What is a Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie is a fruit and green vegetable based drink or breakfast alternative which is made with a combination of creamy fruit, greens, superfoods and dried fruit. Its a quick on the go breakfast option and can be made in advance and kept for 3-4 days in your refrigerator. It can be eaten or drunk by itself or you can soak it overnight with rolled oats or chia seeds to make it a more substantial breakfast. A green smoothie is usually made with banana or avocado as its base and has kale or spinach or green algae as its ‘green’ base. It can be made sweet or savoury depending on your preference.
How to Make a Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie can be a delicious healthy breakfast alternative and has to be made with the obvious ingredient of spinach, kale or green algae such as Spirulina or Chlorella. I like my green smoothies to be sweet and hence I use a combination of banana, spinach and naturally sweet fruits such as pineapple or nectarines. You can also add a date or two if you feel its not sweet enough but it is best avoided especially if you have already used fruit with a high sugar content such as mango or pineapple.
To make a green smoothie you will need a blender and preferrably a high powered one such as a Vitamix though a Nutri bullet or Nutri ninja works perfectly fine.
You will also need a liquid of your choice. It can be anything from almond milk, oat milk or any milk of your choice. You can also just use coconut water or regular filtered water, especially if the smoothie is made with avocado which provides more than adequate amount of moisture.
I love to add a good heaped spoon of superfood powders. I feel this nutritionally charges the green smoothie, taking it to a new healthy level! Different superfood powders complement different fruit and vegetable flavours. My current favourite superfood powders are Maca, Acai, Lucuma and Baobab. I find that Maca works well flavourwise with chocolate, strawberry and blueberries, Acai works well with beetroot and berries, Baobab with tropical fruit combinations and Lucuma with caramel and banana flavours. I want to experiment with Wheatgrass, Spirulina and Moringa as well because I love the nutrition profile and health benefits of these superfoods.
Mango Green Smoothie
This recipe is one of my tropical smoothie bowls and is made with a delicious combination of pineapple, mango, spinach, banana, coconut milk and Baobab. I came up with this recipe when I was craving something tropical and tangy and seriously missing Indian mangoes. I decided to make the best with what I could get here in London and the result was pretty amazing! This is seriously one of the best green smoothie recipes that I have made and felt that I had to share the recipe with you!
The best part is that it is so very simple make but packed with so much nutrition, flavour and texture. The tanginess of the baobab and mango, the sweetness of the pineapple, the creaminess from the banana and coconut milk and the green goodness from the spinach all combine to make the best tasting green smoothie ever! I topped this with some more tangy goodness from pomegranate, few sprigs of mint, oranges and bee pollen!
Baobab fruit powder Benefits
Baobab powder is superfood packed with the most amazing amount of health benefits. This was the first superfood powder I was introduced to and was amazed by its nutritional value. Baobab is pronounced as Bey-oh-bab or bay-oh-bob. The powder is made from the baobab fruit found in Africa and some parts of Australia. It is an ancient herbal remedy and is packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. It helps improve energy levels, especially post exercise. It also helps to improve fatigue levels and promotes healthy skin. The fruit itself has the highest amount of anti-oxidant properties which is double the amount of goji berries and much more blueberries and pomegranate combined!
For me the two stand out aspects of Baobab is its fibre and Vitamin C content. It has a surprising amount of Vitamin C! Approximately for every 100g of Baobab fruit, it has 500mg of Vitamin C. This is ten times more than oranges. 50% of it is made up of fibre which is great for heart health as well as gut health.
I find this powder a great addition to any recipe which is low in natural fibre. It’s Vitamin C content makes it tangy and citrusy and this is why I feel Baobab works great with a tropical fruit combination. I also feel it tastes great when added to an orange based juice or drink.
The first brand of Baobab that I was introduced to was Aduna’s baobab powder and it was seriously delicious with great quality. I really like this brand for Baobab. I recently came across another lovely brand called Minvita which is a UK based company and I liked the quality of their product as well and currently using their baobab powder,
Dairy free Overnight Oats
Final note I would like to add is that I find having just a fruit and veg based smoothie for breakfast a little too light. It is is sufficient for a mid day snack but just a smoothie bowl for breakfast does not completely satisfy me. This is why I make my smoothies in the evening and add a good handful of rolled oats or chia seeds and leave it to soak overnight. I will write more about the benefits of overnight oats in another post but with this green smoothie bowl I find it is a good method for a dairy free overnight oats recipe. It is dairy free as this smoothie is made with coconut milk. This method also ensures quick on the go breakfast as you can make the smoothie, add the oats and then store it in a box and take it with you to work the next morning to eat on the way. This mango overnight oats does not need cooking as the overnight soaking process, breaks down the oats and makes it creamy and digestible.
Give this gorgeous tropical green smoothie bowl a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!:) Also if you use Instagram then please tag your versions of my recipe with #meghnas and #meghnaskitchen so that I can be a part of your lovely healthy journey!