Everyone starts The Plant Paradox program with the famous green smoothie, but I didn’t. I started it with baking orange-cranberry muffins. That says something about me, right? Joke aside, the reason I didn’t make a smoothie for two weeks was because I had no blender. I ordered a blender, waited for it to come, and started experimenting with the original green smoothie from the book, until I reached a mix I am satisfied with. The reason I call it Green Dream is because when I shared the smoothie for the first time on my Instagram, someone commented that it looks like a green dream, and I asked that person permission to use this as the official name. He agreed.
Nutritious, clean, tasty, refreshing
It’s hard to find a lectin free, sugar free smoothie ready made, usually green smoothies contain at least one fruit and/or cucumber. But this is so easy to make and it tastes so good, not to mention is much cheaper and environmentally friendly. It’s made of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, mint, ginger, coconut butter, hemp hearts, avocado and lemon juice. This can successfully replace one meal a day and will give you a copious amount of greens, healthy fats and a little bit of plant protein. I know for sure everyone who is following the Plant Paradox program has added their own contribution to this lectin free staple, so feel free to tweak to suit your palate and dietary needs. I don’t make the Green Dream every day, but my body asks for it when it’s time for a reset. I usually break my fast with it, late mornings, but to tell you a secret, you will feel excellent if you have it for dinner (very helpful when you want to shed a few pounds). I make a full blender each time, which makes three portions (more or less depending how big your appetite for smoothies is).
Green Dream, The Plant Paradox Smoothie
- 6 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
- 3 cups of baby spinach leaves
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 piece of raw ginger, the size of a thumb
- 1 small bunch of fresh mint (stems and leaves)
- 3 tbsp coconut butter
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 lemon, juice
- 3 cups of water
Wash, chop and measure the ingredients (rough chopped lettuce takes more space than spinach, so I fill the blender with lettuce first up to the 6 cup mark, then stuff as much spinach as I can, and leave a little space for the avocado and the rest of the ingredients).
Stuff your blender with all the ingredients, adding water on top (I have a 9 cup Ninja blender and I fill it all the way up) and blend on high until smooth.
Taste and check thickness, add more water if necessary.
Store in an air tight glass container, in the fridge, for up to three days. I like to refrigerate at least one hour before drinking. Alternatively, if you are in a rush, replace some of the water with ice.
Lectin free, suitable for Plant Paradox Phase 2 and 3, for the Phase 1 cleanse coconut butter and hemp hearts should be avoided. Sugar free. Gluten free. Vegan.