This energy boosting green smoothie is my absolute favorite go-to breakfast recipe, and an awesome afternoon snack if you’re looking for some more energy. It combines greens, nutrient dense fruit, and blue-green algae for the ultimate morning boost!
Energy Boosting Green Smoothie
Hi friends! I’m sharing today my go-to simple green smoothie. This is the green smoothie I make almost every single day, and love how versatile it is. I use spinach most days because you can’t taste the greens, but you’re still getting about 2-3 cups of greens first thing in the morning. Heck yes.
As for fruit, I try to keep it under 1/2 cup of fruit for the whole smoothie and typically go for frozen bananas and blueberries. You could also skip the banana and do 1/2 cup of blueberries for the whole smoothie. But the real special ingredient of this energy boosting green smoothie is spirulina.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that can grow in very extreme conditions. Spirulina has 60% protein content, making it one of the few plant-based sources of complete protein, meaning it has all of the essential amino acids your body needs but can’t make on it own. It is also a good source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, E, and K. Spirulina also contains gamma linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid.
Spirulina is considered to be a super food for its ability to boost immunity, fight allergies, and reduce fatigue. In fact, it’s one of the oldest foods and 14th century Aztecs were known to use it (pretty cool, right?) Spirulina has also been used for allergies, chronic fatigue, and even some research around diabetes. I wouldn’t recommend this for someone trying to get rid of their diabetes, but adding spirulina to your smoothie is an awesome way to boost energy and reduce inflammation. Spirulina may also reduce oxidative stress due to it’s free radical scavenging ability.
The Perfect Smoothie Combination
This is a staple smoothie, but if you’re looking for different combination ideas, I got you covered. The key to thinking about a well-balanced smoothie comes down to four things: vegetable, fiber, fat, and protein. For example in this smoothie I have spinach as my vegetable, chia seeds as my fiber (and some omega-3 fat), almond butter as my fat source (and has some protein), and a collagen protein powder.
This combination will help keep you full until your next meal, and won’t spike your blood sugar as much because we’re adding fiber, fat, and protein along with the fruit. Make sense? Okay, now let’s get to that smoothie recipe!
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 scoop collagen protein powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until well combined.