Gains and greens smoothie {Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan}

I am a big fan of smoothie bowls especially in the morning when time is not on your side or in the evening when you want something quick and you have nothing to be prepared with! However, I could never find a smoothie online which was green and did not include banana, dates or mango to try to hide or mask the benefits of all the nutrients.

Well! that’s where this greens and gains smoothie delivers! It is only sweetened with kiwi and with their skin on and the monk fruit sweetener which is in the protein powder!

I also added in some extra secret weapons to bump up the nutrient value and flavour factor too!

We are going all green with the ingredients except for the protein powder and coconut milk.

I used frozen spinach as the base and also to give it the vital cold factor which is a must for a smoothie! The accompanying greens are fresh mint or basil leaves, green kiwi, 1/2 an avocado, matcha powder, a squeeze of lime or lemon which enhances the absorption of vitamin C, iron and zinc and phytochemical found in all the ingredients absorption.

For the liquid, I used full fat coconut milk from a BPA free can. I just used 3 tablespoons and then diluted the remainder with filtered water to reach 1 cup. The coconut milk alongside the avocado provides the much-needed fat to absorb the fat-soluble nutrients and also do not forget that all steroid hormones are synthesised from cholesterol!!!!

For the protein powder, I used Amino man vegan vanilla protein https://aminoman.com. I prefer utilising vegan protein powder. If it is made with pea protein it has also been shown to be beneficial for the microbiota. I do not have an affiliation code with them as of yet form you to use with a discount but should do very soon. Another favourite protein powder is Nuzest which is super high quality. They both mix very well compared to sun warrior which tastes like clay. If you prefer whey then please use that too.
The smoothie takes 2 minutes to make! I could have gone more adventurous with the toppings but prefer to keep it minimal sometimes with only a few things on for texture or for visual appeal as we eat with our eyes first!

Gains and greens smoothie

Start to finish:5 minutes
Servings: 1
Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen spinach
few fresh mint leaves or basil or both
1 cup dairy-free milk – 3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk with filtered water

 a squeeze of 1/2 lime or lemon

 1 tsp matcha powder
1/2 avocado
1 kiwi – skin on
1 scoop of protein powder of choice

Instructions

1. Add all ingredients to a blender.


 2. Blend ingredients for 2-3 minutes until smooth and thick.


 3. Scoop out the smoothie into a bowl.


 4. Top with additional ingredients. I used another kiwi, a sprinkle of unsweetened desiccated coconut and a sprinkle of Celtic sea salt.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories: 402 Protein: 30g Carbs: 21g Fiber:12.7g Sugar: 2.1g Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 9.6g Polyunsaturated: 1.9g Monounsaturated: 6.7g Cholesterol: mg Calcium: 327mg Copper: 0.4mg Iron: 8.1mg Magnesium: 175mg Sodium: 573mg Potassium: 943mg Selenium: 15mg Sodium: 573mg Zinc: 2.7mg Vitamin A: 23015iu Vitamin B1: 0.2mg Vitamin B2: 0.4mg Vitamin B3 2.1mg Vitamin B5: 1.1mg Vitamin B6: 0.5mg Vitamin B9 / Folate: 290úg Vitamin B12: 0.0úg Choline: 56mg Vitamin A: 5709iu Vitamin C: 10mg Vitamin D: 0IU Vitamin E: 8mg Vitamin K: 1041ūg

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