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Green Goddess Smoothie

Why this name? Simply because this is my absolute favourite green smoothie…

Green Goddess Smoothie - thespiceadventuress.com

I started having smoothies for breakfast way before the whole trend kicked in. The reason being, I dislike having breakfast. I know, it’s not meant to be ideal from a health perspective but I simply can’t bring myself to eat anything in the morning.

Since I dislike breakfast and couldn’t be forced to eat anything, my mom used to serve me rice gruel. It’s light and usually made from broken red rice so I could just drink it straight from the bowl. When I moved out of home for higher studies and then marriage, the initial idea was to skip breakfast which I did too for a while. But when I realised that this was not great for my health, I started looking for liquid breakfast ideas. And thus my relationship with smoothies took off…

Even the term ‘smoothie’ was a bit foreign, I would call it a milkshake as I often used milk as the liquid base to blend with the other ingredients.

Years have passed and I still have a smoothie for breakfast almost every single day, especially weekdays. I often post about my daily smoothies on my Facebook page as each one does not require a detailed blog post. So if you are looking for ideas, check out my FB page. Also if you are a smoothie fan like me, do share some of your favourite combinations too.

While I do make other green smoothies, this one has to be my favourite because it’s so delicious. Usually green smoothies have a bad reputation when it comes to the taste department but this one is packed with nutrients and flavourful at the same time.

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie - thespiceadventuress.com

The reason why this green smoothie is so delicious is the addition of ginger, pear and lemon which really adds sweetness and a spicy citrusy zing. I like to add a handful of nuts to most smoothies; sometimes the nuts are on rotation and sometimes a handful of mixed ones. For this green smoothie, I added a paleo mix that I picked up from Aldi which has nuts, seeds and dried coconut flakes.

Usually milk is my preferred liquid base for most smoothies, but I used yoghurt for this green smoothie as it requires that extra creaminess with the slightly sour edge which adds to the deliciousness.

While I have provided a recipe, it’s important to adjust measurements depending on your taste preferences. Play around with the quantities till you get your favourite Green Goddess Smoothie.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup kale; chopped
  2. ½ cup baby spinach
  3. 1 small pear; diced
  4. ½ Lebanese cucumber; deseeded and diced
  5. ½ tsp grated ginger
  6. Juice of ½ lemon
  7. ½ cup plain yoghurt
  8. A handful of paleo mix (nuts, seeds and dried coconut)

Method:

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender till smooth. Add more yoghurt if you like a creamier texture.

Green Goddess Smoothie

 

 

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Banana Coffee Smoothie

My first post for 2015 has to be about coffee – my poison!

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I had been a ‘milk drinking’ gal for the longest time. But while doing my Master’s, I realized that my humble glass of milk could not keep me awake during the long, intense (and sometimes, boring) lectures on genetics, virology, immunology etc….

My classmates recommended the strong, dark potion called coffee sold at our in-house café, and that’s how the addiction started. This particular brew was full on – high on sugar, high on caffeine and the habit stuck.

Today, I simply cannot function without my cuppa coffee. For a brief period, my caffeine levels were dangerously unhealthy but luckily, common sense and will power prevailed. I have cut down my coffee intake to 1-2 cups a day now. But I still need it high on sugar, high on caffeine. And whenever I order my cappuccino at a café and say 3 sugars please, I still get the ‘3 sugar-really-look’?

When I first saw this smoothie on Nigella Lawson’s (well, who doesn’t know the domestic goddess) channel, it was love at first sight. Coffee with banana…..what a delicious way to hide my caffeine beneath a lot of nutritional goodness!

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The banana coffee smoothie is the simplest one to make. I always store peeled bananas in my freezer; it comes so handy to whip up a smoothie and you don’t need to hunt for ice too. The smaller varieties of banana work best as these are sweeter and you don’t need to add any extra sugar; and if you must add honey to sweeten the smoothie.

While in India, I was a Nescafe girl but here in Melbourne, Moccona is my go-to instant coffee powder. It’s rich, dark and delicious…..and makes me the perfect cappuccino.

So if you are a coffee lover like me, then this smoothie is a must try…a great pick-me-up for those rushed mornings when you need more than a caffeine kick. And if you don’t like coffee, you can still make this smoothie; just replace the coffee with chocolate – as my son has it!

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Ingredients:

1. 2 small bananas; fresh or frozen
2. 1 cup milk
3. ½ tsp Moccona medium roast coffee (adjust measurements to taste)
4. ½ tsp honey
5. Ice cubes, optional

Method:

1. Blend all the ingredients together into a smoothie consistency.
2. Enjoy your caffeine kick!

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