Loaded with lots of feel good ingredients, this green ginger smoothie makes for a delicious way to start any day! It’s a great green smoothie for beginners. Plus, it’s plant based, dairy free and naturally sweetened. What’s not to love?
I have a confession to make.
I am a food blogger.
You’re thinking, ‘duh, Dawn, I know; that’s no secret confession or anything.’
Ok, here it goes …
As food obsessed as I am, sometimes I forget to eat!
Well, it’s mostly during weekends when I’m busy doing all the things.
Then, boom, it strikes me like a ton of bricks.
Dawn is hangry! Nobody like hangry Dawn, not even me. I get so cantankerous. Like, don’t even look at me. You too?
That’s where a hearty smoothie does the trick. It takes minutes to whip up, it’s filled with all kinds of goodness and keeps hangry Dawn at bay.
If I were wearing fancy pants right now I’d call it a ‘feel good, happy times, sunshine smoothie’ or something clever like that. But, I’m not, so ginger smoothie it is!
Thinking a veggie smoothie recipe isn’t for you? Try this one out and you’ll be a green smoothie believer, my friends. I wouldn’t steer you wrong!
How To Make A Smoothie
I don’t need to tell you that making a smoothie is easy!
You simply throw the prepared ingredients in the blender jug and whiz away. Pour and enjoy!
For most smoothies, you need to have your liquid base (i.e. some sort of milk), add-ins like spinach or berries and a sweetener (optional).
To make this green smoothie, I use:
- Almond milk (the ‘base’)
- Banana (preferably frozen), to thicken
- Freshly grated ginger
- Freshly grated turmeric
- Lemon Juice
- Baby Spinach
- Pineapple (to naturally sweeten)
What is Ginger? What Can You Use Ginger For?
Ginger is actually a flowering plant originating from China. It has a fragrant, almost ‘spicy’ or ‘hot’ taste. It really packs a punch in the flavour department and way more so than the dried or powdered variety.
Besides this ginger smoothie, fresh ginger is great for:
- Adding a thin slice to hot tea with lemon (so good)
- Infusing water
- Using in curries and stir fries
- Adding to baked goods in lieu of dried ginger for a really pungent hit of flavour
How To Peel Ginger & How to Mince Ginger
Some people use a spoon to scrape the outer layers from fresh ginger (especially younger ginger). Me? I prefer to use a potato peeler.
After peeled, I typically cut into small strips and then mince with a knife until fine. Don’t want to use a knife? Grate it with a microplane.
- Ensure that the banana is frozen because this will give a creamy consistency to your smoothie.
- Want this ginger smoothie even creamier? Use frozen pineapple chunks as well.
- I recommend using fresh turmeric here. You could use powdered turmeric, but it will change the colour of your smoothie and it won’t be green. Want to omit? That’s okay too.
- Speaking of turmeric, that stuff stains! You will be going around with orange hands all day once you handle. Not the end of the world, but if you want to avoid, just wear some gloves while mincing.
- Need things a little sweeter? Add some maple syrup, about 1 tablespoon at a time, until you’ve reach your desired sweetness level.
- Want to add a little more oomph to the mix? Add in your favourite protein powder (opt for a vegan variety, if you want this smoothie to be vegan).
More Yummy Smoothie Recipes
If you make this ginger smoothie recipe, be sure to leave a comment below!
Ginger Smoothie (with spinach, turmeric and lemon)
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- ½ stalk freshly grated turmeric (about 3 to 4 grams, optional)
- 2 frozen bananas , cut into chunks
- ½ cup chopped fresh pineapple (peeled)
- 2 generous handfuls baby spinach (about 2 loosely packed cups)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from about ½ of a lemon)
- ½ cup crushed ice (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Divide the smoothie between two glasses. Enjoy!
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
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