Green Tart Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Oct. 31. 2014

Green Tart Smoothie

Oct. 31. 2014
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

A light and refreshing low sugar green smoothie with the tart flavors of green apple and citrus.

The Green Tart Smoothie is loaded with mineralizing greens, low sugar fruits, and plant-based proteins coming from spirulina or chlorella, and even amino acid and B vitamin rich bee pollen. I promise, after drinking this smoothie you won’t have a sugar crash like most do when eating handfuls of candies and your skin and digestion will thank you so much for it.

The Green Tart Smoothie has similar ingredients as my famous Stripped Green Smoothie, yet focuses on my favorite low sugar fruit the green apple and heaps of greens that are incredibly mineralizing and fiber-rich. The added bonus in this smoothie, which is an optional ingredient, is the chlorella or spirulina.

Both chlorella and spirulina contain all amino acids making it a great protein source, these sea vegetables/algae also contain minerals and vitamins that are important for keeping us energized. I’ve talked at length about spirulina and why I love using it in recipes like smoothies for an easy way to boost the plant-based protein content, read here on spirulina to get a refresher course. Also, if you’re wondering what in the world is bee pollen and where to get it, check out my pantry page about bee pollen. It’s one of my favorite “superfoods” to add to smoothies!

I challenge/encourage/double dare you to leave the candy at the door and sip on something that’s going to leave you feeling great all day and evening long while nourishing you from the inside out. Ladies, not to mention this green smoothie is literally one of my beauty secrets- whenever I want to stay lean and trim, incorporating more low sugar fruits into my smoothies instead of higher sugar fruits (like bananas, papaya, pineapple, etc.) and limiting my daily chocolate fix, always does the trick!… also notice the word “limiting” my daily chocolate fix- I have it every day without fail as a treat!

The Recipe

Serves 1



1 cups filtered water

1/4 cup coconut milk

4 romaine lettuce leaves

1 medium green apple

1 stalk celery

1/2 cup cucumber

1 handful watercress (or use spinach)

15 chlorella tablets or 1 tablespoon organic spirulina (optional)

1 teaspoon bee pollen

juice of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lime


Simply blend all ingredients together until smooth. Optional ingredients such as bee pollen and stevia are to taste.

If using chlorella tablets, these will dissolve and break down when blended.

Add ice to chill or serve over ice and enjoy immediately!

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