The perfect zesty green smoothie

Green smoothies can either taste great or taste like lawn clippings (well, what I imagine lawn clippings would taste like!) so I’ve been playing around to get the perfect combination of taste and green factor 🙂 I think the key is getting a balance of fruit plus something to give it a little zing, and currently my favourite is mint.  Mint is a refreshing herb and this definitely comes through in the drink.  I find this smoothie to be both invigorating and satisfying – kind of like a coffee pick me up but without caffeine.  If you don’t like green smoothies, then don’t worry – there are plenty of other opportunities to get your vegetable intake up.  Smoothies are just one way.

This smoothie is zesty, yet just sweet enough.  It’s creamy, but refreshing.  This makes a filling smoothie that will bump up your fruit and vegetable intake for the day.

Apologies for the average photos – these are from my phone rather than my camera.

Ingredients for one zesty green smoothie:

1/4 avocado
1/2 a large banana  (or one small)
2-3 leaves of kale (I used 2 small leaves of cavolo nero), hard stalks removed
1 kiwi fruit
small handful of mint leaves
1 dessert spoon chia seeds
1/3 cup natural unsweetened yoghurt (or Greek yoghurt)
1/3 cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Enjoy!