This wasn’t originally a recipe I intended to post here as green smoothies are something that people seem to love or hate – those that love them seem to have their method of making them down pat, whereas the haters do’t really care, which is fair enough. I fall in the former camp and tend to go through phases with green smoothies – more over the cooler summer months. I usually through in whatever greens are in the garden or fridge, and as little fruit as possible – I like them to taste really “green”! Another reason there aren’t many green smoothie recipes on here, they are definitely not to everyone’s tastes.
But despite not containing too much fruit, this one is definitely “blog worthy” – it has a beautifully creamy texture thanks to the avocado, and the taste is refreshing and slightly sweet without being too overwhelming. The lime juice is the star here, I would probably add closer to a whole juiced lime but add half first and then see how you go. You can always blend in more later if you think it needs it. Adding a little citrus in the form of freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice can actually help sweeten the smoothie a little without adding any additional fruit.
I like to stir through some chia seeds into the finished smoothie (ie after it’s blended) as I love the texture of the little pops of chia seeds when drinking the smoothie – it reminds me of eating sago pudding as a child – or “frogs eggs” as I referred to it. If frogs eggs in your smoothie just isn’t your thing though, you can just leave the chia seeds out, or add them in before you blend the smoothie.
This smoothie packs a mean nutritional punch – full of healthy fats from the avocado which help to absorb all the other nutrients in the smoothie. The smoothie also contains a lot of ingredients that are fantastic to include in your diet when cleansing (and in your your daily diet regardless) which can assist the body in it’s natural cleansing processes and also help strengthen the immune system to help fight off disease and infection.
This smoothie was originally intended to be a seasonal smoothie, but while the apples and greens are in season here at the moment, and you may still come across the last fruits off a lime tree, you definitely won’t find any avocados growing in Tasmania at the moment… Or ever I suscpect – our cooler climate doesn’t really lend well to the ideal conditions for growing avocado! So I guess you could say this smoothie is mostly seasonal.
I’ve been having this green smoothie for breakfast as part of my cleanse (three days in and feeling great in case you were wondering) which was a great idea at the time wehn planning what to eat, but not such a great idea when I got to work Monday morning in 1.5 C temperatures and I had an icy cold smoothie to drink for breakfast… Thankfully the weather has warmed as the week went on, though next time I do a cleanse in winter I may look to the weather forecast before picking a smoothie to have in the chilly mornings!
- Flesh from 1 avocado
- 2 sweet apples, cored and roughly chopped
- ½ small zucchini, roughly chopped
- ½ cup chopped broccoli florets
- 1 small knob peeled ginger
- Roughly ¼ cup loosely packed parsley
- ½ juiced lime
- 2 leaves kale
- 1 cup brewed + cooled green tea
- ⅔ cup almond milk (or water)
- 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered food processor and blend until smooth and combined.
- Pour into two jars and stir a teaspoon of chia seeds through each. Allow to sit at least half an hour (though overnight is best) before consuming.
Yum! I am in the love-group. Definitely. Green smoothies are so delicious and healthy . Love the addition of ginger and broccoli here.
This looks so yummy. I love how thick it looks, almost like a pudding. I love my smoothies to be super thick. Even though it is a little chilly here now I still can’t let go of having smoothies, although hot oats have made a big re-appearance :)
I hope the cleanse is going well!
Katie @ Whole Nourishment says
I love how creamy an avocado can make smoothies and I especially like the lime in here. Your newsletter on happiness was great. The fact that we have a choice is so key, isn’t it?!
Lauren @ Lauren Caris Cooks says
This is ALL my favourite things in one glass!! Gah I just can’t get over how BEAUTIFUL everything on your blog is. Hands down a new follower here. I can’t wait to follow along with you!
Thank you so much Lauren, you’ve put a big smile on my face :) xx
Love your post. I have tried this yesterday. Great recipe and my kids also loved it.
Thanks so much Kate!