According to a few folks who are considered authorities in the food trend space, green smoothies and smoothie bowls are soooo last year. I have to admit that my Instagram feed and Pinterest boards were full of them in 2016, and I love them too much to stop any time soon. As we all know, today we demand convenience but also want what we eat to support health and vitality. Smoothies, in my mind, are still one of the easiest, most convenient ways to get nutrition into our bodies. With endless possibilities for ingredient combinations (and beautiful toppings too!), I find myself drinking them day in and out without getting bored.
With that in mind, today I’ve got 17 green smoothies for a healthy 2017 to share with you, all of which contain different functional foods that can help with every-day needs. That could be a pick-me-up because you feel tired and lethargic, a strong dose of goodies to boost your immune system, or a potent mix of anti-inflammatories and protein to help your muscles recover post-workout. Rev up your blender!
Vanilla Clementine Green Smoothie
This smoothie gets its boost of nutrition from moringa, a plant with a wide range of functional uses. Dr Axe wrote a great big article on it which you can read here if you’re interested in learning the details, but I tend to add it to my smoothies for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as because I find it gives me a boost in energy sans-caffeine. It tastes quite green on its own (so I don’t recommend simply shaking it up with water), but a small scoop of Salome Naturals moringa is what I’ve used in this smoothie and the sweetness of the clementines covers it right up.
Apple Cinnamon Crunch Smoothie Bowl
I’ll be honest – my favourite part about this bowl isn’t necessarily the smoothie, but the crunchy toppings! It’s got a mix of sweet tartness from the apples with crunchy granola and cashews. Best enjoyed with a great big spoon.
Cucumber Mint Lemonade Smoothie
This one’s a less-sweet blend, and it’s perfect for times when you feel the need for a body reset. With silica-rich cucumber and collagen (which is loaded with amino acids), it’s an amazing choice for boosting health of our cartilage, muscle, ligaments and bones. Our bodies’ natural collagen production declines with age, so taking a supplement is a great way to counteract that. As a bonus, it’s also fantastic for hair, skin and nail health, and it only took a month of supplementation for me to notice a massive difference. If you’re looking for one to try, my fave is WithinUs TruMarine Collagen, which comes from fish and can be more digestion-friendly than other collagen products.
Hot Shot Green Smoothie
This smoothie is one of my all-time faves because of it’s sweet-turned-spicy taste. It’s green in colour, but hiding inside are oranges, ginger, cayenne and turmeric root, the most potent anti-inflammatory root currently known. The recipe was inspired by The Kickstarter Smoothie at Whole Foods, and upon first taste I knew I had to figure out how to re-create a similar version myself.
Green Start Smoothie
Pear, apple and lemon – that’s the trio you’ll find in here and when combined together, they deliver a slightly tart, moderately sweet and 100% delicious result.
Immunity-Boosting Pineapple Kiwi Coconut Smoothie Bowl
If you’ve got a cold like I currently do, chaga mushrooms are what you need! I just re-stocked on my mushroom elixirs from Four Sigmatic, including chaga which supports immune function. You’ll also find a ton of vitamin C in this smoothie bowl thanks to kiwis, lime and pineapple, as well as plenty of ginger. If you’re new here, you’ll soon learn that I put it in everything!
ABC Green Smoothie
If you’re new to green bevvies, this one is for you. Mildly green, but if you put it some sort of drinking vessel where you can’t see the colour, you’d never know. A perfect intro smoothie.
Post-Workout Perfection Smoothie Bowl
The name says it all! High in protein, anti-inflammatory ingredients, anti-oxidants and vitamin C, this one’s a great choice after you’ve conquered a solid sweat session.
Stress Release Smoothie Bowl
Feeling a little wound up? Toss these bits in your blender and prepare to unwind. Oats, blueberries, avocado and bananas are all great foods for helping calm the nervous system. In addition, you’ll find a bit of raw cacao (mega antioxidants!) and maca root powder, a powerful adaptogenic root that supports the adrenals. If you’re shopping, I recommend Vega or Navitas Naturals.
Skin Food Smoothie Bowl
In the thick of winter, I’m sure we’d all agree that our skin could use some lovin’. This creation contains vitamin-C rich papaya, avocado and hemp seeds for healthy fats that help our skin to stay glowy, and loads of antioxidants from berries, moringa and green tea.
Green Mango Moringa Smoothie
Another one that falls towards the sweeter end of the spectrum, this is a great choice if you’re a newer green smoothie enthusiast and still prefer more fruit in your blends.
Pineapple Matcha Green Smoothie
I don’t consume much caffeine aside from my pre-workout energizer, but when I do, it’s from matcha! Similar to my collagen, the TruOrganic Matcha that I’ve used here is from WithinUs and is a premium, high-quality organic powder. (This is important – many others contain additives and fillers, and as a result are far from pure.) Matcha is so rich in antioxidants that it’s a no-brainer for supporting health. It also makes for a very vibrant green smoothie!
Vitamin C Booster Smoothie Bowl
Another good one if you’re under the weather. Blend this up, slurp it down, and feel better soon!
Super Green Peanut Butter & Ginger Smoothie
This is an oldie but a goodie that you have to taste in order to appreciate. Peanut butter and ginger may not sound like the most intuitive combo, but for all of my fellow friends who are 100% addicted to Chimes Ginger Chews, you’ll get me.
Powerplant Pineapple Smoothie
Pineapple is amazing for adding both sweetness and acidity to smoothies, and if your digestion could use some help, it’s perfect for that too. Pineapple contains a digestive enzyme called bromelain which can help us to break down otherwise difficult-to-digest proteins. It’s definitely not in season right now, but I always have a stock of frozen chunks on hand.
Cinnamon Ginger Pear Smoothie
I like to think of this one as a warmer smoothie – not to be confused for a smoothie that is warm in temperature. It’s still a cold beverage, but the spices inside – ginger, cinnamon and cloves – help to give it a more seasonal flavour.
My Favourite Stress-Busting, Digestion-Boosting Smoothie
If you’re feeling frazzled, sometimes your stomach can be the first place you notice it. I don’t know about you, but when I’m having a stressful day, there is nothing right about my digestion! This smoothie supports both with foods that are great for the nervous system and digestive processes, as well as those that reduce inflammation. (And yes, that means more ginger!)
Phew! That should keep you hydrated for a while, right? I’d love to hear which ones you try, so be sure to tag me, @eatspinrunrpt on Instagram and show me your creations. In the meantime, tell me about your current fave smoothie ingredients. Any new ones you hope to try this year?