Green Tea, Ginger and Spinach Smoothie
- 14 cashews, soaked in 60ml water or green tea or coconut water for at least 15 mins (or overnight)
- 50g avocado, roughly chopped
- 50g spinach (frozen or fresh)
- ½ apple (red or green)
- 150ml chilled green tea
- 4 ice cubes (ideally made from green tea)
- 2-3 cm chunk of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 ½ tbsp protein powder (pea , soya-bean and whey work well) (or 25g silken tofu or steamed squash/ cauliflower/ pumpkin)
- ½ tbsp ground chia seeds or ground flaxseed
Optional: for an extra-anti-oxidant zesty burst, you can add any of the following:
- 1 1/2 tsp baobab powder
- 1 tsp camu berry powder
- 1tsp acai berry powder
- Juice from ½ a lime
- Fresh fruit, eg. Sliced strawberry (for garnish)
This smoothie makes a delicious change to the traditional fruit-based ones. It is refreshing, dairy-free and packed with nutrients. Its vibrant colour is down to the spinach and avocado in it. A super way to get your 5 portions of fruit and veg a day!
I have used a little apple to sweeten this smoothie. However, it you prefer, a sugar substitute like stevia or lucuma powder works well.
To make this smoothie even more nutrient–rich and satisfying, I add ground chia or ground flaxseed, which boosts the omega, fibre and protein content. To increase the protein content even further, I add protein powder too (soya, pea and whey varieties work well). If you do not want to any of these supplements, simply omit for a less creamy smoothie or substitute for 25g silken tofu, steamed squash, cauliflower or pumpkin.
I love this smoothie; it is refreshing, healthy and satisfying, making it a super healthy breakfast, pre-work out drink and great to boost your energy levels!
- Throw all the ingredients in a blender.
- Whizz until smooth. Taste and adjust if required. This smoothie is sweet enough for my palate, but it you want it sweeter, you can add ½ tsp lucuma powder/ honey/ agave/ date syrup or stevia.
- Pour into a glass.
- Decorate with fresh fruit and serve.