Drink your greens - a green protein smoothie

On many days of the week I throw a few things into the blender and see what comes out.  Not always successful it has to be said.  I really don't follow a recipe so it is all a bit hit and miss and depends on what I have in the fridge. I am not madly keen on smoothies that are simply a mixture of fruit - all too much sugar.  I prefer them to be more vegetable based with one portion of fruit to sweeten a little.  Even better with some added protein - whether from nuts, seeds, protein powder, yoghurt, tofu, etc. 

I nearly always have cucumber, celery, lemons, spinach and a variety off different nuts and seeds in my fridge.  All of these can be added together with just about any type of fruit to get a good green based smoothie.  Here is what I had this morning.


  • 3 leaves of calvo nero (I strip off the tough stalks) or a handful of kale
  • 1 celery stick
  • 2 inches of cucumber
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 small mango
  • 15-20g cashew nuts
  • small slice of lemon (with rind)
  • I large glass water

If you don't have a high powered blender then soak the cashew nuts overnight or for 20 mins in boiling water.  Put all the ingredients into the blender and blitz until smooth and well blended.  Serve and enjoy.

For me this is just the right about of grassy greeness to sweetness with the added benefit of some protein that comes along with the cashews - they also add more creaminess.