If you aren’t used to a green smoothie with minimal fruit, this won’t be as sweet as what you are used to, but don’t let that deter you! If you’re trying to transition from super sweet fruit-based smoothies, you can simply add in a few chunks of pineapple or berries to this one and then gradually reduce the extra fruit each week to get back to the recommended amount in this recipe.
Servings: (1) 16 oz smoothie or (2) 8oz smoothies
- 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice), we used this one
- 1 cup spinach (or leafy greens of choice)
- Half of a medium pear or apple
- Half of a cucumber
- Zest and juice of one lemon
- ½ inch ginger root or pinch of ground ginger (optional)
- 1 cup ice (optional)
This could not be any simpler…add everything to a blender, mix and enjoy!
Pro tip: adding citrus juice (and especially the zest) adds bright refreshing flavor that easily masks veggies, without adding fruit sugars
Feel free to get creative with your flavor combinations, remembering to stay plant-based and aware of how additions affect nutritional content.
Optional add-ins (not all together!)*:
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (or other nut butter of choice)
- 1 date
- 1 teaspoon flax/hemp/chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of unsweetened coconut
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower (this is a great sub for ice, to maintain a creamy texture while adding more nutrients)
- ½ cup diced zucchini
*Add-ins will affect the nutritional content
Estimated Nutritional Info for (1) 16 oz smoothie:
Calories: 158, fat: 4.5g, carbs: 26g (20.5 net), fiber 5.5g, sugar: 11g, protein: 5g