I’d like to interrupt this baking spree with the best green smoothie I’ve ever made. I am not exaggerating.
In the winter, I drink fewer green smoothies. Maybe it’s because it’s cold outside and the idea of adding anything semi-frozen and green to my body feels like torture. Maybe it’s because I sleep later in the morning so I don’t have time to make smoothies. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t happen as often in January and February.
Still, after the baking spree I went on this past week, my body was calling out for greens. I had some extra spinach in my fridge that I wanted to use up, and some maca powder that I bought the other day at the grocery store. I invented a green smoothie on the spot. It turned out to be one of my most inspired creations.
I judge green smoothies by how easy they are to drink. The harder it is, the worse the recipe. This green smoothie is so easy to drink, it’s almost like dessert. Maybe in California, it would be considered dessert. It’s slightly sweet, tangy, and smooth, kind of like a milkshake. The best part is, it’s good for you.
I used frozen pineapple in the recipe but you could sub in frozen mango. I think it would have a similar vibe. I’d keep the other ingredients the same, though. Whatever you do, DO NOT leave out the avocado. The avocado is the unifying element in this smoothie. It holds everything together and makes the texture rich and smooth.
I topped my smoothie with a sprinkle of hemp hearts and chia seeds, and I drizzled on some orange blossom honey. I’d recommend drizzling on any kind of honey on top. Once you drink the smoothie, the honey will sink to the bottom and you’ll have a sweet last sip.
Here’s a song to get you started on your green smoothie-making journey. It came on this morning while I was driving to work and it reminded me how much I love it. It’s fun to sing along to.
The Best Green Smoothie EVER
1 cup baby spinach
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 ripe banana
1 tsp maca powder
1 avocado, pitted
1/4 tsp orange blossom honey, plus more for drizzling
hemp hearts and chia seeds for topping
Blend the spinach, almond milk, pineapple, banana, maca powder, avocado, and honey in a blender on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with a sprinkle of hemp hearts and chia seeds and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy!