Nutrition and flavor collide in this top-rated recipe for Healthy Green Smoothies loaded with vitamins and a surprising protein twist.
If time is of the a.m. essence, there isn’t a much faster or more nutrient-packed way to kickstart the day than with a smoothie. I’ve turned to the good ol’ standbys of kale and spinach to whip up Healthy Green Smoothies that are refreshing, creamy and protein-packed thanks to a big scoop of cottage cheese.
Yes! You read that right: cottage cheese is the secret ingredient in my green smoothies. It delivers big on the protein front while also lending an intense creaminess. Most important of all, it’s neutral in flavor, so it goes totally undetected in the mix.
How to Make Green Smoothies
I’m a big believer in the order in which you add smoothie ingredients to a blender. Some people will argue that if you have a super high-powered blender, you can just toss everything in an let the machine do the work. That will work if you’re blending with the likes of a Vitamix.
If you aren’t well-equipped on the blender front, I suggest always adding the liquid to the blender jug first. This gives the blade something to instantly grip onto and helps drag the remaining items down toward it.
The Benefits of Green Smoothies
Few meals pack as many individual nutrients, vitamins, minerals and a whole host of other health benefits into a single sip quite like a green smoothie. I like to focus on leafy greens, as well as protein and my go-to add-in, flaxseeds!
Flaxseeds are a health powerhouse and offer a wide range of benefits, including:
- They’re high in omega-3 fats (the good kind of fats!)
- They’re rich in dietary fiber
- They’re a great plant-based protein
So grab those greens and plug in that blender for the ultimate Healthy Green Smoothies recipe for a refreshing, nutrient-packed breakfast or snack.Craving more? Subscribe to Just a Taste to get new recipes and a newsletter delivered straight to your inbox! And stay in touch on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
- 1/2 cup dairy or nondairy milk
- 2 cups lightly packed chopped kale
- 3 cups lightly packed spinach
- 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- In a blender, combine the milk, kale, and spinach. Blend until combined. Add the pineapple, cottage cheese, banana, flaxseeds, and honey and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into glasses and serve.