Simple Creamy Green Smoothie
This dietitian-designed Simple Creamy Green Smoothie recipe is made with spinach, avocado, banana, chia, and hemp seeds. It’s high in protein and healthy fats for a super satisfying breakfast. Gluten-free with vegan option available!
Over the past couple months I’ve been making green smoothies about 5 mornings a week for my boyfriend and I. It’s safe to say we are hooked!
This simple creamy green smoothie recipe I’m about to share with you today is one of my favourite ingredient combinations thus far.
As a dietitian, I’ve made sure that this green smoothie is nutritionally balanced with healthy fats, protein, and fibre-rich carbohydrates to give you a satisfying and nourishing breakfast option.
This smoothie is packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like spinach, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond butter, avocado, and banana. It’s nutty and has a natural sweetness from the banana, medjool date, and cinnamon.
I love how rich and creamy it is, plus it’s an excellent way to get greens in before noon! If you’re looking for a super satisfying and energizing way to start your day, you’ve come to the right place.
Want more smoothie recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of easy, healthy smoothie recipes for more ideas!
What Makes This Smoothie Creamy?
To get your smoothies extra thick and creamy, you’ll want to follow some of these tips:
- Include a source of healthy fat! Fat really helps add a creamy texture to smoothies. This green smoothie has healthy fat sources like avocado, almond butter, chia and hemp seeds.
- Use frozen ingredients – this really helps make your smoothie extra thick. Purchase frozen fruits (they’re great for off-season times as they’re often cheaper + just as nutritious as fresh) or freeze your own! If you have fruits going bad – simply remove any non-edible bits (like banana peels), chop into smaller pieces, place in a reusable baggy, and pop in the freezer to use for later.
- Use a high-speed blender. I know this isn’t an option for everyone, but if you make smoothies regularly it can be a great investment. Your smoothie will be perfectly smooth in a minute or so.
My Favourite Blender
I use this Vitamix almost every day. I bought it about 7 years ago and it still functions perfectly. It makes a super smooth and creamy smoothie in seconds (not to mention many other meals, like soups)!
Is This Green Smoothie Enough For Breakfast?
While not all green smoothies may provide you enough fuel for breakfast, this one certainly does!
We all have different needs, but I personally love having this one to start my day. It usually keeps me full well until lunch time.
Why is this one enough for breakfast? This green smoothie is packed with healthy fats, protein, and fibre.
This combination of nutritents helps to slow down digestion and elongates your blood sugar curve (i.e. no spikes + crashes), keeping you feeling full and satisfied for longer.
It’s not a low-calorie smoothie, but it’s a nutrient-dense one. Every ingredient in here provides a ton of nutrition!
Plus, we don’t necessarily want our meals to be low calorie. Calories provide our body with the energy it needs to get through our days!
Can You Freeze Green Smoothies?
Yes – you can freeze green smoothies! It’s a great way to include them in your breakfast meal prep.
Once frozen, you can pop out the smoothie “cubes” and store them in a freezer-safe bag. Just thaw them for a few hours or the night before you want the smoothie.
That said, this smoothie will keep for about 1-2 days in the fridge. Simply pour it into a jar with a lid and refrigerate. Separation is normal – just give the jar a good shake or put it in the blender again.
If your mornings are a rush, rest assured that you can make a smoothie the night before!!
Ingredients + Modifications
This recipe calls for simple, healthy ingredients like:
- Baby spinach, but feel free to try another green like kale if you’d like! I find spinach the most “neutral-flavoured” green, which is great for those of you new to green smoothies. You can barely taste it!
- Hemp + chia seeds, but if you only have 1 of these that’s ok. Just double the amount of the one you have.
- Almond butter, but you can use peanut butter if you prefer. Try to purchase nut butters where the only ingredient is almonds or peanuts, if possible.
- Banana – I used frozen because I like the texture, but you can use an unfrozen one too.
- Avocado – I use frozen as well (see above), but unfrozen will also work.
- Medjool date – this gives a little extra sweetness to this recipe!
- Ground cinnamon – also adds an extra kick of flavour + sweetness. Don’t skip it 🙂
- Almond milk, but you can use any milk or milk alternatives that you like. Just aim for an unsweetened one, if possible.
- OPTIONAL: If you’d like to add an extra boost of protein, you can try adding your favourite unflavoured or vanilla protein powder. This recipe also works well with unflavoured collagen powder.
Recipe Nutrition Notes
- Great source of micronutrients, like vitamin A, C, K, folate, iron, and calcium.
- Packed with phytonutrients (plant compounds) that have antioxidant functions.
- Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and dietary fibre. Just 1 cup of avocado provides about 40% of your daily fibre needs.
- Good source of micronutrients like vitamin C, B6, K, E, folate, magnesium, and potassium.
- A fibre-rich carbohydrate (one medium banana provides 3g of fibre).
- Good source of micronutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
Hemp Seeds Nutrition:
- One of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation throughout the body..
- Great source of plant-based protein, with just 3 tablespoons providing 10 grams of complete protein!
- Good source of vitamin E and minerals like zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
Chia Seeds Nutrition:
- One of the best plant-based sources of omega-3s.
- Two tablespoons of chia seeds gives you 5 grams of plant-protein and 10 grams of dietary fibre (about 40% of your daily needs)!
- Rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Almond Butter Nutrition:
- Excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids.
- Good source of fibre (2 tablespoons gives you about 2 grams)
- Rich in micronutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, iron, and calcium.
- Good source of plant-based protein, with about 7 grams in 2 tablespoons.
As you can see, this green smoothie packs in a TON of nutrition, like fibre, protein, healthy fats, micronutrients, and antioxidants! I promise you it also tastes amazing :).
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Banana Chai Smoothie With Vanilla
- Simple Cherry Smoothie With Yogurt
- Ginger Pear Green Smoothie
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Strawberry Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
- Chocolate Banana Avocado Smoothie
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Get the Recipe: Simple Creamy Green Smoothie
- 2 cups almond milk, unsweetened (or other milk of choice)
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp almond butter, unsweetened
- 1 medium banana, frozen if possible
- 3/4 cup avocado chunks, frozen if possible
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- 5 ice cubes (if desired)
- Optional: 2 scoops unflavoured collagen powder or protein powder (if additional protein desired)
- Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, making sure to add the almond milk first (this helps with blending).
- Blend on high for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Adjust sweetness to taste or add additional ice, if desired. If not using frozen avocado or banana, you will likely need a bit more ice to get it cold enough.
- Enjoy immediately or store for later!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.