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
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
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.