Here's a basic vegan green smoothie recipe that's delicious, nutritious, and contains fewer than 200 calories:
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
- 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup green grapes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
- Ice cubes (optional)
1. Peel the banana and break it into chunks.
2. In a blender, combine the banana, spinach leaves, almond milk, cucumber, green grapes, and chia seeds (if using).
3. Blend on high speed until all the ingredients are well combined and you achieve a smooth consistency. If you prefer a colder smoothie, add a few ice cubes and blend again until smooth.
4. Taste the smoothie and adjust the sweetness by adding a small amount of natural sweeteners like agave syrup or dates if desired. Remember, the natural sweetness of the banana and grapes should suffice for most people.
5. Pour the smoothie into a glass, and if desired, garnish with a few spinach leaves or a slice of cucumber.
6. Enjoy your refreshing vegan green smoothie immediately!
This recipe makes one serving of a green smoothie that is under 200 calories, making it a healthy and filling option for a snack or light meal. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients like a tablespoon of nut butter, a handful of berries, or a scoop of plant-based protein powder to enhance the flavor and nutritional profile according to your preferences.