For the past few months I’ve been making a green smoothie for my breakfast. It’s perfect for the days I go to work and the mornings I’m rushing around for the school run. The thing about green smoothies is although while worthy, they’re not always tasty; liquified vegetables aren’t the most appetising of things. But my smoothie contains a ripe banana which adds sweetness and makes everything taste just fine. It’s actually, genuinely, really tasty plus it keeps you full for a good while.
There are quite a few sites recommending that chia seeds get soaked first before using, but I’ve not really seen any scientific evidence to support that.. Personally, I soak them and add them to the smoothie after everything is blended because I like the texture, but you do what you would like to do. Add them before blending, add them on top after, it doesn’t really matter, but do try them, they really are packed with goodness (although they are expensive, I get mine from Nutriseed where they’re quite a bit cheaper).
Feel free to change-up the ingredients too. Broccoli is a good substitute although you can taste it a little. If you don’t like banana, add another fruit, although be warned anything red turns the whole drink brown. But don’t omit the oats though, they are what help you keep full.
Oh, and unless you are using something like a Nutribullet, make sure any thick stems from the kale are taken off. Feel free to add some maple syrup to sweeten the drink more, although I’ve found I don’t need to and I have a super sweet tooth.
- 1 tsp Chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1 banana
- Big handful of spinach
- Big handful of kale
- 250ml milk of your choice (I use almond milk)
- Soak the chia seeds in a little milk and set aside for at least 20 minutes.
- Place all the other ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.
- Add the soaked seeds into the mixture.