It’s green smoothie time!
Most of you probably don’t know this, but I posted this green smoothie recipe one year ago when I first started blogging (read: had no clue what I was doing). And every time I looked at this post, I cringed at the pictures. They just did not do this recipe justice, which happens to be one of my favorite green smoothie recipes of all time.
So for the sake of giving this delicious recipe an equally deserving picture, I present to you my updated Glow Green Smoothie post. Same recipe. Better pictures. And I’ve decided to keep the same content from when I originally posted this recipe because everything is still relevant.
With that said, old content is starting now.
I’ve always been hesitant about welcoming winter, one reason being that I’m not fond of cold weather since there is nothing else to do but stay inside and go stir crazy. Another reason is the fact that my skin ALWAYS dries out from the lack of humidity and looks like leathery, elephant skin. Am I the only one who goes through this or does yours do the same? It’s quite dreadful. My hands usually get so dry they crack and bleed. I’ve tried the usual remedies of using less soap and liberal amounts of moisturizer, but it’s not sufficient.
As a registered dietitian, I am aware of the many nutrients required to maintain healthy, glowing skin – Vitamins A, C, E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, protein. But I never thought about intentionally combining all these nutrients into one beverage…until the idea of this green smoothie came to mind.
My first trial of this glow green smoothie was an epic fail. Hubby quickly pointed out it was because there was no banana. According to him, banana covers a multitude of sins. And wow was he right! The classic strawberry and banana combination is the main flavor component of this smoothie, with the addition of spinach greens and healthy fats from walnuts and wheat germ.
I was surprised at how hydrated my skin looked in just three days after drinking this green smoothie. Now, it has become a daily regimen for my skin health. I usually drink it mid-morning between breakfast and lunch, but it also makes a quick, on-the-go breakfast.
Here’s the breakdown of the powerful nutrients at play in this delicious glow green smoothie:
- Vitamin A – spinach
- Vitamin C – strawberries and lemon
- Vitamin E – almond milk and wheat germ
- Zinc – wheat germ
- Omega-3 fatty acids – walnuts
- Protein – wheat germ and walnuts
- More antioxidants for kicking free radical butts!- matcha green tea powder
I am loving matcha right now! Are you? Matcha is the powder form of green tea, traditionally used in Japan for tea ceremonies. It is becoming very popular here in the U.S. and I wouldn’t be surprised if it started showing up on grocery store shelves more often. If you don’t keep matcha at home, that’s totally fine. You can make this smoothie without matcha and it doesn’t alter the flavor significantly.
Now about wheat germ. What’s not to love about wheat germ? For 60 calories per serving, you get a nutrient-dense helping of Vitamin E, zinc, thiamine, folate, phosphorus, magnesium, and more. It is also versatile and can be added or sprinkled onto many foods (oatmeal, parfait, muesli, muffins, SMOOTHIES).
I hope you make it, love it, and share it with many special people in your life! If you do decide to try it, feel free to tag me on instagram so I can see! Thanks!
- ½ cup frozen banana
- ½ cup baby spinach, packed
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- Juice of ½ lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon)
- 2 tablespoons wheat germ
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea
- 1 cup almond milk
- Place ingredients in a blender in the order they are listed and blend on high until smooth.