super green smoothie

super green smoothie

After a couple weeks of eating a lot of cake, I knew that a few days of healthy eating filled with lots of green vegetables was definitely in order. After all, I have quite a few more dessert recipes coming up, and I don’t want to end up physically turning into a cake.

So, when I’m in dessert overload and want to detox, one of my favourite ways to rebuild that healthy feeling inside of me is to make a load of green smoothies. When I make these drinks, I like to add lots of different ingredients and get a really good mixture of nutrients and vitamins etc.

This smoothie is definitely one of my favourites to make, as it really packs in the green goodness with a nice amount of kale, spinach, broccoli, avocado and cucumber – with a tsp spirulina to really boost its vibrance. Then, to sweeten it I add in banana, apple, cinnamon and two dried fruits I love; goji berries and apricots. Dried fruits are definitely my weakness. Dates, bananas, mangoes, raisins and other dried sweet morsels are my kind of candy – and would 100% choose them over regular confections any day.

I’ve now realised that my favourite dried fruits are apricots. When I was growing up, I used to like them and thought they were okay – but that’s because I’d been chewing on the sulphured versions the whole time. When I later tried an un-sulphured apricot everything changed. Seriously – why do we add sulphur to apricots?! Un-sulphured, naturally dried apricots taste incredible. They have this delicious, honey/caramel flavour that’s just sooo good (they also taste amazing with chocolate.. of course). So, when I make this smoothie I add in these yummy apricots for that added touch of special sweetness.

Lastly, for a subtle creaminess, I blend everything together with some almond milk. The result is sweet, tasty (for a green smoothie), and still refreshing. After drinking one of these, my thoughts of cupcakes finally manage to drift away and I’m able to start feeling that nice healthy boost of life flowing through me once again.

 

This does make quite a thick smoothie – I like them that way, as it gets me to chew the ingredients a bit before swallowing (which helps aid the digestion process, and has quite few other benefits – you can read them about here). If you don’t like them this thick, just add in some more almond milk and thin it out!

 

super green smoothie

serves 4

ingredients

2 cups (500ml) almond milk

2 medium bananas

1 tbsp dried goji berries

3 un-sulphured dried apricots (25g)

1 medium apple (115g)

1/2 avocado (50g)

1/2 cup (25g) spinach

1/2 cup (20g) kale

3 spears (25g) tenderstem broccoli

85g piece cucumber

1 tsp spirulina

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

method

1. Add the almond milk, bananas, goji berries, apricots, apple, avocado, spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, spirulina and cinnamon into a large blender – I used my Froothie Optimum 2.1 Blender, and blend together until completely smooth.

2. Then, pour the smoothie into glasses to serve. Pour any remaining mixture into a jug and keep in the fridge to stay cool in-between serving.

 

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70 comments:

    1. Thank you so much Kait! I love adding broccoli. As I like the taste of broccoli, I couldn’t really notice it – but if you don’t like raw broccoli then you can definitely just leave it out!! I’ve tried it without before 🙂 I hope you enjoy it!

  1. Never would’ve guessed you could get broccoli to look so good! That is one veggie I’ve never been able to get behind (silly tastebuds ;)) but I am loving it in this gorgeous smoothie! Ha, I feel you on the cake overload days. That may or may not be me right now! 😉 Pinning this!

  2. Oh my goodness! I never knew smoothies could be so pretty! I absolutely adore dried apricots, but I have never thought to put them in my smoothies. I’ll definitely try that in the near future, as I also need to start drinking some green smoothies before i turn into a slice of cake myself 😉 Love your photography!

  3. This looks so good, Harriet! What a lovely lhealthy vibrant perfect detox smoothie Recipe., I’ve never tried anything quite like this but I’m quite certain I would love it
    Thank you dear.for this excellent share .:)

  4. I have those very straws! Although I’ve been naughty and used them in mojitos, rather than green smoothies 😉 This sounds amazing – I have a green smoothie for breakfast most days, so I’ll definitely be trying this one soon x

  5. This smoothie looks like the perfect way to detox and pack in a nice dose of nutrition. I’m with you on the dried fruits – I love ’em…especially dried apricots! Love how green this smoothie is – looks delicious! <3

  6. You’re reminding me that I haven’t had dried apricots in far far too long! Love the sound of this smoothie! And especially how nice and green it is!

  7. I love the vibrant greenness that spirulina can bring to green smoothies! I never feel like drinking a green smoothie, but when I do I always enjoy it and feel great. A big, veg-filled smoothie has a way of making you feel full without feeling bloated or heavy! Such a good way of cramming nutrients in! You have inspired me to start making these again xx

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