Ever bought a green smoothie from a shop or market? Chances are it’s full of fruit – and therefore sugar – with a slight scattering of greens to make you feel all virtuous. (And justify the $9 price tag.)
This Evergreen Smoothie is my daily go to. It costs almost nothing, you can make a big jar in advance (I do – I make it on Sunday and drink it till Thursday, then make a fresh batch), it cuts sugar cravings dead, it helps fill you up with micronutrients and it tastes bloody good. All with minimal fructose, no added flavours or additives, and nothing exotic you’ll need to hunt down at the organic market. Literally chop, chuck and blend.
I call this my Evergreen Smoothie because it’s got everything I can think of to help my body deal with stress, bloating, free-radical damage, digestion, gut health, skin health and more. We’re talking Vitamin C, collagen, green tea plus a shed-load of greens.
What’s In My Evergreen Smoothie – and Why
- Green vegetables – micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre.
- Green apple (Granny Smith) – adds tart sweetness plus fibre from the skin.
- Pineapple – adds sweetness and pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which helps with protein digestion.
- Green tea – antioxidants.
- Chamomile tea – relaxant. (I got this tip from Dr Libby about chamomile tea being a good remedy for ‘incomplete evacuation’. Put simply, it helps you poo! Talk about detox tea.)
- Ginger – gut health, anti-bacterial.
- Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal. (It also makes your juice taste very mildly like curry. Some people hate it, I love it. It reminds me of the flavours of jamu in Bali. Leave it out if you prefer.)
- Mint – gut health and eases discomfort.
- Cucumber – fibre and vitamins.
- Lemon and lime juice – vitamin C plus the acid supports stomach acid production for better digestion.
- Apple cider vinegar – supports stomach acid production. Make sure you get an unrefined ACV with the mother. Aldi do a good one.
- Collagen – joint, skin and muscle repair. I use the Swisse collagen powder because it’s pineapple flavoured – perfect for this smoothie.
So this Evergreen Smoothie is basically my version of an anti-ageing, anti-bloating, anti-constipation, anti-blah, anti-craving miracle cure. I seriously drink it every day. It’s even delicious topped with mineral water as a ‘cocktail’.
Making Your Evergreen Smoothie at Home
I used to chop all the ingredients, pop them in ziplock bags and store them in the freezer to make fresh each day, but I don’t even have time for that any more. I make a massive jar on Sunday, portion it into smaller mason jars for drinking each day, and it lasts for 4-5 days without any compromise on flavour (I add the collagen just before serving).
When to Drink Your Evergreen Smoothie
This one is best served before breakfast, as it gets all your digestive juices humming.
But if I’m working at 5am, I can’t down a green juice that early. So I drink it in the afternoon instead. The tartness and sweetness of the fruit and lemon and lime juice crush any sugar cravings and it gives me a pep in my step to smash out a 16 hour day.
- 40 g cucumber
- 25 g baby spinach
- 10 g fresh mint
- 50 g Granny Smith Apple
- 5 cm fresh ginger peeled
- 1 green tea bag
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp ground turmeric optional
- 1 scoop Swisse Beauty Collagen Balance powder optional
- Chop all the veg and fruit, ginger and mint, weigh it, and store in zip lock bags in the freezer.
- Brew your tea. I make it the night before, but if you're short on time, brew the tea then add ice cubes to cool the liquid down again. Just chuck both tea bags in a cup with boiled water and leave to steep for a few minutes. Or use a cup of filtered water.
- Throw one smoothie bag, the tea, an extra cup of filtered water, the ACV, turmeric, lemon and lime juice in a blender and blitz until smooth.
- Once blended, add the collagen powder. (Adding it beforehand results in a foamy smoothie - not my idea of an appetising breakfast!)
- Drink with brekkie, on the run, or to crush afternoon sugar cravings.