Dr Steph's easy Green Smoothie Recipe

Spring is here and with it comes smoothie season! Smoothies are a great way to get a big hit of nutrients an easy-to-digest form. It’s easy to get hung up on making the “perfect smoothie”, getting ingredient combinations right and making them pretty… we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t need to be perfect, you just need to get started!

 

Here’s our top tips: 

  • Pre-prepared!! Having pre-made frozen smoothie packs means it’s easy and fast to make your morning smoothie, and it’s a lot quicker to make your smoothie packs in bulk on the weekend. 
  • Use your leftovers. Smoothies don’t need to be Instagram-worthy – using up odds and ends of fruit and veg from the fridge is a great way to reduce food waste and increase nutrient intake. 
  • Get a good-quality booster – if you’re adding green powders or protein, ensure its high quality, organic and not full of filler ingredients. We recommend Changing Habits products (www.changinghabits.com.au

 
DR STEPH’S GREEN SMOOTHIE PREP
 
Sunday: go to your local farmers market or veggie store and buy locally-supplied, in-season ingredients. Reducing food miles and buying organic means a bigger hit of nutrition! 
 
Ingredient ideas: 

  • Spinach 
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini (lightly steamed and frozen)
  • Cauliflower (lightly steamed and frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Green apple
  • Cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Celery
  • Carrot tops
  • Any in-season greens!

 
Additions: 

  • Chia seeds
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric (root or powder)
  • Cinnamon
  • Green powder
  • Cacao powder
  • Coconut flakes
  • Frozen orange juice ice cubes 
  • Frozen lemon juice cubes 

To prep: wash all veggies and cut up. 
 
Green Smoothie Bags: 

  • 1-2 handfuls of greens
  • Half a cucumber
  • Half green apple
  • 1-2 cubes ginger
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • Quarter avocado 

 
Freeze smoothie bag. When required, break up ingredients and place in blender, cover with water and blend. Add more water until desired consistency achieved!
 
Note – smoothies are best blended fresh, but I often blend mine the night before and store in a thermos bottle (or just a glass bottle) ready to grab and go before morning shifts

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