No food blog – and no hipster café – is complete without a green smoothie nowadays. And that’s why I don’t want to hold back with my ultracreamy green smoothie.
Green smoothies can be a bit like cold vegetable soup. They are usually not creamy and indulgent unless they have lots of avocado and/or nut butters in. Now, dont get me wrong, avocado is definitely one of the healthiest foods under the sun and I love them (Avocado tarts or avocado brownies, anyone?). If you are trying to limit the fats in your diet, however, or have financial constraints (as avos can be rather exxy), they might not be your first choice. Thankfully, you can have an ultracreamy green smoothie without the fat – and we are not talking a chemical crap fest here like many things are that are labelled “low fat”, we are talking…beans.
Yes, you read that right. This smoothie contains beans. The protein and starch in the beans provides for ultimate creaminess, bulk and fluffiness as you would normally only achieve by putting LOTS of bananas and LOTS of avocado in. Just 2 tablespoons of any beans mean that you save a lot of avocado fats and banana sugar and still devour ultracreamy goodness! Not to mention that this sneaky addition costs you, like, between 10 and 20 cents, even if you buy organic. So how does that sound?
This smoothie is not only ultracreamy and ultradelicious, it is also ultragood for you. We all know the benefits of leafy greens which should be on our menu daily. The reality is, thinking of a fancy dinner involving several types of leafy greens is a nice idea for us that is hard to put into practice. I am a full-time working mum so I know how hard it can be to get your daily serves of veggies in! A green smoothie is the quickest, easiest and yummiest way to start the day on the right foot or get that mid-afternoon lift you are craving.
Adding beans does not only provide bulk and creaminess, with their protein and fibre this smoothie will keep you full for a long time!
Are you in?
Ultracreamy Green Smoothie
2 handfulls of kale or lettuce
2 handfulls of spinach or silverbeet
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp tinned beans of choice
1/2 cup coconut water (or other liquid of choice)
1 scoop vegan protein powder
matcha powder or other greens powder (optional)
any other supplements such as probiotics, maca, ashwagandha… (optional)
a handfull of ice cubes
Blend all ingredients bar the ice cubes in a high-powered blender until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blitz in.