Do you want to raise your energy without caffeine? This energy boosting green smoothie, full of nutritious vegetables, will invigorate you any time of the day minus the negative effects of caffeine. This clean vegan, dairy-free smoothie is also great for my skin and my body too!
Coffee or other caffeine drinks are just not an option for me after early morning. Yet, I love something special to pick me up in the afternoons. This energy boosting green smoothie is perfect for me.
It’s no secret I love coffee. Coffee doesn’t always love me though, especially if I drink a little too much or drink it too late in the day. That can mean trouble falling asleep later or that uncomfortable feeling from too much caffeine.
I decided that a green smoothie might work. It’s cool, it’s light, and it’s full of summer vegetables. In this hot weather, I was craving something that was fresh and light.
I’ve been playing around with this smoothie for a few weeks and it really does the trick for me. It does make a large amount, so I split it into two servings. One batch provides two days of green smoothies. It has celery and cucumbers in it, in addition to the leafy greens and an orange. A little ginger gives it some snap and there you go.
It’s super simple to make, refreshing, and gives you the feeling you are taking care of your body.
I love having this refreshing, energizing smoothie in the afternoon or along side my lunch for extra veggie deliciousness. It’s too good not to share! So, this is what I’m treating myself to in the afternoons and I’m loving it.
Energy Boosting Green Smoothie
- 2 handfuls of super or power greens (spinach and/or kale is fine too)
- A slice or two of ginger
- ½ cucumber sliced (I like to keep the peel on so I try to buy organic)
- 1 or 2 stalks of celery sliced
- 1 orange, cut peel away, leaving white stuff on, and then chop
- 1 – 2 tsp of coconut oil
- A chunk or two of banana (optional)
Add ingredients to the blender in the order listed. I find the blending easier when the greens go in first and the chunkier things on top.
Start blender on slow. This is so important. If you forget and go to high to quickly, sometimes the ingredients get stuck or worse the top can blow off and smoothie goes every where!
As the veggies and fruits get chopped up, increase speed until it is smoothly blended into a lovely drink. Oranges and cucumbers are juicy so don’t add too much water at first.
This makes a gorgeous bright green drink. It’s not too sweet. Sometimes I add a chunk or two of banana to sweeten it up. But I usually forget and I like it just fine. If you want something even tarter, you could swap a lemon for the orange. But I am partial to the orange in this.
You might notice, there’s a little coconut oil in this. It might sound weird, but I always add some oil to my smoothies. It makes the texture nicer and gives it more staying power. I like to have some fat to balance out the vegetables. A teaspoon or two does the trick.
Not only do I get a pick-me-up; I get an extra serving of vegetables in. This is a total win-win in my book!
For more smoothie deliciousness, check out these other recipes on my blog.
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