I’d be lying to you if I said my last week off work has been productive – instead I’ve found myself addicted to Rita and The Bridge on Netflix, because who doesn’t need a good Scandinavian drama in their life? It takes me back to wanting to learn Danish and reminds me constantly how hard it actually is. On top of that I’ve had a bit of a tidy up on my things, restocked the fridge with vegetables and got rid of all the snacky foods I keep running back to.
Honestly, even going vegan I never foresaw myself becoming the type of person that enjoys green juices/smoothies. I’m a fruit girl at heart, and when it comes to smoothies and juices, the sweeter the better for me. I’m not so into cold, blended vegetables and I don’t care how good they are for me, I just couldn’t see myself thinking “I could really go for a smoothie”. They’re one of those things I just don’t like the idea of. Until I tried this one, at least.
With my diet having completely flown off the rails since moving to Newcastle I’ve been feeling sluggish, exhausted and just generally not fantastic, as well as being massively frustrated that I’m 23 years old and have somehow been incapable of feeding myself properly of late. I found myself wandering the aisles of Morrisons with the intention of buying just about all the vegetables I could find to sort my life out with and somehow found myself debating the idea of a green smoothie. I had no recipes to hand and sort of improvised my own, grabbing just about anything I could think of putting together, and this was the result.
And so here we are, with them quickly becoming a big part of my routine becauseactually, this recipe isn’t half bad. It’s sort of a baby green smoothie – one with nothing too hardcore going on and still has that sweetness I like from smoothies, while being considerably better for me than packing myself full of sugar.
The Nitty Gritty
This smoothie is kind of an intro to green smoothies: one to warm your taste buds to something that isn’t berries in a blender – if you’re anything like me there’s some flavours in a green smoothie that aren’t so appealing at first.
The apple and pear add the sweetness while the lemon juice and ginger give it a bit of a kick (and being super good for you – ginger is excellent for the digestive system and is even better for fixing you up on your period. B’bye cramps and stomach pains. Lemon is also really great for the old digestive system and is a nice boost of vitamin C). I’m personally hounded non-stop about my iron levels so I have a bit of a habit of lobbing spinach and nutritional yeast in just about everything, hence the spinach. It’s pretty tasteless in smoothies an helps bulk it up a little too. Nutritionally there isn’t much to cucumber, but they’re a nice boost of fiber, and B vitamins, as well as a nice dose of vitamin C. And finally coconut water is super hydrating which is great if, like me, you suck at getting enough water into your system each day.
I’ll sometimes throw in some flax or chia, and occasionally also some protein powder or coconut oil depending on what I’m actually wanting from the smoothie- it’s base is nice and low calorie while being filling meaning it’s good alone, but can be a fulfilling breakfast or pre/post workout snack too. The real beauty is that you can throw just about anything in – some carrot, coconut oil, kale, hemp seeds or whatever else you find in your kitchen.
I either like to start my day with this smoothie or have it before exercise/yoga as it feels so light – there’s nothing worse than feeling heavy or sloshy mid-yoga session.
Check the full recipe out below!