Lime and Coconut Green Smoothie
If you haven’t tried a green smoothie before, I highly encourage you to do so. They do wonders for your skin and leave you with tons of energy (and if you have, you’ll already know this)! I know what you’re thinking: how is something liquid and so green supposed to taste any amount of good? I’ve been there before, and was completely turned off when my first attempt at a green smoothie turned out
absolutely awful not so good. Then again, I’d used tofu, pumpkin and no sweetener. Yikes.
Yet after gathering the courage to make the tried-and-tested beginner’s green monster, I was pleasantly surprised. It tasted really good, and apart from the bright green hue I couldn’t detect any spinach-y taste – only banana. After about a week of green smoothies I began to notice a significant difference in my skin and energy levels, and have never looked back!
Since I usually have a green smoothie for breakfast everyday, I’ve been trying to look for ways to add a twist to the regular mix. My Coconut and Lime Cupcake sparked an idea and after a few rounds of tweaking, I came up with a tropical green smoothie I was smitten with.
Here’s to a good green monster 🙂
- 1 cup of spinach (packed)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 cup soymilk (or any other preferably non dairy milk)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 a banana, frozen (best to slice before freezing for easier blending)
- 1.5 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- Round of lime and shredded unsweetened coconut, to decorate
- Place the spinach and water in a bowl and microwave* for about 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted.
- Stir in the molasses, then transfer bowl to the freezer in order to cool spinach.
- Meanwhile, measure and place the rest of the ingredients in a blender/VitaMix (take your time as you want the spinach to cool a little).
- Add the spinach and molasses mixture and blend until smooth. You may add a little maple syrup if you want your smoothie sweeter.
- Pour into a glass and decorate with round of lime and coconut if desired.
*Note: You may be wondering why on earth I’m microwaving the spinach before adding it to the smoothie. This is because when spinach is cooked, the iron in it is more easily absorbed than when it is raw. You can choose not to microwave the spinach and just add the spinach, molasses and water straight into the blender or if you have no time to cool the spinach, you can add ice to the smoothie (warm smoothie = blegh!)