3 Green Smoothie Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Green Smoothie Recipes

Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is typically celebrated by drinking green beer. Whatever you’ve got planned for the day and the following weekend’s festivities, there’s absolutely no reason to throw all your healthy eating habits right out the window just to have a bit of fun.

Green smoothies are perfect for kicking your health up a notch, and best of all, they fit right in with the green theme. Check out the following three green smoothie recipes suggestions to get you through the morning, the afternoon, and even the day after all the St. Paddy’s Day fun has been had–until next year!

Pineapple Avocado Energy Smoothie

There’s no better way than to get energized with the natural sugars of some of Mother Nature’s sweetest fruits. Fresh pineapple with a hint of your favorite natural sweetener gets the job done by providing you with a powerful carb boost that can put you in a good mood early on in the day.

This smoothie is perfect for early mornings or as a pre-workout drink. Research has also shown that healthy fats like avocado can give our bodies a boost in absorbing nutrients from fruits and veggies, so combining them is always a great idea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 
1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 cup water or unsweetened almond/coconut milk
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes

Add the water or almond/coconut milk to your blender first, followed by everything else. Blend until smooth. That avocado will make it extra creamy!

Green Vegan Protein Smoothie

Protein, protein, where do you get your protein? Whether you’re recovering from an intense yoga session, powering through lunch at work, or gearing up for a night of fun with friends at the pub–supporting everything you do with enough protein is important for staying healthy and feeling good.

One of the best ways to incorporate more protein into your green smoothies is by adding hemp powder. Ideal for vegans, this neutral yet slightly nutty tasting protein source is a must-have for all green smoothie enthusiasts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 large handfuls of your choice of leafy greens
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons hemp powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon mini vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 cup water or unsweetened almond/coconut milk
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes

Pour the water or milk into the blender and then toss everything else in on top. Blend it all up and enjoy!

Hydrating Green Apple Smoothie

For the party animal who’s looking forward to a few drinks this St. Paddy’s Day, here’s a delicious green smoothie recipe to use to relieve common hangover symptoms the morning after. In fact, you could use it almost any time you get a headache or a migraine.

Headaches often occur as a result of dehydration or lack of nutrients. Combining a variety of green, watery veggies will give you that nutrient-packed burst of hydration your body is craving, and combining it with some freshly grated ginger may provide some extra relief by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium green apples, chopped
  • 6 celery stalks, chopped
  • 8 – 10 kale leaves
  • 1/4 lemon, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 cup water or unsweetened almond/coconut milk
  • 4 – 6 ice cubes

Again, add the liquids first to your blender, followed by the heavier stuff. Add the ginger last and blend until smooth.

You’ll be way ahead of everyone else who’s chugging green beer and stuffing themselves with greasy pub food when you’ve got these healthy smoothie recipes to keep you energized and satisfied. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photo (edited) via VegaTeam

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