This is my favorite smoothie ever! There’s something about the sweetness being combined with spiciness that really takes it to the next level. Green smoothies are a great way to sneak your veggies into your diet. If this is your first experience making a smoothie with greens, don’t worry! If you use a mild green, like spinach or romaine lettuce, you can modify the smoothie to your liking so your taste buds won’t even notice it’s there.
When in Cape Town, there are only a couple truly good places to get smoothies from: Orchard on Long and Wellness Café. Luckily, they were both close by so I was able to make do without my own blender at the time. Wellness has only one good green smoothie option but Orchard really takes it to the next level. Not only is much of their produce organic, they’re willing to make my own personal Spicy Avocado Smoothie every time I stop by! Additionally, they have several delicious smoothies on the menu, a variety of veggie juices, power shots and even raw deserts! And as if that wasn’t enough, they know me by name.
Since arriving in Hamburg, I’ve only come across one place I can get a veggie smoothie and that’s at Mr. Clou located at many of the train stops. While Mr. Clou will do in a pinch, I much prefer my fruit and veggies to be organic so I decided it was time to invest in my own blender. I wanted something small enough that I could travel with that still had a powerful enough motor to liquefy greens. After some research, I knew the NutriBullet was exactly what I needed due to it’s smaller size and powerful 600watt motor. Note that the NutriBullet isn’t easy to find in Germany, so if you need help tracking one down, let me know! Also note that, if you buy one in the US, the voltage is only comparable with outlets within the US; however, if you buy one in Europe or the UK, you can use it most anywhere in the world with the corresponding adapter including the US.
I make my Spicy Avocado Smoothie a variety of ways but this is one of my favorites. For starters, prep your banana by peeling it, breaking it in half and putting it in the freezer overnight, and when you’re ready gather up your ingredients. Personally, I don’t need my banana to be frozen; however, most people do and I admit, it does give it an extra punch. If you don’t have a powerful blender, you may want to break your banana down into pieces so that you don’t burn the motor up.
2 -3 cups baby spinach
1/4 jalapeño pepper and/or cayenne pepper*
1/2 lemon peeled or juiced
4” cucumber 1 frozen banana
1/2 cup water
dash of salt and pepper
hemp or chia seeds for protein boost (optional)
1 tbls of honey, sub fresh apple juice for water or 2 drops of stevia (optional)
*Use more or less depending on your taste for spice. I like to use fermented jalapeños when I’m in Charlotte to get some much needed probiotics in my diet. You can get them at Atherton Mill & Market. In Cape Town or Hamburg I can’t find fermented anything, so I compromise by using cayenne pepper.
If you don’t have a super high powered blender when you make your veggie smoothies, it’s helpful to put the greens closest to the blades. So in the case of the NutriBullet, that means leave them for last. This will help the blender liquefy them better. Finally, put all your ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
- 2 -3 cups baby spinach
- ¼ jalapeño pepper and/or ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ lemon peeled or juiced
- ½ cucumber
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup water
- dash of salt and pepper
- hemp or chia seeds for protein boost (optional)
- 1 tbls of honey, sub fresh apple juice for water or 2 drops of stevia (optional)
- Prep the banana by peeling it, breaking it in half (or smaller pieces) and freezing overnight
- Put all your ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth
Now I can bring my new NutriBullet with me around the world and have a green smoothie every day!