Did you know that nectarines made the BEST addition to green smoothies? The sweet tart balance that they have is somehow a perfect compliment to greens. Throw a banana in there and you have a super delicious smoothie!
In this smoothie I decided to inject a probiotic boost – and incorporated milk and water kefir. You can substitute the milk kefir for yoghurt, or leave it out completely for a vegan option.
The only other thing in this smoothie is coconut oil. I find that coconut oil is the perfect fat to go into daily smoothies, because it is plant based, and one of the best fats to consume on a daily basis. It can be used to assist one to lose weight, act as a brain food, blood sugar stabilizer, and even stave off dementia.
Coconut oil is also transformational when it comes to the taste and flavor of your smoothie. If you do not believe me, then while you make it, taste it before adding the coconut, and after. You will see that the coconut gives a lovely creaminess and body to the smoothie.
Besides the flavor, I also really love the fact that the coconut oil makes a smoothie more filling. I like to be able to drink my smoothie, and then last on it for while. Nothing more frustrating than going to the effort of making a smoothie, only to be wracked by hunger half an hour later!
I really recommend this smoothie if you are someone who wants to make more green smoothies, but does not enjoy the very ‘potent’ ones which are dominated by greens. I have a few like this, such as this gazpacho style smoothie and kale and orange juice smoothie. These smoothies are chock a block with greens and nutrients, however they are quite strong in taste. Not creamy and sweet.
This smoothie on the hand brings the best of all worlds together. It is creamy, sweet, satisfying and filling, while containing a good amount of greens.
So much in fact in fact that I worked out if you make this smoothie everyday, you will be consuming 21 leaves of swiss chard per in a 7 days…. : D
If you made and liked this smoothie, and are want to try it out with using kale instead of spinach, here is my recipe for the same smoothie but made with kale.
Hope you make and enjoy this smoothie – and if you feel like sharing, tag me on Instagram @rebels.kitchenpics
Nectarine & Spinach Green SmoothiePrint This
- 1 nectarine
- 1 banana
- 3 small to medium swiss chard leaves
- 1/2 cup milk kefir or yoghurt
- 1 cup water kefir (you can also use plain water if you do not have water kefir on hand)
- 50 grams melted coconut oil
- If you have not done so already, melt the coconut oil. I have tried to skip this step before and it always leaves tiny little lumps of oil in my smoothie – not nice. To melt the coconut oil, simply place it in a small saucepan and put that on a very low flame. The oil will melt in moments. Do not overheat it, as you don’t want to be adding piping hot oil to your smoothie!
- Next, de-pip the nectarine and de-rib the spinach leaves.
- Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into containers and enjoy!