Get GREEN – 5 green smoothies to make NOW
by Sarah Harvison
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3X a week I swap my yoga mat for kettle bells, my top knot for a braided ponytail, don some flashy kicks on my normally bare feet and hit the local gym for boot camp. Not only is my trainer a picture of absolute strength and fitness but a kick ass motivator with vast knowledge of diet and nutrition. He challenges us to follow a strict meal plan (which I convinced him to include red wine because come ON) and constantly shares his philosophy that training is 20% and nutrition makes up the other 80%. I have committed to his meal plan suggestions and although I have been temped to sneak a treat or two there is literally nowhere to hide because… did I mention? I LIVE WITH HIM.

Now, I love a little vino and some chocolate like nobody else. I also love cookies and treats and well, okay I love food. I love to experiment with smoothies and have found some absolute winners that not only pack a big green punch but satisfy your sweet tooth too.

I have a smoothie shelf where I store most of the ingredients found below. I used to dabble in protein powder (VEGA is incredible and vegan) but lately have been sticking to the basics, creating my superfood smoothies with ingredients from the earth!

 

Harv’s Basic Straight Up Green

This smoothie is best for a restart when you need a really straight up cleansing smoothie.

It’s full of healthy fats from the avocado and coconut as well as green goodness from the kale, spinach and spirulina. Chia seeds and hemp hearts pack a protein punch. The dates and banana add a little sweetness.

  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of kale leaves
  • coconut milk
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1TB chia seeds
  • 1TB hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp. spirulina
  • half an avocado
  • 1 banana
  • ice cubes as needed

 

Wake Me Up before you Go-Go

This coffee cacao green smoothie is a great post-workout blend when you have a sweet craving.

I have also indulged and made a mini-version for dessert. Sprinkle cacao nibs on top with a splash of coconut milk and sliced strawberries for a decadent treat (you can’t even taste the greens!).

  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of kale leaves
  • nut milk
  • a banana
  • 1TB cacao powder
  • 1TB chia seeds
  • 1TB maca powder
  • 1TB hemp hearts
  • 2TB cacao nibs
  • 1TB instant coffee grounds
  • ice cubes as needed

Peanut Butter Jelly Time

The perfect smoothie for when you’re extra hungry.

The nut butter keeps you full and adds a big dose of protein. Goji berries are a fiber filled superfood chock full of antioxidants and have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They are also full of beta-carotene, which helps promote healthy skin. I use this smoothie as a meal replacement for breakfast or lunch when I am feeling in need of a lighter meal.

  • A handful of spinach
  • A handful of kale leaves
  • nut milk
  • a banana
  • 2 TB nut butter
  • 2 TB goji berries
  • 1 TB hemp hearts
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • ice cubes as needed

Basic Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

Matcha has so many incredible health benefits and is an incredible antioxidant – not to mention, it’s delicious.

It is a premium product and will be one of the most expensive items in your smoothie cupboard but it is well worth it. I have matcha everyday and it is incredibly energy boosting but proven to increase your metabolism. A teaspoon of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea. Matcha is the entire leaf instead of the benefits steeped from the leaves in a cup of tea. I have been increasingly swapping out coffee for matcha in my morning routine and my body loves me for it.

  • A heaping teaspoon of pure matcha powder*
  • A handful of spinach
  • 1TB coconut oil
  • nut milk
  • a banana
  • 1tsp agave
  • ice cubes as needed
  • (add: strawberries, blueberries or pineapple to make this a tropical or strawberry green tea smoothie.)

* Dissolve the matcha in hot water before adding to blend

Spice up your life!

This tropical adventure includes a kick of ginger not for the faint of heart!

Ginger aids in digestion and is one of my favourite flavours – it’s EVERYWHERE in Bali. I think I had 7 iced ginger teas a day when I lived there. The newest trend in healthy sweeteners is agave nectar, often called agave syrup. This is a natural sweetener similar to honey that come from a desert cactus like plant – so basically you’re eating a vegetable… The cucucumber and mint add a refreshing twist. This is a great smoothie to have on a hot summers day or even to mix rum or tequila into as a summer party cocktail.

  • a handful of spinach
  • nut milk
  • ½ C. coconut water
  • mango or pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • ½ an avocado
  • 1-2 of fresh minced ginger to taste
  • 1tsp agave
  • ice cubes as needed

 

So there you have it beauties. When I am up in the GYM just working on my fitness, be my witness… I am always stoked to come back and blend up one of these gems.

Sidenote: I also feel very Michelle Rodriguez-esque in girl fight when we get to box and I wear my hair in a high braided ponytail. You gotta look the part right?

Sending you big, green, smoothie love.

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Sarah Harvison

Sarah Alicia Harvison is a coconut drinking, ocean swimming, nature frolicking, dance party loving, dock jumping, mountain dwelling, running shoe donning, laughter filled yogi currently living in Whistler, BC. She believes in dreaming big, laughing loads and loving hard. Oh, and there is nothing that Dirty Dancing, green tea lattes and Celine Dion can't fix.
  1. Leslie says:

    Any tips on the strict diet?!

    • Sarah Harvison says:

      Hi Leslie!

      Thank you for checking out my post.

      I try to refrain from calling it a ‘diet’ and say it’s more of a lifestyle or meal plan ( the ‘diet’ makes me feel deprived and want to eat every piece of chocolate in sight).

      My trainer proposed a 6-week meal plan that is made up primarily of protein ( I’ve been eating a lot of hard boiled eggs and fish) and vegetables. He allows a little bit of quinoa, a handful or two of nuts and a glass of red wine a day. You can eat AS MUCH vegetables and protein as you would like to stay full. I have a lot of spinach or mashed sweet potato topped with sunflower seeds, chia seeds, tempeh cubes, salmon or tuna and avocado.

      The idea is to stick to the plan 6 days a week and 1 cheat day where you can indulge. I actually feel really great, I miss rice as it isn’t in the plan but get it in on my cheat day. I also work a bit of dark dark chocolate in with my red wine ( that may be breaking the rules…)

      Let me know how your smoothie adventure goes and if you need any tips,

      Sincerely,

      Harv

  2. Hey there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to
    give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your blog posts.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same topics? Thanks a ton!

    • Jacqueline Smyth says:

      I can’t actually! there’s a ton of health and wellness blogs out there, but we couldn’t find a platform like this… so we made one! i hope you keep reading AND enjoying it all 🙂

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