5 Green Smoothie Recipes for a Healthy St. Patrick’s Day

Healthy Recipes Wednesday, March 9, 2016 Written by

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t have to be all beer and shepherd’s pie. In fact, it can be a great time to renew your New Year’s resolutions and refocus your energies towards getting—or staying—in great shape, eating well, and taking care of yourself.

With that goal in mind, smoothies can be the perfect antidote to partying and drinking on St. Patty’s Day. Smoothies offer a great way to pack in the fruits and vegetables, protein, and fiber, for a nutritious snack or meal replacement.

And in honor of this green-hued holiday, let’s focus on green smoothie recipes—drinks featuring kale, spinach, and other greens. So put down the beer stein and hoist your blender instead.

5 Delectable Green Smoothie Recipes

Collard Greens and Mango

The addition of mango and grapes here help tamp down the bitterness of the greens in this green smoothie, adding a natural sweetness that also complements the inclusion of lime.

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups stemmed and chopped collard greens or spinach
  • 1 1/2cups frozen mango
  • 1 cup green grapes

Courtesy of RealSimple

collard greens mango green smoothie

Avocado, Kale, Pineapple, and Coconut

The use of avocado lends a rich, velvety quality to this green smoothie. This one also adds coconut meat and water, both of which pack in the nutrients. The addition of green tea will give you a slight caffeine boost on a drowsy day.

  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted, peeled
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped Tuscan kale
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped coconut meat
  • 1 cup coconut water or iced green tea
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1 tablespoon light agave nectar
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Courtesy of Bon Appetit

avocado kale pineapple coconut green smoothie

Kale Banana

Bananas offer great carbohydrate fuel (perfect if you’re training for the Shamrock Run!) and kale is packed with fiber and vitamins. By adding flax seed, you gain heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed or meal
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Courtesy of All Recipes

kale banana

Peanut Butter Kale

It’s hard to resist peanut butter in a smoothie. For the best results, opt for a peanut butter with no sugar added. You’ll gain the benefits of protein, fiber, antioxidants, and potassium, which lowers your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. And of course, it adds richness and creaminess.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup nut milk
  • 1 cup torn kale
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Courtesy of Bon Appetit

peanut butter kale

Kiwi, Spinach, and Avocado

Kiwi and granny smith apples add tartness that helps cut the bitterness of the spinach, and the avocado brings it all together, adding creaminess to this green smoothie. Don’t forget to peel the kiwis first, and core the apples.

  • 2 granny smith apples
  • ½ avocado
  • 3 kiwis
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup water

Courtesy of Raw Family

kiwi spinach avocado

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