Superwoman Green Smoothie

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on January 10, 2012

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made a resolution. But as 2011 was drawing a close I made a small promise to myself to get back to putting my health first.

2011 was full of ups and downs, new beginnings and endless work hours. Though I’m proud of my accomplishments, the sheer amount of work I committed to put my health on the back burner.

But no more, no, no. I’ve started to meditate in the morning, opt for a slightly less aggressive schedule, and bulk up my smoothies with whole food, super food ingredients.

Let the green smoothie adventures continue!

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Superwoman Green Smoothie

Vegan [option], Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

This green smoothie is packing some serious super food power! Cacao – whose flavanoids help keep your heart healthy, spirulina – that’s rich in antioxidants and fantastic for your cellular health, and spinach – which is proven to lower inflammation. It’s all there, and packed into a delicious chocolatey cup!

If you’re new to spirulina and not a big fan of the taste, try adding two tablespoons of cacao powder to hide the taste, then slowly work your way up to one to two teaspoons of spirulina and one tablespoons of cacao.

Inspired by my 4 Nourishing Green Smoothies

Yield: 500mL

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 3-6 ice cubes

Directions

Place in your blender in the order of the ingredients listed, then blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.

Potential changes:

  • For additional fiber: add 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • To make vegan: replace honey with 1 medjool date
  • For additional protein: remove the cacao powder and replace with chocolate protein powder

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Andrea

That is definately a super smoothie! My health is a top priority for me, but of course there are those days where I could try a little harder. But, as they say, BALANCE! :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

My health is a #1 priority. I work out every day and make an effort to eat a (mostly) plant-based diet. And – of course – I eat a LOT of green smoothies… and I’ll be adding cacao to my next one. Thanks for the idea! :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Oh wow, this is definitely a superfood-packed smoothie!! I love it! I think the best thing you can do for yourself is to put your health first, which is why I’ve gotten into the habit of early morning exercise each morning, most days each week. I think committing to eating healthy is another biggie, and everyone could always do with drinking an extra glass of water (one of my goals for 2012) each day, or making some sort of other healthy swap. :)

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LizAshlee

My health is absolutely a priority..I workout about 5-6 days ea week and do my best most days to eat a healthy diet..lots of veggies, fruits, and it’s mostly plant-based..most days! Have a great day!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

Sounds fabulous, Leanne! You do so much work, you deserve to put your health first :D

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

More green smoothies has been a goal (not resolution!) of mind too. They make me feel soooo good and they’re great for you. Thanks for sharing your great recipe :)

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Callie

It’s funny how we can often put our health on the back burner for work – even if ‘work’ is health related.That’s what I mildly did towards the end of the year and that’s why I too, am in major detox mode right now, ha!

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Kris

glad to hear this happens to you as well… most of the time I feel like I Have It Down, you know? my groove, my well thought out plan.

then life comes in and throws us the proverbial curveball. there were days near the end of the year (before vacation) where I was going going going all day. I had to eat things I could bring with me – almonds cashews and bars. containers with protein that I would just add water to. I have another couple “times” like that coming up in the next couple months, and I plan to plan it better! take care of myself better. *sigh*

I love superfoods, and they are VERY effective! this smoothie looks beautiful and tasty!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies

YUM – the color of this is incredible! Out of curiosity, have you ever used other greens in smoothies, rather than spinach? Like kale, swiss chard or collards? Just trying to come up with some alternatives to spinach!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Oh heck ya, I’ve used it all – kale, beet greens, mustard greens, collard, chard… my favorite is a combo of kale and spinach. Although they’re all so darn similar, you’d be fine with 1-2 cups of any of them.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

If I drink this smoothie do I get to wear a red cape or channel my inner Lynda Carter? Oh wait, she was Wonder Woman…same difference, right? :)

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Jeralyn

What is spirulina?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Jeralyn – it’s an algae that’s high in protein. For a full explanation, check out this post: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirulina_%28dietary_supplement%29

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Leslie

Uh oh..is spiraling scary? I will try anything!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Not scary at all :) When I first tried it I put 1 tablespoon in a glass of water and nearly died. Too much for your first go. Start small and work your way up!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

Oh boy, have I missed your beautiful food and inspiring posts. I try to always keep my health as a priority, although sometimes my priorities get a little out of whack. Luckily, my health is a priority that is winning right now. I always feel my absolute best when I make certain to eat and live well. :)

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Tamara

Yummo Leanne, love this smoothie, although I must say I am slightly biased to this recipe as its almost identical to what I drink (eat!) most mornings. I add maca, a great superfood although it doesn’t suit everyone, and a banana, minus honey. What a start to the day :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Great minds think alike! I have a whole package of maca, I should try adding that this morning. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Lucie

Hi! I’m so curious about maca. I’ve heard all about its’ great health benefits but I don’t know if I’ll like the taste… I’ve never tried it before and I would like to know what it tastes like before I spend all my money on it :) If it tastes anything like vanilla, I’m in :)

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Josie

I’m sitting here drinking a similar looking chocolate-spinach-fruit smoothie for my breakfast this morning! I drink my smoothies warm, and I like them on the thin side, so I made a small, strong cup of green tea and added it to my morning drink today. I love the idea of adding coconut oil, though, to add some healthy fats.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Mmm I love adding green tea to my smoothies! Sounds like one good breakfast!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers

I wish I had time for more green smoothies. I feel like such a health superhero after I drink one.

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous

I try to workout first thing so I have no excuses!

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gluten free gift

Oh yes!! While my first thought was “this is not green!” – the ingredients certainly are… and this smoothie is right up my alley…. trying to incorporate meditation into my life too. Would like this year to be calmer!

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Cara

I will make this smoothie only if I can wear my leotard and cape :) I need to drink more smoothies myself. On second thought, I am with you on putting my health as a priority again. Thanks for the reminder really–it’s been in the back of my head but really I just need to DO it. xo

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m more impressed that you own a leotard. I really do need one of those so I can pretend I’m flying all over my house while drinking my smoothies in the morning :P

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Cara

I am currently working on a homemade cape for you now! :) haha. I will put a big “L” in the middle of it that gives you super extra flying power…

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Ah! That would be the best. I would seriously wear it.

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Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense

Loving this smoothie! Thanks for the recipe =)
Health is definitely one of my biggest priorities!

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Simone (Simple Healthy Homemade)

Oh that looks so decadent! Do I see the ice cubes or its it that rich and thick? I wish I wasn’t full from my vegetable soup, or I’d make it right now (minus spirulina which I have not had too much success in finding by itself)

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Kathy

My health is definitely a priority for me! The activities I do lately now is actually recognizing my foods. Like you, I don’t *really* make resolutions but more like tiny changes. I mean, this year, I will definitely try to get into a habit of exercising. I’ve always gone through a period of exercising for a month or two, then abruptly stop for three months or so.

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Amie White

I play Game On! And I have since Oct 2010. It promotes a lifestyle of nutritional cleansing and replenishing. I love what you are doing with your BLOG! Encouraging people to love themselves with good nutrition will affect every other area of their lives! Seriously, so proud of you sister!
* You can e-mail me if you’d like to learn more about the game. I’d love to play a round with you and some of your groupies!

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Eat good 4 life

Great looking smoothie, plus nutritious!! One question though. I have been using spirulina for my smoothies as well but the taste is really strong, do you have any suggestions as to what I may be able to use to mask the flavor of it up a bit? Thanks in advance.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks! The only thing I’ve found that really helps to mask the spirulina flavor are bananas. The mushier the better. Hope that helps!

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Taunya

LOVE this smoothie! Usually if I have a smoothie for breakfast, I’m stuck at my desk starving 2 hours later. This one is super tasty & nutritious and kept me feeling full for a long time. A new go-to recipe for sure!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

So happy that you liked it, Taunya! Thanks for stopping in and saying hi :)

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Piper

Ok, I’m new to all of this whole food, real food stuff. I keep coming across spirulina. How do you buy it? And where? From your recipe I’m assuming it’s a powder, right? What kind do you use?

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Piper – I purchase my spirulina at the health food store. Yes, it’s a powder. There are SO many different kinds! This smoothie is great without it, too :)

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Serena

Just made something similar to this, minus spiriulina, honey, almond butter and cacao powder and added in a frozen banana, chia and ground flax, plus calcium powder to amp it up a bit more! So delicious, I absolutley love DARK cacao! I’ve loved your blog for a while now, very inspiring xxx

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