Our Health Editor's Go-To Smoothie Recipe For All-Day Energy & Blood Sugar Support
The saying "breakfast is the most important meal" may be a bit of a generalization—but I do know, personally, the first meal after waking does set the tone for the rest of my day.
That's why I'm a huge fan of smoothies. They're not only refreshing but also a convenient way to get a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals in one easy-to-make meal.
You can toss in fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, and beneficial spices galore. My go-to tool to really pack in the nutrients? mindbodygreen's organic veggies+.
Before this powerhouse green powder hit the market, my favorite green smoothie recipe always included ginger and turmeric, fiber-filled flax, phytonutrient-rich leafy greens, and cinnamon. Now, organic veggies+ checks all of those key ingredient boxes.
Beyond those amazing components, the greens powder also features vegan digestive enzymes, along with prebiotics and probiotics, to help support regularity.*
It also contains a USDA-certified organic blend of a whole slew of fruits and veggies that would be impossible to feature in one smoothie otherwise (hey, there's only so much room in that blender), including carrots, broccoli, spinach, kale, alfalfa sprouts, beetroot, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, acai, and acerola cherry extract (to name a few; after all, there are 31 unique ingredients).
As for the smoothie content itself, I prefer a super thick texture, so I recommend opting for frozen bananas (or another frozen fruit) as your base, along with a cup or so of ice. I'll also toss in a tablespoon of chia seeds, which helps thicken up the smoothie and adds some plant-based omega-3s to the mix. I also love adding nut butter for extra flavor, creaminess, and healthy fat.
Even though organic veggies+ has you covered with cinnamon bark extract, I love tossing in an extra dash of Ceylon cinnamon—for bonus flavor and blood-sugar-supporting benefits.* I also enjoy a bit of fresh spinach to accompany the wide spectrum of powdered organic veggies. Plus, I personally love the taste of fresh ginger in my green smoothie, so when I have it in hand, I'll toss in a little knob of the root.
This green smoothie tastes like a creamy, gingery milkshake and helps me feel so satiated and ready to take on my day.
Kristine's green smoothie recipe
- 1 tbsp. mindbodygreen organic veggies+
- ½ medium frozen banana
- ½ cup spinach
- 1 tbsp. nut butter
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup oat milk (or your milk of choice)
- dash of Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 cup ice (note: adjust depending on preferred thickness)
- optional: 1 tsp. fresh ginger root
- Toss all ingredients into a blender (adjusting the milk and ice ratio to your liking).
- Blend until smooth.
Kristine Thomason is the health and fitness director at mindbodygreen. Kristine is a New York University graduate with a degree in journalism and psychology, and also a NASM-certified personal trainer. She has spent her editorial career focused on health and well-being, and formerly worked for Women’s Health and Health. Her byline has also appeared in Men’s Health, Greatist, Refinery29, HGTV, and more. In her current role she oversees, edits, and writes for the health, food, and movement sections of mindbodygreen.