Ahh, the basic smoothie, the breakfast, snack, meal that has graced the feeds of our Instagram, our Facebook posts and every corner of any health/fitness/diet blog or website. Such a simple drink, yet it has become the fore-runner for a new food revolution. Before I get over-philosophical about this basic drink, I want to share with you my go to, every Monday, pick me up smoothie recipe. Green may not be quite an inviting colour, but having a green smoothie to begin my week seems like a good reset for a new week. This smoothie is an essential base for some of my smoothie bowls but also tastes great by itself.
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp flax seeds
2 cups spinach
1/2 Granny Smith Apple
1/2 cup of water
1/4 tsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup frozen berries of your choice
You can use any other apple for this smoothie for a sweeter taste; I just prefer Granny Smith because its a little bit more tart so that incase I use the smoothie for a smoothie bowl, its not too sweet. The chia and flax seeds are completely optional; I just like to sneak in some extra protein into my smoothies without altering the taste. You can also use hemp seeds if that’s more your cup of tea. Toppings are also completely optional; i just like to add some more seeds after to give my smoothie a little bit of a crunch. I know it may seem weird, but I love it.
These directions are fairly simple. All you need to do is chop up the ingredients to make it easier for your blender to break down the fruit. I use a NutriBullet for my smoothies because my blender has been overused for so many Ghanaian recipes that it has a lingering onion/savory taste to it. If you want a review on my NutriBullet, feel free to comment below. A blender does the job just as well too. I try and mix up the layers of fruit and veggies so that it all blend up together.
I just let it pulse for a few seconds till the smoothie in the blender is moving freely in a swirl.
I generally take my smoothies to go, especially when I am rushing to class or heading to the gym; it fills me up and keeps me alert through some very dry organic chemistry lectures. I do not know what I will do without this miracle drink.
I love to top my smoothies with chia, flax seeds and some pumpkin seeds, but when I want a little bit of colour, I also add some frozen berries as little sweet treats to find in the smoothie. Sometimes I add extra bananas, if I am really hungry or some cacao nibs. I just love being creative with my smoothies. For me, food is all about letting your expressive self shine and be reflected in what you eat. And if you eat fresh, wholesome fruits and vegetables with a large range of colour, the amount of creative things you can come up with is endless.
If you want more smoothie favourites and ideas, feel free to leave a comment below, or even if you just want to say hi, you can do that too! I hope you love this very simple, yet amazing smoothie and want to here all about your favourite green smoothies.