This recipe is great as it includes a good serve of green vegetables with limited fruit making it suitable for those looking to limit their intake of sugar.
Most of us acknowledge that we need to eat more green leafy vegetables. Broccoli is particularly nutrient dense – loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Steamed broccoli has been proven to lower cholesterol and supports many elements of the body’s natural detoxification process.
The thought of adding broccoli to a smoothie doesn’t necessarily evoke the best flavour sensations, however the addition of apple, lemon, mint and coconut water balances things wonderfully so that the flavour is actually enjoyable.
I’ve tried blending with avocado to add some healthy fats but I just don’t find the flavour and texture works in this smoothie. Therefore I recommend you consume this with a handful of raw/activated nuts or add in a tablespoon of coconut oil at the end to maximise your body’s ability to access the nutrients.
- 150g / 5.25 oz lightly steamed broccoli florets (allow to cool before using or use straight from the freezer)
- Large handful of mint leaves
- 100g /3.5 oz spinach leaves (choose English spinach or baby spinach or other similar greens of your choice)
- Half a Lebanese cucumber or quarter of a telegraph cucumber
- 1 apple (I choose Granny Smith as I like the slightly sour taste)
- Half a lemon or one smallish lime (peeled)
- 300ml / 10 fl oz coconut water
- 200 ml /7 fl oz water
- quarter cup of ice
- OPTIONAL: 1 generous tablespoon of coconut oil (warm enough so it’s liquid)
Add all the ingredients (excluding the coconut oil) to a high powered blender and blend until smooth. If using coconut oil add it at the end when the other ingredients are blended then blend again for a few seconds until fully mixed.
Note: I always use left over broccoli from the evening before. Sometimes I steam a big batch and freeze in portions. You can blend straight from the freezer.
This smoothie can be quite thick so I serve with plenty of ice or sometimes add a little extra water.