Energizing Green Smoothie

Energizing Green Smoothie
Hey dude that works the gym front desk every morning at 5 am.  I know I look like a crazy person.  I know that you see me stroll in here, half asleep, most likely still in my pj’s.  I know that you notice me sometimes glaring at you from my one-awake-eye, wondering how you can be so perky at this time of the morning.  Don’t get me wrong;  I’m not a grumpy person.  In fact, I’m pretty nice.  But until I’ve had my morning smoothie, don’t mess with me… k?

 

The scary thing is that the dude that works the front desk every morning at 5 am knows what I really look like. The me without the shower, without my makeup, and without my kale.  It’s horrifying, believe me. Green smoothie to the rescue!

Let’s start with some basics!  This smoothie gets an energy boost with a base of your favorite green tea (I like Yogi brand).  If you don’t drink caffeine, you always sub decaffeinated green tea, nondairy milk, or water. Next we add in our amazing greens.  Kale is one of the most nutritious (and delicious) green foods. Did you know that in addition to being full of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, fiber, folate, and calcium, kale also contains protein and omega-3 fats?  Unbelievable!

 

I like adding frozen bananas to smoothies because they add a creamy consistency and help to bulk the smoothie up.  Frozen berries also add a bit of tart sweetness while adding more vitamin C and antioxidants. Feel the power!

 

A lot of smoothies use solely fruit for their base, but since I eat this one for breakfast, I like to add regular rolled oats in as well since the extra fiber helps me to feel full longer.  I also added in some almonds for healthy fats and extra hunger-fighting power.

 

Energizing Green Smoothie

 

Energizing Green Smoothie

 

By itself, this smoothie has a tart sweetness from the banana and berries.  If you like your smoothies on the sweeter side, I recommend adding two pitted Medjool dates.  If you’re really going the extra mile, I also recommend adding in a tablespoon of wheatgrass powder.  (I don’t have a wheatgrass juicer so I love adding this wheatgrass powder to smoothies.)  Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll, amino acids, and enzymes.  This will definitely give your day a boost and start you off on the right foot!

 

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Energizing Green Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag of green tea
  • 12 ounces of hot water
  • 4 large pieces of kale
  • 1 banana, peeled and frozen
  • 1 cup berries, frozen
  • ¼ cup regular rolled oats (or gluten-free if needed)
  • small handful of almonds (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 Tablespoon wheatgrass powder (optional)
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted (optional)
  • Brew your green tea in 12 ounces of hot water. Brew ahead of time and let sit in the refrigerator to cool.
Instructions
  1. Blend (cooled) green tea with kale, banana, berries, oats, almonds, ice, wheatgrass powder (if using), and dates (if using). Blend until smooth and drink up!
  2. Note: if you do not have a Vitamix or high-powered blender, you can blend the green tea and kale first to ensure that the kale is thoroughly blended. Then add your other ingredients and blend more.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sonnet,

    This green smoothie looks absolutely yummy! I love to use green tea in my smoothies when I can, I have a recipe on my smoothie recipe blog which uses matcha powder for my source of green tea goodness. I like it because I don’t have to brew anything which can often take up a lot of time, and I try to avoid using the off the shelf premade varieties of tea which tend to have a very stale taste. The other benefit to matcha powder is the fact that it uses the whole leaf, so you get the chlorophyll, fiber, and other macro nutrients that you might not otherwise get by just using brewed tea itself, although I see you make up for that with wheatgrass powder. (love that stuff!)

    I too have found kale, along with spinach to be one of the best bang for the buck greens, or any food for that matter, that you can add to a smoothie. They are so low in calories that I essentially look at them as a “free” food, in that you can eat as much of it as you want by itself. Or at the very least, if you’re calorie counting or merely being more mindful about what you put in your smoothies, you can still generally go nuts on the kale, spinach, and chard. I think adding these types of nutrient dense foods to a smoothie is what turns it from a healthy treat to a real super food, and even possible meal replacement, especially if you use some vegan protein powders or greek yogurt.

    I tend to use frozen bananas in large amount of my recipes, because like you, I have found they add a creamy consistency and texture that is irresistible and hard to get any other way. Plus for folks who may not want to use something like greek yogurt to thicken up there smoothies, it allows for a viable vegan/vegetarian alternative, and a tasty one at that. I often will buy organic bananas in season when they are nice and cheap and the just break them into thirds and toss them all in plastic baggies and safely tuck them away in my big chest freezer. It really has made a difference in terms of convenience.

    Another trick I have found to make these smoothies more affordable too, is to buy the frozen organic berries in bulk whenever possible. I am on the east coast of the U.S. and we have a costco/sams club type chain of stores here called “BJ’s” and they stock a 3 lb bag of organic frozen mixed berries for just 10 dollars! The mixed berry blend is strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, and it makes the smoothie so delicious at a reasonable price! I look forward to seeing more delicious recipes from you, especially smoothies, yum!

    • says

      Aww, you are very welcome! I actually love using tea in a lot of my smoothie recipes in some form or another. I could whip up a tasty recipe of my own and send it your way, do a guest post if you’d like, maybe with a different kind of tea? (an even healthier one believe it or not!) I think everyone here would enjoy it! Let me know :).

  2. says

    I like to blend some fresh spinach into my smoothies (that I share with my toddler ;-), but they are still mostly fruit based. I love your idea of adding oats and nuts into the smoothie, and also using green tea instead of fruit juice as a liquid. I’ll definitely give this a try!

  3. says

    Yum, I love using previously steeped green tea in my smoothies! I tried making a mint chocolate chip smoothie with peppermint tea the other week and it turned out SO good! Such a great way to infuse flavor without artificial stuff

  4. cookingwithlysa says

    I have never used green tea in my smoothies! It looks absolutely delicious and great for a little morning boost.

  5. says

    Hello Sonnet,

    What a beautiful blog/website to stumble across “on accident”. Your layout, photos, spirit, and FOOD CHOICES, are simply lovely. My family is laid low with a cold at the moment and our sweet 1-year old is not really hungry. I bought some Kale at our Farmer’s Market today and went online to search “Green Smoothies For Kids” that was about an hour ago and I have been lusting after your food recipes ever since. I think I am going to make this smoothie for our family today – with an immune boosting tea, rather green. Thank you so much for sharing your passions with the world-at-large.

    • says

      Thank you! My buttons are on the right column under “stay connected.” You can sign up for email updates and the rss feed, as well as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Hope this helps! :)

  6. Myrite says

    Hi Sonnet,
    great blog and green smoothie recipe! I also work as a Holistic food Coach and educator, I graduated from The institute for Integrative Nutrition, how about you?
    Funny enough, your logo is similar to my Tasty Life beet! (www.tastylife.org) seems we have lots in common!
    haha!

  7. says

    I admire what you have done here Sonnet. This looks like a good way to trick my kids into eating veggies. However, I really like brocolli and spinach fresh and with salad dressing. So no incentive for me to try to hide them in smoothies and possibly make me like the smoothie less! If I had a blender, I know what sort of drink I’d be whipping up for my kids though! Thanks for the idea!

  8. Dorna says

    I love your blog and recipes! How inspiring and creative! thank you for sharing with us. I’m inspired to get start drinking green smoothies! Here’s to health!

  9. says

    It will be better to use natural health drinks for energizing the body. Wheatgrass will be a sensible option as it has numerous benefits as compared to the artificially prepared health drinks.

  10. dan says

    I love my morning green smoothie! If I add organic green tea leaves (without steeping in hot water beforehand) will I still get the health benefits and the caffeine? Thanks!!! dan :-)

    • Sonnet says

      I’ve always made the tea so I’m not sure about adding the leaves directly, but you could also just add matcha which is essentially finely-ground tea leaves. Hope this helps.

  11. Sadie says

    This smoothie is one of the only smoothie recipes I’ve found that will keep me fueled till lunch. I have a pretty big, teenage sized appetite so wimpy fruit smoothies don’t usually cut it. Oh, and good to know I’m not the only one who rolls out of bed and hits the gym without glancing in the mirror ;)

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