Basic Green Thickie Recipe
Create your own recipes from this base
This post should really have been my very first recipe! However here we are, 76 recipes down the line and I’m being asked all the time, ‘where is your basic green thickie recipe?’. I usually just tell people to make whichever recipe they like, but I do think there is a need to have a very basic recipe that you can tweak to suit your own needs, so here it is, the basic green thickie recipe.
A green thickie is a complete meal, not just your ordinary green smoothie. This is because it contains filling carbs so you get your breakfast or lunch all in one glass and don’t have to make numerous meals. We are busy people and I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to make myself multiple breakfasts. This drink gives you everything you need, your drink, your carbs, nutrients, protein, iron etc. It’s all there.
A green thickie is not intended to be a very low calorie drink as it is a complete meal. However you can definitely lose weight by incorporating them into your diet. I think it’s important to get a good number of calories at the start of the day as that’s when we most need most energy and help staving off hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods.
This basic green thickie recipe contains 419 calories. I think this is a good amount of calories for most people to eat for breakfast, but the great thing about them is that you can reduce some of the ingredients to save calories or add in extra ingredients to fill yourself even more. We all have different calories needs so we all need different amounts of food. This recipe is for 2 servings. Each serving is about 1 pint (500ml or just over 2 cups) So you can either drink one for breakfast and one for lunch, save one for tomorrow, share it with someone or if you are extra hungry or need extra calories, drink them both (I often do this).
You can also tweak the ingredients to suit your own taste, budget, food availability and nutrients required. You can pretty much put anything in a green thickie and be able to enhance the flavours or hide them. For example, the taste of spinach is hidden as it’s dominated by sweet fruit, but you could add in some more powerful flavours such as mint to make that the most dominant taste.
Play around with this recipe, add things in and see what works, and let me know if you’ve got a fantastic recipe to share.
Basic Green Thickie Recipe
There are 6 basic ingredients in a green thickie:
- Liquids (water, milk or juice)
- Greens (Spinach, Chard, Collard Greens, Lettuce, Kale or other mild greens)
- Fruit (Add any fruit you like, you don’t have to worry about adding creamy fruit as the oats provide the creaminess)
- Carbs (Oats, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Sweet Potato)
- Seeds or nuts (Any plain seeds or nuts can be added)
- Sweetener (If it needs it add in some healthy sweetener. I prefer to use whole foods so mostly use dates/ date paste)
For more ideas on creating your own smoothie you can read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie. Or read this guide on How to make a smoothie perfect every time. Or you can find my complete selection of Green Thickie Recipes here.
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