This Simple Green Smoothie uses ginger, coconut water, kale, apple, and spinach.
Now that class is over I'm finding myself back to having a routine. The last few weeks (the end of the semester) I found myself eating way fewer fruits and veggies and more things that left me feeling "blaa"(aka lots of "happy hour" french fries).
One way to jumpstart my fruit and veggie intake has been going to back to making veggie-heavy smoothies. They're a great light meal and a nice alternative to the heavier winter breakfasts like oatmeals I've been eating.
I live in a very "healthy" centric part of town. A few blocks away from our place is the main drag. It's jammed packed with yoga studios, juice bars, and healthy cafes. In the morning I am often torn about popping out and grab an $8 smoothie from one of the trendy spots but the looming threat of student loans deters me at the door.
While it's nice to go out for fancy thing like smoothies, making them at home is so much more economical. For twentyish dollars, I can get enough ingredients to make a simple green smoothie every day of the week. Plus, it's just so easy.
- Grated ginger
- Coconut water
- Pinch of sea salt
Tips + Notes
When it comes to making the perfect simple green smoothie, there a few things I like to consider. Personally, I don't want it to be too sweet or too grassy tasking. And I don't want it to taste heavy of things like fennel or celery. Sometimes that's just too much for the morning, you know?
For me, the perfect one is a balance of mildly sweet and mildly healthy tasting with some extra freshness from a spice like ginger. But most importantly for me, is that the ingredients have to be things you're likely to actually have in the house on a regular basis.
For me, kale, apple, spinach, the classic banana, and a touch of ginger makes a perfect balance. Bonus because they're things I'm likely to keep stocked. If you're looking for something more elaborate this can easily be jazzed up with some green powder (I like this version), a shot of wheatgrass (I like this brand), or even a hit of iron (I swear by this one)
- Try using all kale or all spinach
- Swap the apple for a ripe pear
- Use some orange instead of lemon
- If you don't have coconut water try a light nut milk like hemp or rice milk
- 2 leaves kale, torn and stems removed
- 1/ 2 cup fresh spinach
- 1 banana, preferably frozen
- ¼ of a lemon, peel removed
- 1 tsp. grated ginger (I like to use a microplane)
- 1 cup coconut water (plant-based milk will work too)
- ½ an apple, peeled and cored
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place everything in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more coconut water if needed. Garnish with hemp hearts, ground chia, or flax.