Easy peasy lemon squeezy – Green Smoothies

Easy peasy lemon squeezy – Green Smoothies

Over the past year, I have developed a routine of having a green smoothie on an almost daily basis. I’ve recently had a few people ask me what I put in my smoothies so I thought I’d share some of my favourite recipes.

I can’t take all the credit for these delicious smoothies however. I joined a “30 day green smoothie challenge” about this time last year in which you were sent a different recipe everyday, along with shopping lists and facts on ingredients. Since then, I have developed quite a taste for strange vegetable and fruit concoctions.

What I’ve learnt about green smoothies..

  • It really doesn’t matter what you put in them! Just chuck in veggies and  a piece of fruit, like an apple or pear for some sweetness.
  • Although I’ve used measurements in the below recipes, it’s not entirely necessary. Just go with the flow!
  • Green smoothies are great for a meal replacement. I mostly have mine with breakfast or morning tea at work.
  • Although I love to use coconut water because it adds some sweetness, you can just use regular, tap water.
  • I bought a Cuisinart Compact Blender Stainless Steel which came with a variety of different sized  jars, including chopping cups (for making dips or chopping nuts, etc) and travel cups. The travel cups are great because you can make the smoothies to-go without even needing to pour it in to a different cup. Needless to say,  I am very happy with my selection.
  • I use a blender as oppose to a juicer because, 1) juicers are hard to clean – who can be bothered? 2) the majority of nutrients comes from the peel of fruit and veg.
  • After completing my 30 day challenge, I continue to have green smoothies regularly as I feel fuller and healthier.
  • I love adding ginger and garlic for a kick. They’re incredibly good for you and help when you’re feeling under the weather.
  • Lastly, I find making smoothies is really fun, especially mixing different ingredients together!

So here’s my top 6 favourite smoothies. If you’re missing an ingredient, don’t worry about it. Experimenting is half the fun.

Let me know which ones you like best!

Bright Citrus Berry (my favourite)

1 cup blueberries
1 orange
1 cup spinach
1 handful parsley
1 cup coconut or regular water

Apple Cleanse

1 apple
2 cups spinach
1 handful basil
1 lime
1 cup coconut water

Alison’s regular

1/4 Cucumber
1 Celery stick
1 Apple
1 Lime
Handful of Spinach
Cup of Coconut water

Healing Detox Smoothie 

1 banana
½ cucumber
1 rib celery
1 handful parsley
1 knuckle ginger
1 cup coconut or regular water

Berry Green Smoothie

1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
2 cups greens of choice
1 handful mint
1 cup coconut water

Young & Raw Smoothie

2 cups mango – fresh or frozen
1 lime
4 leaves kale
1 inch knuckle ginger
1 cup coconut or regular water

The challenge is a great way to get healthy and explore new ingredients. If you’re interested in green smoothies and health foods generally, head on over to Young and Raw.

That’s it from me..
Sending you love, light & health, Alison

PS. some picture of ingredients that I already had in the house – might provide some inspiration!

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7 thoughts on “Easy peasy lemon squeezy – Green Smoothies

  1. Great article Alison! Always good to see others interest in health and well-being. I myself am not a fan of green smoothies, more of a fruit smoothie only. One thing ild like to mention is that green smoothies are a good boost but a diet including a range of food groups in moderation is the key. Also, be aware of the site young and raw as articles are written by people who are not experts just interested in health, recipes also do not contain meat, dairy or eggs which are a fantastic source of protein as well as vitamins and minerals.

  2. Nice smoothie recipes definitely going to try a few of them! I have been using a lot of beetroot recently which gives it an awesome taste.. but obviously changes the colour. Good luck with the objectives!

  3. Great smoothies, Alison. I love a green smoothie too. My favourite is based on one I had in a cafe called Sweet Bones in Canberra. It’s kale/silverbeet, banana, apple juice, water and a little bit of flax oil or ground flaxseeds. It’s really sweet and creamy.
    I also bought Kris Carr’s ebook of green juices and smoothies for more inspiration. My favourite recipe includes avocado, lime and coriander, which is a weird combination in a drink, but it tastes great. Very refreshing. Probably not too different to yours with lime and basil…I must try that too.

    • Mmmmm it sounds like I need to visit this Sweet Bones cafe! I’ve been meaning to add flaxseeds, I’ll have to try it out! Thanks for reading 🙂 PS. can’t go wrong with lime, it’s my favourite!

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