Make It Easy Monday: Power Green Smoothie
St. Patrick’s Day is on the way! For many people, this holiday means going out for a few drinks. While there are plenty of gluten-free beers and hard ciders to choose from, those certainly aren’t your healthiest beverage options. This St. Patrick’s Day, opt for a healthier drink, like a green smoothie.
While some prepackaged green smoothies aren’t gluten-free because they contain wheatgrass, fear not—this homemade version, brought to you by Almond Breeze, is completely gluten-free. Plus, it’s super-nutritious and incredibly easy to make. You can bring it to work, enjoy it for breakfast, or have it as a healthy morning or afternoon snack! Since this recipe makes two servings, you can split it with a friend or family member, or enjoy it twice yourself!
Power Green Smoothie
This naturally gluten-free smoothie is full of green goodness. Pineapple and pear balance out the leafy greens, making this a great go-to smoothie at any time.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 cup (250 mL) kale—washed, leaves pulled off, stalks discarded (about 3 large stems)
1 cup (250 mL) spinach—washed, stems trimmed
½ Anjou or Bartlett pear—washed, peel on and quartered
1 medium (118 grams) banana—peeled and quartered
1 ½ cup (375 mL) frozen or fresh pineapple, chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) ground chia seeds
1 tbsp (15 mL) ground flaxseed
1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup
2 tbsp (30 mL) almond butter
1 cup (250 mL) Almond Breeze Vanilla Almondmilk
Put all the ingredients into a blender cup and blend until smooth. Adjust for taste. You can add more pineapple for increased acidity and more maple syrup for more sweetness. Serve cold immediately.
Per Serving (493g): Calories 377, Fat 14g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 112mg, Carbohydrate 62g, Fiber 11g, Sugars 36g, Protein 8g
Special thanks to Almond Breeze for providing this healthy green recipe! I love Almond Breeze’s dairy-free, gluten-free almond milk beverages. I use their original unsweetened almond milk to make mashed potatoes, their vanilla almond milk on my cereal, and enjoy their chocolate almond milk as a delicious treat!