Although the golden age of green smoothie recipes is probably behind us (good riddance!), I realized that for being a healthy recipe blog The New Baguette was seriously lacking in this department. That’s why today I am giving you my first and final word on the subject.
The biggest mistake people make with morning smoothies is that they consist of just fruit and water/milk/fruit juice. This makes the smoothie basically pure sugar. Adding vegetables (think greens, carrots, beets, celery, cucumbers) adds more fiber, helping to slow down the sugar absorption into your bloodstream. Superfoods like oats, nuts and seeds provide protein and fat, taking the smoothie from drink to meal-replacement territory.
So what makes this the Ultimate Green Smoothie, you ask? Well, it contains fruit, vegetables, whole grains AND caffeine, making it the perfect solution to harried mornings. Starting with a base of banana and leafy greens, you get two servings of produce right there. Rolled oats amp up the fiber content and add heft, helping to keep you feeling full for longer. Nut butter adds heart-healthy fat; chia seeds provide protein and calcium; matcha provides your necessary morning caffeine and tons of antioxidants. This smoothie also contains the superfood supplement spirulina, a blue-green algae powder (the final ‘green’ ingredient of this drink). This stuff is a great vegan source of iron, protein and B vitamins.
This recipe calls for a frozen banana, which gives the smoothie an icy texture and eliminates the need for watering it down with ice. I always keep bananas on hand and whenever I notice a few getting too brown, I cut them into chunks and freeze them in plastic wrap. To get my homemade nut milk recipe, click here.
- 2 handfuls organic baby spinach or baby kale
- 1 chopped frozen banana
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon additive-free nut butter
- 1 teaspoon organic matcha
- ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 cup nut milk
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- In a blender, combine all ingredients except for chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into serving glass and stir in chia seeds.