frozen if you want, but with greens, I think it ruins the consistency and taste)
1/2 frozen banana (I keep halved frozen bananas in a big zip lock in my freezer at all times for easy access)
1 small handful, fresh or frozen berries (I use blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and sometimes cherries depending on my mood!)
1 scoop, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 tablespoon, chia seeds
1 tablespoon, raw almond butter or small handful of raw almonds (Peanut butter is great for other smoothies but in this one, it takes over with flavor)
1-2 tablespoons, sunflower seeds
Blend ingredients and enjoy!