If you’re a newbie to healthy eating or smoothies, the idea of adding vegetables to your smoothie might not be very appealing. It should be though.
You can choose to add a small handball of greens, such as spinach, to any smoothie, like a berry smoothie. The beauty of this is that you won’t even be able to taste the spinach. The berries will overpower its flavour completely, and so it’s a great way to add a little extra vitamins to your drink.
This recipe, though, goes one step further. A very large step in fact as this smoothie is made primarily from greens.
I’ve tried several combinations of green smoothies. To be honest, most of them didn’t taste amazing. The spinach or kale flavour was too dominant and it lacked a sweet tone to the smoothie. I tried with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries but never got the combination with spinach and kale just right.
The other day, though, I was finally able to make some progress. Instead of only relying on berries to give sweetness to my green smoothie, I added some mint leaves to the blender. What a brilliant idea.
I also swapped the berries with mango instead – for two reasons. One, I’m slightly obsessed with mangoes so I’ll take any opportunity to use them. Two, even though mangoes are bright yellow, they don’t seem to add a whole lot of colour to smoothies, at least not as much as blueberries and raspberries. Those berries will quickly transform your green smoothie into a brown smoothie, which isn’t the most appealing. The mango, on the other hand, allowed the green colour to really stand out – just look at those pictures. The green colour is so vibrant and beautiful. That’s how a green smoothie should look like.
This smoothie is primarily made from spinach. Hence, the spinach flavour will obviously come through, but the mango and mint leaves help create a very fresh and sweet smoothie.
It’s best served immediately as the mint flavour will be strongest while the temperature is low. I found that placing it in the fridge for an hour took away a lot of its freshness and mint flavour.
Try making this Green Mint Smoothie as part of your breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up, and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or take a picture of it, post it on instagram and tag it with #themostlyhealthy. Catch ya later, friends.
- 2 handfuld spinach (about 60 g)
- 1 handful kale (about 15 g)
- 1/2 cup frozen mango (about 60 g)
- 5-6 mint leaves, more or less to taste
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup almond milk (substitutes: coconut milk, water, juice, etc)
Toss everything into your blender and blend until smooth. Serve immidiately.