A Quick and Tasty Green Smoothie Snack - dummies

A Quick and Tasty Green Smoothie Snack

By Jennifer Thompson

Are you looking for a healthy snack that packs a powerful energy boost? This yummy Tahini and Coconut green smoothie recipe will satisfy your hunger, reduce sugar cravings, and help get you through the day feeling great.

Tahini is a vegan source of calcium and also contains zinc, a potent fertility mineral. Coconut is a healthy fat that boosts the immune system thanks to its flagship component: lauric acid. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids and is a fantastic source of fiber to keep you regular with good digestive health. Swiss chard gives you chlorophyll, minerals, and plenty of fiber to not only fill you up, but also to balance sugar levels and give your skin a healthy glow.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you can reduce the coconut oil to 1 tablespoon and skip the coconut flakes.

Tahini and Coconut Anytime Snack

Prep time: 3–4 min

Blending time: 2 min

Yield: 2 servings

2 green apples

1 ripe banana, peeled

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

2 cups water

3 large Swiss chard leaves

  1. Cut the apples and remove the cores, keeping the skin intact. Cut the flesh into quarters.

  2. Combine all the ingredients except the Swiss chard in the blender and secure the lid.

  3. Starting at low speed and gradually increasing toward high, blend the ingredients for 30 to 45 seconds or until the mixture contains no visible pieces of fruit.

  4. Remove and discard the stems of the Swiss chard. Add the Swiss chard and blend again at medium speed for 30 seconds, gradually increasing the speed to high. Blend on high speed for another 15 to 20 seconds or until the entire mixture is smooth.

  5. Pour the smoothie into two glasses and enjoy!

Per serving: Calories 404 (From Fat 234); Fat 26g (Saturated 14g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 54mg; Carbohydrate 45g (Dietary Fiber 9g); Protein 6g.

If you don’t have tahini (a sesame paste), use 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead. Or instead of apples, try a cup and a half of halved strawberries or blueberries. Add a dash of ground cinnamon for a sweeter twist or 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder for a smooth chocolate flavor.