Tantalise your taste buds this summer with this zesty orange mango smoothie. This green monster smoothie containing spinach, flaxseeds, peanut butter, chia seeds and made with cashew milk.
One of my favourite smoothies to make has to be the infamous green monster smoothie - I have no idea as to why they are called green monster smoothies because the name alone makes the smoothie sound more scary then appetising.
Well the truth be told, there's nothing scary about this smoothie, rather it's inviting and packed with nothing but nutritional value because all of the ingredients included work in unison with the human body.
Whenever I'm feeling low for instance, if I'm excessively tired or if my body just simply needs that "pick me up" I whip up a green smoothie.
The versatility of a green smoothie
Now green smoothies are very versatile you can add absolutely any superfood to them to supplement the green ingredients - kale or spinach are commonly used.
I like to rotate between both of the aforementioned vegetables since I always have some stored in my freezer. Then I will add some fruit of my choice - this one included orange, mango and a few pieces of banana for extra sweetness along with some plant based milk.
I also this Vegan Spinach Pineapple Smoothie it's another favourite of mine.
Reasons to make this smoothie
- You can drink this smoothie any time of day - breakfast, lunch or dinner
- Makes a great meal replacement
- It's tasty and super filling
- You can add whatever vegetable/fruit to the smoothie
- It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
- A perfect balance of leafy greens and fruit.
Green smoothies combat anemia
One of the key health benefits to drinking a green smoothie is to fight anemia. Anemia is a iron deficiency where there is a decrease in the number of red blood cells produced due to a low levels of iron.
Iron is a mineral that is incredibly important to the body as it is needed to produce hemoglobin - a substance in the red blood cells that allows oxygen to be transported to the body's tissue.
People who suffer from sickle cell anemia, an inherited red blood cell disease should be more mindful of consuming oxygen enriched foods.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to rely on red meat to increase your red blood cell count. Dark leafy green are enriched with oxygen and suitable for all dietary requirements.
- Fruit: Feel free to add additional fruit or switch things up by including passion fruit, sharon fruit, pineapple, banana, grapes, peaches
- Vegetables: You can add more or less leafy greens i.e. kale, collard greens, lettuce, arugula
- Seeds: Pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, cashews
Notes and tips
- You can make this smoothie with either fresh or frozen fruit.
- If you don't have spinach use another leafy green vegetable instead
- Don't like cashew milk? Try Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or even Pistachio Milk
- Feel free to add and remove ingredients and mix things up!
Other smoothie recipes
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Orange Mango Smoothie
- A handful of spinach
- 1 large orange peeled
- 1 cup of mango preferably frozen
- ½ cup of cashew milk can use any other plant based milk
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed
- 2 medjool dates and a few frozen banana pieces optional, added sweetness
- Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blitz into a smooth consistency.
- Serve accordingly.