Wow, if y’all know me you know I’m not a smoothie person. But I think I changed my mind, at least for the spring and summer to come. I’ve been wanting to get some superfoods for a long time and always been taken aback by the prices. They are super expensive, at least some of them, but I figured I’m worth it and finally took the plunge and bought spirulina, maca powder, Lion’s Mane and chlorella. And this superfoods smoothie is my new favorite food in the world.
The best green smoothie I’ve ever had
This is a personal experiement and I’m curious to see how will work for me, so I’ll keep you updated on that, but unless you have specific restrictions or you are on specific medication, this smoothie is worth a try because just WOW – it feels like I drank the ocean, the forest and the sun haha. Amazing energy, focus, mind clarity, feel satisfied and nourished, creative, awake. So, if I’m not a smoothie person, how come I’m suddenly interested in smoothies? I’ve been watching a little bit of David Wolfe and I’m like “I want to have what he’s having” :))). The vitality, the energy, the radiance of this guy, just made me want to try it and now I understand where all that evergy comes from.
Plus, I really want to simplify my life in the kitchen and not compromising on nutrition and taste. So I had this idea in my mind of what I was going to use, but I was a little nervous about the combination. Firstly, this smoothie that is made mainly with avocado and collard greens (raw collard greens!) tastes AMAZING. Taste like a treat, like a dessert, like a mousse, like a smooth ice-cream. My husband said it was a little bitter, but I didn’t add any sweetener, so if you still have that sweet tooth go ahead an add a little yacon syrup or even few drops of stevia. So let’s take it step by step. What’s in it:
Base (fats and greens): Avocado, raw collard greens (only leaves). Feel free to use other greens: romaine, spinack, kale, green chard. Of course, taste and texture will change. Collard greens are soemwhere in the middle when it comes to bitterness, more bitter than spinach, but less bitter than kale. I was personally surprised by how refreshing it tasted.
Liquid: filtered water (I have a Berkey filter), full fat coconut milk (you can use any alternative milk you want, taste and consistency will slightly differ since the coconut milk in cans is super creamy and thick).
Superfoods: organic spirulina, organic maca powder, organic Lion’s Mane, cacao nibs. I’ve linked the ones I used below, for caco nibs I used some local roasted ones from OAK CLIFF COFFEE ROASTERS in Dallas, but in the past I’ve used Navitas brand, which I linked below in case you need a sugestion.
(fyi, some say mushrooms are better used in warm liquids, if you feel that’s the case save this one for a tea)
Supplements: Vital Reds (a polyphenol, vitamins, minerals and probiotic blend, my favorite supplement ever, I’ve been taking it for almost two years almost every day); Vital Reds has a little stevia in it, so it will add some sweetness.
CBD Oil: You don’t have to but if you use it have some a smoothie is the perfect vehicle for it. I used Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract Oil, Extra Strenght, Mint-Chocolate.
Extras: organic blueberries; I used fresh because I had some in the fridge, but I put them in a freezer an hour before, I like when all the ingredients of the smoothie are super cold. Who likes a warm smoothie anyway? You can use frozen too. I only used 1/2 cup for two smoothies, so 1/4 cup per person, acceptable even if you are on a keto diet (not the intensive one though, then you skip the fruits; Vital reds will add a berry sweet taste).
Fyi, if you use frozen blueberries, especially wild, the purple from the blueberries will be more intense and will add a darker shade to you smoothie. Just in case you think your smoothie is not as green as mine :).
Optional: I didn’t add any of these, but I will in the future, depending on what I feel I need for the day: extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, coconut manna, MCT oil, fresh mint. You can also replace coconut milk with hemp or almond milk.
Consistency: For the quantities below, I got a super creamy, like a mousse or a soft ice-cream, and since I don’t really like straws, I ate it with a spoon, but you can totally use a stainless steel, smoothie straw (I think I’ll get myself one anyway). You can ajust your liquid content to suit your preference.
And last but not the least important, drink or eat this one fresh, or at least the same day. There is too much powerful and expensive stuff to let it die before you eat it. This stuff is alive and I think the best way to have it is freshly made.
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Avocado and Collard Greens Superfoods Smoothie
A great tasting, nutritionally dense, superfood green smoothie.
- 1 avocado
- 2 heaping, packed cups chopped collard greens leaves
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen, best if they are frozen or super cold)
- 4 tbsp cacao nibs (plus more for serving)
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tbsp spirulina
- 2 tsp Lion’s Mane
- 2 scoops Vital Reds
- about 2 cups cold, filtered water (I added gradually until the desired consistency, you can do the same)
- Optional: 2 servings of CBD Oil (I used Charlotte's Web, Extra Strenght, Mint-Chocolate) or you can add MCT or coconut oil, even extra virgin olive oil.
Wash the collard greens, separate the leaves from the stems (keep stems for later use in another dish). Use only the leaves for the smoothie. Chop them finely and measure two heaping, packed cups (it was one bunch for me).
Add everything to a high power blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy. You can add more water or milk to adjust consistency, I love to eat mine with a spoon.
Add the CBD oil in your glass, before serving (I don't like to add it in the blender because I don't want any of it wasted).