Hiya guys! Happy new week! I thought I’d start it by sharing a quick and easy Green Cleanse Smoothie. This is one of my go-to green smoothie recipes for a healthy and cleansing breakfast drink.
If you know me then you know I love my green smoothies. There is no better colour for a smoothie! Although at first sight they might look like a creepy green monster drink, they can actually be so sweet and delicious. When I make a green smoothie I like to blend together creamy or citrus fruits (like mango or banana, and pineapple or orange) with nut butters (like almond butter or peanut butter) in addition to those leafy greens. In the end, the only way to remember you’re drinking your greens is by its unmistakable colour.
This smoothie recipe is a blend of spinach, kiwi, pineapple, almond butter, vanilla protein powder, fresh ginger, parsley and almond milk. It’s a light and refreshing combo that’s sweet and cleansing.
Okay, let me take a moment to call out the elephant in the smoothie… the parsley. I know what you might be thinking. That there is absolutely NO WAY you are putting this after-thought garnish in your smoothie. But I urge you to give it a try.
Parsley in smoothies adds a beautiful freshness, and a lovely taste! You’ll be pleasantly surprised. In fact, I have served numerous green smoothies with parsley to a number of friends and they have all been converted.
I’m not going to lie, I too was a bit skeptical to the idea until my first parsley infused smoothie, and now it’s become a must-ingredient. Just take a look at my Flight Therapy Smoothie that also uses the mighty herb. It’s become a ritual. Now I buy bunches of parsley at the market and keep it in the freezer, solely for the purpose of making smoothies.
But not only is it the taste to love when it comes to putting parsley in a smoothie. There is no denying that parsley is SO good for you. It’s a cleansing anti-inflammatory herb. It’s good for digestion and is even said to give you better breath. We all need more of this herb in our lives and I’m here to help you, starting with your breakfast smoothie!
As for the other ingredients, the citrus fruits (pineapple and kiwi) work so well in this smoothie for a fresh and sweet drink.It’s interesting to know that the skins of the kiwis are super nutritious, and so I’ve tossed the whole kiwi in the blender, without peeling. But in case that gives you the heebie-jeebies (after all, I did just introduce you to parsley in smoothies, perhaps one step at a time?) feel free to peel the kiwi before blending.
Finally it’s the almond butter and ginger that really round out the smoothie. The almond butter is a healthy gat that gives a lovely creaminess and nutty taste. And the ginger offers a gentle spice.
All-in-all this green smoothie is a great go-to for a healthy breakfast that packs in those greens first thing. You’ll feel so healthful drinking it, whilst enjoying every sweet sip.
I do hope you’ll try this Green Cleanse Smoothie, and that you embrace the parsley! And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. (I’d love to know whether you liked parsley in your smoothie!). And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.
Green Cleanse Smoothie
- 1 handful spinach , fresh or frozen
- 1/2 kiwi
- 1/4 cup pineapple
- 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup parsley tightly packed
- 1 cup water (or unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 3 ice cubes
- In a blender add all your ingredients: spinach, kiwi, pineapple, almond butter, hemp hearts, parsley, water, ginger and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
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