Lentil Green Smoothie

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

While I don’t support detox diets that lack solid food, I’m all for starting off the year with a super nutrient-dense breakfast.  And I don’t know about you guys but I’m in the mood for something really…green.

And it is New Year’s day after all, (Happy 2016!) so I figured there’s no better time than now to share my green smoothie recipe that with a kick of added nutrition from cooked green lentils.

I first tried lentils in a smoothie at a nutrition expo back in October and have been wanting to share my version with you since experimenting with it on my own once I got home.

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated by green smoothies at first.  I thought it would be really difficult to make veggies taste good in a smoothie.

I was so wrong.

The most important step is blending up the greens with a little water before adding the rest of the ingredients.  This allows the veggies to break down and disperse throughout the smoothie more easily.

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

This smoothie is sweetened only with apples, so it isn’t too sweet…exactly what I’m in the mood for after all of those holiday sweets.

I used to include a frozen banana in my green smoothies to up the sweetness and further disguise the veggies.  I prefer it without now, but feel free to include a banana or other sweetener if you’d like.  Especially if you’re a green smoothie newbie. 😉

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

For protein, I usually use hemp seeds and/or silken tofu but I’m beginning to realize how well lentils work in smoothies too.  They’re fairly neutral in flavor and your tastebuds won’t even realize they’re there.

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

I have a smoothie like this most mornings of the week.  I find that including veggies with breakfast  helps me feel great and make healthy choices for the rest of the day too.

The taste is also a (huge) added bonus…

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

Lentil Green Smoothie
 
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This green smoothie is a convenient way to sneak veggies into your breakfast. With an unexpected boost of plant-based protein from lentils, this smoothie totally qualifies as a balanced meal.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan, Smoothie
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup (packed) spinach
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large apples (I used granny smith), peeled, cored, and roughly chopped
  • Handful ice (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp matcha powder (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut water (or filtered water)
Instructions
  1. Add lentils and 1.5 cups water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook until lentils are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Combine lentils and remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Add additional water as needed to create desired consistency.

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

This Lentil Green Smoothie is the perfect way to get plant-based protein and green veggies for breakfast. Vegan, gluten free, sugar free. From The Grateful Grazer.

What’s your favorite way to have veggies for breakfast?

12 thoughts on “Lentil Green Smoothie

  1. Hi Steph,
    I’m Sara from Carob Cherub. I included this smoothie in my 15 healthy breakfast roundup.
    I just started doing legume + fruit smoothies for breakfast. I’ve been using chickpeas, white beans, black beans and split peas… but no lentils yet. I’m not sure what fruit goes with lentils (brown) since they have a strong flavor.
    What fruits have you paired with lentils in smoothies?

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