Last updated on January 26th, 2020 at 12:07 pm
This refreshing green smoothie with banana, chia seeds and peaches is a healthy breakfast or snack that will give you real energy. You can make this healthy smoothie in 5 minutes, it’s currently – my favorite thing in the world.
Okay, I found it. This is the best green smoothie, EVER.
It’s no secret green smoothies make us feel awesome, right? I personally feel clean, light, hydrated and annoyingly full of energy. It’s just… most of them, I really don’t like them. They’re too green.
But this one…this one is perfect. It’s creamy, super healthy and it’s so so delicious without being overly sweet or overly grass-y.
It’s light, it’s fluffy and very hydrating, which is something I’m struggling with lately, even though I’m drinking SO MUCH water.
In other news, I bought a new blender.
A small, no-name one, it was around 20-30 bucks, not that much really when you look at it long-term. HUGE difference from the bigger blender though..
I always had chunks of fruit or spinach left back when I made my smoothies using that big, more expensive thing.
But with this one, smoothies get really smooth. So if you’re hating on your big blender, a smaller one might be your solution. I think it’s because the blades are positioned differently and you can deal with less ingredients here and it just smashes everything together and makes it into something really smooth.
Alright enough with my assumptions about blenders, we don’t want to die of boredom today, we wanna eat healthy!!!! Show me the green smoothie.
How to Make A Healthy Green Smoothie
If you want to make a tasty and healthy green smoothie, here are some basic steps to follow:
- Choose Your Vegetables. Spinach, lettuce, kale, nettle, fresh herbs, cucumber, celery are all great options.
- Choose your fruit – mango, berries, pine apple, kiwi, apple, pear, peach.
- Add a frozen banana or an avocado to make the smoothie creamier
- Add some spice like ginger or cinnamon
- Add nut butter of your choice to make the smoothie more filling
- Put everything into your blender and cover halfway (around 1 cup) water or nut milk of choice.
- Blend until everything becomes really smooth.
Now with this smoothie, I wanted it to be light and more like a snack than a breakfast, so I skipped the nut butter. I did add some fresh ginger and used frozen peaches to cool the smoothie off.
Health Benefits Of Green Smoothies
Getting enough nutrients through your diet, for example by drinking green smoothies, will ensure your immune system gets everything it needs to work properly – which is key for long-term health. Proper nutrition also makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight, to keep your skin healthy and to prevent premature aging, oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the body.
The Importance Of Alkalinity
The best thing about green smoothies, and this green smoothie, in particular, is that you get so many nutrients, while simultaneously preventing nutrient loss. This is super important when it comes to your body functioning properly.
I talked a little bit about alkalinity here, but in short: when you eat more alkalizing foods like this smoothie you prevent the demineralization and degradation of your bones and muscles, which occurs naturally with aging, but also with eating too many acid-building foods (like meat, bread, cheese and all the fast food you can think of).
To keep your diet alkaline, it’s very important to be getting enough potassium and as you can see below this smoothie provides around 15% of the recommended daily value at just about 100 kcal.
Will This Smoothie Help Me Lose Weight?
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, this smoothie can be helpful with weight loss. There’s a connection between weight gain and inflammation. I will talk about this in a post soon, but in general if you’re having a hard time losing weight, even though you’re eating healthy – it might be inflammation causing all that trouble. So eating a more anti-inflammatory diet by including healthy smoothies like this one can be helpful with losing weight.
Okay, now I’ll stop with the chit chat and let you make my favorite green smoothie!
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 peach, frozen
- 1 tsp ginger, grated
- 1 small cucumber or 1/2 big one
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1 cup spinach
- chia seeds (soaked!)
- Chop banana, peaches (if not frozen), cucumber. I recommend using frozen fruit for a creamier texture - either peaches or the banana, I used frozen peaches.
- Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until everything is smooth.
- Add some chia seeds if desired*
- Enjoy immediately.
*I recommend letting the chia seeds soak for around 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge to avoid digestive issues.
This recipe makes one smoothie, so if you want to meal prep it for the week ahead, you can prepare smoothie packs accordingly and put them in the freezer to save some time in the morning. Simply put all ingredients except for the almond milk in Ziploc bags and freeze them.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 18gProtein: 8g
Nutrition provided is for the smoothie without the chia seeds. Please note that these numbers are estimates.
So, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do every day for a couple of weeks now! Make sure to share the recipe with your family and friends to help them stay healthy and make the most of life!
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