As a busy mum, sometimes I find it difficult to sit down for a full breakfast. I mean, who has the time, right? On those days when we’re running around and I can barely find a second to breathe (phew!), I whip up a quick healthy smoothie to keep my energy up and my stress levels down!
I love avocados. They’re full of nutritional value, including monounsaturated fatty acids as well as a host of phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. Avocados are great for keeping my hair and nails healthy, they reduce the risk of heart disease, and they regulate blood sugar levels. Beyond that, their neutral, buttery flavour and texture work well in a variety of applications- it’s really no wonder why avocados are such a popular fruit!
Spinach is another nutritional powerhouse, which is why it’s so commonly found in smoothie recipes. It contains a good amount of protein and calcium, as well as fiber, vitamins A, E, C and K, thiamin, manganese, phosphorous and potassium. Wheatgrass is also gaining in popularity these days, mainly because it’s such an effective healer, and aids in cellular regeneration. Did you know that wheatgrass contains all the minerals known to man? It’s also 70% chlorophyll, which is important for your blood. Ever since I started incorporating wheatgrass into my diet, I’ve felt my energy levels increase- which I definitely need, considering I have three active boys to keep up with!
When I make this smoothie, I start with a juice base of spinach, pears and wheatgrass. Juicing is a fad that I don’t particularly love- it’s great, but it removes all the beneficial fiber from the food, and juice doesn’t keep me full as long as a smoothie does. That’s why I just use my juice as a base for my smoothie- that way, I can have a little extra hit of concentrated wellness from the juice (as well as an extra punch of flavour!), but I also benefit from all the fiber of my blended fruits and vegetables. I recommend investing in a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix. It is fairly pricey, but if you love smoothies, it’s an excellent investment to make.
The next time you’re feeling rushed and stressed in your day, whip up one of these green smoothies! I guarantee, you’ll feel the benefits immediately, and will continue to feel revitalized and energetic throughout the day. Do you have any favourite smoothie add-ins? Let me know in the comments below! And as I always say, eat well to live well!
- Handful of Spinach
- 2 cups fresh Wheatgrass, or ¼ cup powder
- 1 medium cucumber
- 2 pears
- ½ lemon, zested and juiced
- ½ avocado
- ice cubes
- Juice of spinach, wheatgrass, and pears
1. Make about 1 cup of juice from spinach, wheatgrass and pears.
2 .Pour the juice into a blender with the lemon juice and zest, avocado and ice cubes. Blend together until smooth. Serve immediately.