I was inspired to start making green smoothies after reading Angela Liddon's recipe at ohsheglows. (Angela is a baker of all things healthy and a delightfully honest blogger who shares scrumptious vegan recipes on her site. I highly recommend taking a peek at the link!) I'll admit I was a little hesitant at first about adding handfuls of spinach or kale to a smoothie -- they make it look so... green! -- but after my first sip I was hooked. The greens blend in really nicely with the other flavours of fruits and nuts in the drink, and together these foods provide a healthy dose of vitamins, protein, fibre, and antioxidants.
I started with Angela's great recipe for a Green Monster Smoothie and began experimenting with different nut butters and add-ins. This particular smoothie uses cashew butter and mango along with banana and spinach, and it is really yummy!
To make this super smoothie, you'll need:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cashew butter
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
half a mango, peeled and diced
1 frozen ripe banana
Place all ingredients in the order given in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!
If you're not familiar with chia seeds, they're a really powerful energy food. Though they're tiny in size, the seeds are packed full of omega-3s, fibre, iron, calcium and magnesium. Chia seeds are great blended in smoothies, sprinkled on salads or oatmeal, or used in baking recipes. (Fun fact: If you grew up in the 70s and 80s like I did, you may have even used chia seeds to grow your own pet!)