Easy to be Green Smoothie is a simple-to-make, naturally sweet smoothie full of plant-based protein, iron, minerals, omega-3’s, and alkalizing chlorophyll designed to rduce inflammation and enhance beauty, strength, and vitality. It’s also vegan, sneaks in a secret hidden green veggie, and happens to tastes great!
There aren’t a lot of green smoothies I’ve made the last decade that I can safely say are safe for green smoothie newbies.
But I’ve got good news… today’s smoothie recipe is!
Green smoothies are so common now that they often get the dreadful eye roll when someone mentions them, especially for those that have either seen way too many of them or are too scared to try them.
I get it.
Everyone and their mama seems to jump on food trends that are here today and gone the next. Sadly, the healthy green smoothie has fallen into that category which is why I don’t post a ton of them here on the blog, even though I love them and have been enjoying them every single day the last 10 years, even before they were trendy.
I love sharing smoothies with everyone, though, because they’ve done more for my health than I ever thought possible along with other people that I know. In fact, helping members of my family start drinking more smoothies for breakfast has helped them incorporate more produce into their day than they would have otherwise, and some of them even make vegan smoothies now too!
But here’s why I really love green smoothies: Green signals good – no glorious! That’s what I tell everyone I know because I’m so passionate about what green foods like veggies and leafy greens and other plant foods can do for all of us.
Green foods mean life, vitality, and abundance because that’s nature’s way of telling us that green foods are good for us and help us live a long, healthy life.
Plants are full of chlorophyll, the beautiful green pigment that alkalizes our blood to prevent acidity and disease and enhances life and growth in the plants themselves. Greens are truly life-giving, friends!
Green foods enhance our blood flow, they improve our moods, they support digestion, they are great for your skin and hair, and yes, they’re some of the scariest foods to blend up in a blender for people who are new to the idea. I actually love it because it means I get to get in my greens without having to cook or prepare them, and you can’t even taste them if you know how to blend them properly.
But… hold on a minute, my friends!
Because today’s green smoothie isn’t about tossing in a handful of spinach to the blender and calling it a done deal. While I think spinach is delightful in a smoothie, it’s not the only green member of the plant kingdom to be enjoyed.
In fact, there are many other green foods you can blend that actually don’t even taste healthy at all.
And no, I’m not telling you to start blending green Skittles and chocolate covered candies.... although I’m pretty sure those were my favorite green foods as a kid, according to my mother. 🙂
No, no, no. Today we’re blending up some of my favorite ingredients that are not only green but also fabulous in a smoothie.
It all starts with the base of this drink which comes from not spinach or kale, but guess what else?
Peeled zucchini (or unpeeled if it’s organic) is so undetectable in a smoothie, but it adds so much nutrition and an amazingly creamy texture—especially when frozen!
In fact, zucchini is a great replacement to frozen bananas in terms of texture and you can blend zucchini with other frozen fruits to change up the flavors and still get that same thick, creamy consistency we all love about smoothies.
Zucchini is also full of fiber, potassium, it’s loaded with vitamin B6 for your heart and mood, it’s a fantastic source of vitamin C for your skin and immune system, and it’s also a great source of water to hydrate your body and skin.
TIP: I like to freeze my zucchini in little baggies for quick and easy blending. Freezing greens and veggies helps dissipate their flavor because they are low in sugar. On the other hand, freezing fruit heightens their sweetness, which is why I prefer to use frozen greens/veggies and frozen fruits in my smoothies versus fresh. It also makes them much creamier and so tasty!
Next, we’re using some frozen pineapple, because it enhances digestion which is so important for feeling your best, improving your skin, and also helping your body absorb all the nutrients found in smoothies.
Pineapple is my favorite fruit these days. It takes care of my ever-untrustworthy tummy and has helped improve my skin and mood tremendously due to the vitamin C and enzymes it has.
I’m also using one of my go-to plant-based protein products in this recipe, Vega One!
Vega One from Vega is packed with goodness, my friends! If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you already know how much I love it.
Here’s what’s in Vega One:
Plant-based protein, fiber, more omega-3 fatty acids than 2 servings of salmon, raw super fruits (acai, maqui, goji), raw greens, and the superfood maca for energy and hormone balance.
Vega One is also 100% certified vegan, it’s gluten, grain, GMO, and soy-free, not to mention free of added sugar and strange gums that can be used as stabilizers and upset digestion (xanthan, guar, locust bean gum). I’m SUPER picky about my protein powders, you guys. I mean, really picky. I don’t just want protein. I want protein + goodness. I want beautifying and strengthening ingredients in my glass, not just grams of protein.
I’m also allergic to rice protein, don’t use animal products, and stay away from anything with added salt/sodium because it messes with my gut. Finding a good plant-based protein product is really a challenge. While it might not be necessary, I think Vega One enhances a smoothie if anything else.
So for all these reasons along with digestion purposes and quality ingredients, Vega One is my choice protein powder. In my book anyway, and at least for now. If they reformulate after the date of this post in a way that doesn’t work for me, then I can’t promise I’ll love this product as much in the future.
I’m using the Natural Vega One today since it tastes really nice in this smoothie. It’s like a creamy vanilla flavor without being too overwhelming. Plus, it’s got a gorgeous green hue that perked this smoothie right up!
I’m also using some of my other favorite green goodies in this smoothie…
Raw pumpkin seeds and raw hemp seeds by Bob’s Red Mill!
I love Bob’s Red Mill pumpkin seeds since they’re raw, unsalted, and grown right here in the USA! Plus, Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Seeds are some of the finest hemp seeds I’ve ever tasted. They’re always so fresh and are just filled with a lovely, earthy and nutty smell.
Plus, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and they’re also packed with iron, fiber, and heart-healthy potassium. Both of them are also incredible sources of plant-based protein, and hemp seeds are even a COMPLETE protein. Just 3 tbsp. of hemp seeds has 10 grams of protein!
And guess what? That green color found in pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds? That’s chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants that prevent inflammation in the body and enhances alkalinity to improve health and the pH of our blood. Nature is so smart!
Hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds are also fun green garnishes, which is how I’ve used them here in this smoothie. You could also blend them, I just like the little bit of color they add on top and the nice chew. 🙂
Bob’s Red Mill also makes great other seeds I love to use in my smoothies and other healthy dishes such as oatmeal, soup, granola bars, raw energy bites and bars, and plant-based baked goods. Check out my Homemade Superfood Raw Muesli using some of my other favorite seeds from Bob’s Red Mill, for example!
All in all, I think you will LOVE this green smoothie because it doesn’t taste like salad in a glass. It’s rich in nutrition, packed with flavor, and I promise, it’s so creamy and tasty you’ll never know you’re drinking something that is good for you!
- 1 cup of frozen pineapple cubes (or fresh cut pineapple cubes)
- 1 cup frozen zucchini cubes*
- ½ scoop Vega One plant-based nutritional shake - Natural or French Vanilla flavor works well here
- ½ cup ice
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk - I used Silk unsweetened almond
- ½ cup cold water
- optional - ¼ a frozen banana or ¼ tsp. pure stevia or 1 drop of stevia for extra sweetness
- Toppings - 1 tbsp. each of Bob's Red Mill hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into your favorite smoothie glass or bowl and add the toppings.
- Serve with a spoon since it's a thick smoothie, or thin it out with a little more water if you prefer to drink it on the go.
PS: I used my Nutribullet Pro to make this dreamboat of a smoothie to show you how easy it is, so you can use a high-speed blender if you have one like I do, but you can also use smaller blenders like a Nutribullet which will work just fine too! 🙂
Have you ever used zucchini in your smoothies?