A simple Glowing Green Smoothie is a great way to start your day! Healthy greens sweetened with fresh fruit provide lots of antioxidants, fibre, and nutrients which are great for digestion and detoxification.
I must credit nutritionist and wholistic wellness expert, Kimberly Snyder, with making the Glowing Green Smoothie famous. My version is a little simpler than hers, with only six ingredients plus water. It's free from dairy, gluten, grains, and nuts, and suitable for a vegan diet.
You may remember from high school science class that chlorophyll is what makes plants green. It absorbs light, changing it into energy. And, chlorophyll has a number of benefits for our bodies including absorbing toxins and helping to reduce the risk of cancer.
Whether in the form of a salad or a smoothie like this one, it's good to consume fresh greens daily. This smoothie has enough fruit to sweeten it, so you'll enjoy drinking it day after day.
Other Great Chlorophyll-Rich Smoothies
- Green Apple Smoothie
- Apple Spinach Smoothie
- Mango Spinach Smoothie
- Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- Healthy Green Smoothie
- Get six green smoothies in one place here!
- Fresh Spinach - your primary source of green chlorophyll here
- Celery - a great source of antioxidants. Celery fights inflammation, supports digestion, supplies vitamins and minerals, and has an alkalizing effect.
- Green Apple - I used a Granny Smith apple here. It's tart and contributes to the green theme. You could use any type of apple you like, though.
- Lemon - for tartness, detoxification, and alkalizing
- Pear and Banana - add sweetness and fibre, and of course, more great nutrients
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make a Glowing Green Smoothie
Add water to a blender jar up to the 1-cup (250 mL) mark. Then add chunks of apple, pear, celery, and banana. Drop in a handful of spinach leaves, too.
Process it on the Smoothie setting if you have a Blendtec blender. Otherwise, run your blender at high speed until everything is smooth.
Pour your smoothie into a tall glass and enjoy it. Or use two glasses and share it!
Hint: Smoothies are a great place to use frozen bananas. If you have previously frozen chunks of banana, they would work fine in here.
- Spinach - instead of spinach, you can use romaine lettuce or kale
- Pear - use any kind of pear that you like
- Apple - any apple will work fine, too
I really like my Blendtec blender. It quickly processes chunks of fruit and vegetables smoothly without the need of a tamper. The fifth side of the Blendtec Wildside jar keeps chunks tossed into the centre toward the blades.
I'm sure you'll want to drink all of your smoothie right away, but if you don't, you can keep it in the refrigerator for a few hours.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Drinking a green smoothie is probably the easiest way to get most of your daily servings of fresh fruit and vegetables all at once. By doing this first thing in the morning, you ensure that your day is off to a good start. Change up the ingredients for variety, so you get a broad spectrum of nutrients over time.
Green smoothies are great for your skin! Leafy greens like spinach, dark lettuce, and kale are great sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants help our bodies deal with free radicals which are byproducts of bodily functions and exposure to environmental toxins. By protecting our cells from damage, we keep our skin looking good!
It may seem that there's not much lemon in here, but it's important. Don't leave it out, or you'll lose that vital zip.
Glowing Green Smoothie
- 1 blender
- 1 cup water
- juice of half a lemon
- 1 stalk celery roughly chopped into 2-inch chunks
- 1 Granny Smith apple quartered and cored
- 1 Bosc pear quartered and cored
- 1 banana peeled and broken into 3 or 4 chunks
- 1 handful fresh spinach
- Add ingredients to blender jar and process on "Smoothie" setting or at high speed until smooth.1 cup water, juice of half a lemon, 1 stalk celery, 1 Granny Smith apple, 1 Bosc pear, 1 banana, 1 handful fresh spinach
- You'll get a feel for how small the fruit and vegetables need to be chopped for your blender. Usually, you can get away with leaving the chunks relatively large.