Overheaad shot of vegan green smoothie with almond milk, banana, and spinach.

As noted in a recent post, a trend I’ve observed among the spring 2019 cookbooks is plant-based cooking. I’ve seen lots of vegetarian riffs on classic meaty dishes — buffalo cauliflower, moo shu vegetable wraps — and vegetables and legumes in general comprising the bulk of main course meals: zucchini noodle pad see ew, chickpea chopped salad, black bean and quinoa burgers.

Several of them bring a strong smoothie game, too, and two in particular — Healthier Together and Well + Good — have totally transformed my blending routine.

A few weeks ago, I shared the coffee smoothie recipe from Well + Good, which I’m still making and loving. 

But I’ve been loving another one, too. In Healthier Together, Liz Moody offers a simple framework for making green smoothies and says the secret to making a smoothie truly filling, is to pack it with with healthy fats and protein. Feeling inspired, I started adding spinach, hemp seeds (a fat and a protein), and chia seeds (also a fat and a protein) to my longtime favorite smoothie recipe: Violet’s Big Blueberry Smoothie.

If you’ve ever added spinach (and perhaps other greens) to your smoothie, you know that the spinach essentially disappears, imparting a very subtle vegetal flavor. I found my new vegetable-packed smoothie just as satisfying as before with the added bonus of keeping me fuller longer.

After several weeks of making spinach + blueberry smoothies, I swapped out the blueberries all together for a heap (3 ounces!) of spinach instead. And to compensate for the missing sweetness lent by the berries, I added a date. Without the berries in the mix, this combination whirls into a vibrant green hue. It’s delicious, nutritious, and satisfying. Here’s the basic formula:

Green Smoothie Formula

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  •  a heap of spinach
  • almond milk or milk of choice
  • almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 1 date
  • pinch of sea salt
  • optional add-ins: chia and/or hemp seeds
  • ice

Friends, are you into green smoothies? If so, what do you add to yours?

All of the ingredients for the green smoothie on the counter ready to be blended in the blender.

A blender filled with green smoothie, finished blending.

A tall glass filled with a green smoothie.

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