Recipe: Lemony green smoothie to get over that holiday sugar rush!

I got a few questions about this smoothie recipe that I featured on my Facebook live video today. So I figured I’d blog about it to share it with all of you!

This green smoothie is a favourite of mine. I find that it tastes like lemonade (as the lemon takes over most of the flavour, in my opinion).

Recipe: 

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 cup of parsley (I use flat leaf, as I find curly parsley can be a bit grainy in texture)
  • 1/2 lemon (peeled, i don’t seed it, the seeds disappear in the blending process)
  • 1/2 avocado (pitted and peeled)
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • ice cubes (optional)
  • Optional ingredient if you’re feeling adventurous: a dash of cayenne pepper

Place all of these ingredients in a high powered blender. I find that a good quality blender makes a big difference and makes the texture less grainy. I personally have the Ninja smoothie maker and it does the trick!

To take it to work, I put it in a mason jar and add ice cubes to it to keep it nice and cold while I commute to work.

About this smoothie: 

  • It’s low carb friendly
  • You get in a ton of greens. Read more about how good greens are for you.
  • I think it tastes like lemonade (my husband, has admitted that he thinks it tastes terrible, but he does drink it to get in his greens. So it can’t be that bad, because I’ve seen over the time I’ve known him that if he actually thinks something is gross he will not eat/drink it). 
  • You can pre-make a few in advance (just add in the coconut water and avocado right when you’re ready to blend. So have one veggie chopping session for 2-3 smoothies!)
  • It’s great for when you feel sluggish after a day or two of enjoying treats (for example, now, around the holidays!)
  • It has avocado. Avocados are good for you because:
    • They are high in B vitamins (except b12). B vitamins help with basic body function such as healthy function of the muscles, heart and nerves, general growth and development and supports a good immune system.
    • They have folic acid, which plays a huge role in the development of a baby’s nervous system (for those fellow pregnant ladies out there!) and can help treat some conditions like acne, fatigue, depression, gout, immune weakness, restless leg syndrome.
    • They are rich in potassium which helps with healthy cell function.

Happy smoothie making! Hope you try this smoothie and that you also think it tastes like lemon! 🙂 It’s a little out there and very green, but hey, you never know unless you try it!

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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