Recipe: Sweet, healthy green smoothie

Posted at 02/04/2014 10:42 PM | Updated as of 02/06/2014 11:37 AM
Blended green smoothies at one of Flow Surf Yoga Samba's workshops. Photo: Handout

MANILA - Smoothies have been steadily increasing in popularity, even replacing some of the more traditional desserts.

Now, there are new ways to make these sweet and tasty blended drinks even healthier.

At a recent workshop organized by wellness group Flow: Surf Yoga Samba, co-founder Noelle Hilario discussed why drinking a green smoothie can be just as, if not more healthy than eating a salad.

"It is the best way to have your greens, even better than having it in your salad. Blending the greens makes it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients," Hilario said.

"The green color of the smoothies may turn you off at first, but if mixed with fruits, you won't taste the bitterness of the greens at all. In fact, it tastes sweet!" she added.

As a bonus, green smoothies are easy to prepare. One can use any local organic leafy greens such as pechay, spinach or kamote leaves, so going green the smoothie way won't be that expensive.

Here's a simple guide on how to make your own green smoothie:

SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 1 mango
  • 1 saba banana
  • 1 cup leafy greens (peachay, kangkong or spinach)
  • 1/4 tsp Moringana malunggay powder
  • 1cup filtered water or coconut water
  • Soaked chia seeds, spirulina, flaxmeal, hemp seeds (optional)

Procedure

  1. Blend leafy greens with filtered water or cocount water.
  2. Add mango, saba, malunggay poweder and blend until smooth.
  3. Add your superfoords such as chia seeds, spirulina, flaxmeal or hemp seeds and blend.

Here are some other recipes you can try:

WATERMELON COOLER

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 1 tsp soaked chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Moringana malunggay powder

Procedure

  1. Slice watermelon, take out seeds and cut into chunky cubes, discard the rind.
  2. Blend the cubed watermelons until smooth.
  3. Add lime juice and chia seeds.
  4. Pour into a glass with ice.

RAW PROTEIN SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup Almond Milk or Cashew Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Raw Almond Butter*
  • 1 tbsp. Maca Powder
  • 1 tsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla Hemp Protein
  • 1 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 1 tbsp. Carob Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Flax Meal
  • Raw cacao nibs

Procedure

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Top with raw cacao nibs.
  3. Soak 1 cup almond or cashew nuts in filtered water for 3 hours or overnight. Drain the water and place nuts in blender. Add 1 1/2 cups filtered water and blend until smooth. You may add or lessen water to adjust the consistency and thickness of the milk.
  4. If you are using almonds, peel the skin off before blending. use cheesecloth to strain off little particles.