The Smoothie That Keeps You Going Until Lunch

Having a green, alkaline smoothie for breakfast is just awesome. It’s packed with nourishing goodies, and it makes you feel great – BUT – it doesn’t always last until lunch and you can easily fall into the mid-morning snack trap…

Not anymore!

This hugely alkaline, super-filling smoothie ticks all of the boxes: nutrients, flavour AND satiety (i.e. you feel fuller for longer).

Combining the nourishment from the greens, fibre, protein and fats it’s the perfect combination to keep your happy and hunger-free from breakfast until lunch – meaning this is the ultimate 5-minute breakfast to fit into your busy schedule.

Contains 27g protein & 29g fibre!

The “Fill-Me-Up-Until-Lunch” Alkaline Smoothie

Serves 2

1/2 Avocado
2 Handfuls of baby spinach leaves
2 Handfuls of kale, watercress or other green leaf
1/2 Cup of almonds (soaked overnight)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
200ml of almond milk (unsweetened)
200ml filtered water


  1. Soak the almonds overnight or for at least 4 hours (unless you’ve got a Vitamix or other high powered blender, and then this step is optional)
  2. Simply blend the ingredients together, starting with the avocado, greens and liquids to form a base, before putting everything else in – except the chia
  3. Once it’s all blended, stir through the chia seeds and then wait for 2 minutes for the chia to do it’s thing!

Enjoy and let me know how it works for you!

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  1. cis Reply

    Good and simple. A couple of points
    1) It may be a good idea to rotate the nut butter to avoid food intolerances or allergies developing…
    2) It is currently very cold outside (and in my house).
    Last thing I feel like is a cold breakfast…
    Any options for cold winter mornings for those of us who do NOT live in the South?
    I do already drink a cup of ginger tea first thing…

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  3. Maria Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I’m wanting to buy a gadget to make alkaline smoothies. What should I look for (should I be looking for self-cleaning blenders, self-cleaning juicers or are they the same)?

  4. Maria Reply

    Hi Ross,

    What alternatives are there for almond butter please?

    Many thanks in advance.

  5. Kelly Reply

    Hi, would there be a substitute for avocado? they don’t agree with me…

  6. Wendy Reply

    Is it safe to consume raw spinach on a daily basis? I remember reading somewhere that one should alternate greens because of some compound that spinach contains?? Is this true?

    • cis Reply

      Spinach is high in oxalates and this can be a real problem for some, and perhaps a smaller problem for others.
      Moreover, in Europe, we have always lightly steamed spinach.
      It is an American habit to eat raw spinach (which we don’t consider healthy)…
      You can sub with other greens or green powders.

  7. Maryann Jorgeson Reply

    I’ve been buying “Trader Joes” bottled alkaline water ph 9.5+ do you know of it and am I getting what I’m paying for ?
    I’m in Seattle WA USA

    • James Reply

      @ Kelly… If organic avocados not agree with you. May I suggest you find out why. That in-it-self is a yellow flag. Shall let Ross address your query of ad avocado replacement. PS: Check to see how you react to various nuts. (similar to avocados)?.

  8. Amanda Keeling Reply

    Hi Ross I’m going to try your smoothie recipe, however, I have an allergy to certain nuts
    including almonds. I think predominantly its tree nuts I’m not good with. I’m good with almond milk. What would you suggest I use instead?

    Any ideas gratefully received.

    • ross Reply

      Hi Amanda

      The nuts are in there for protein and fat – so you can just add some extra fats and for more protein try chia, cooked quinoa, raw oats, canellini beans – or an alkaline protein powder (the sun warrior brand is great).

      Or you can just leave them out 🙂


  9. deana middleton Reply

    oops left the chia seeds in the blender, does that matter?

  10. Janet Jenkerson Reply

    Is there any replacement for chia seeds? I am from South Africa, and I have never heard of this product.

  11. Vernon McMiles Reply

    Message deleted as it contained private information about the poster (email/contact details etc).

    • ross Reply

      Hi Vernon – I’ve emailed you the answer to this.


  12. Reina Reply

    Hi Ross

    Can I sub the almond milk with coconut milk?

    • ross Reply


  13. Jae Reply

    I’m allergic to almonds. What can I replace all the almond-based stuff with? The only nuts I know I’m safe with are walnuts. All the others, I’m either allergic or intolerant to. I can also have sunflower seeds. Can I put those in?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Jae – absolutely. These would work fine, as would cashews.

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  15. larry Reply

    How do you get 27 g protein

  16. Amy W Reply

    Hi, Ross. I tried to make this smoothie this morning and it didn’t come out smooth at all. It was very “grainy” I guess you could say, with lots of bits of greens which was sort of off putting because I wanted it to be smooth in texture. I use a Ninja blender and I did soak the almonds overnight. What could I be doing wrong?

    • ross Reply

      Hi Amy

      I would omit the Kale – this is what your blender is struggling with and making it taste grainy.


    • James Reply

      @ Amy, We use ninjas, we thoroughly grind our dry goods 1st. THEN add our coconut water & then our greens. Doing Kale (& some other items) has its drawbacks but we still alternate. Experimentation of what works & what you like, locate a balance. But, do partake of all the good stuff. Partake of the cream and the less tasty smoothies.

  17. Matt Reply

    Hi Ross,

    I am too interested in the pros and cons of consuming raw kale (and others from the same family) on general health (not necessarily for a specific condition).

    Can you please provide your thoughts.


  18. Sylvia Reply

    Hi Ross,

    Loved the smoothie, really filling. Had breakfast at 7am an did not feel hungry till after midday. thank you.

  19. karin Reply

    Allergic to almonds. Can those and the almond milk and the almond butter be replaced by something else?

  20. julie Ackerman Reply

    Is the 27 grams protein and 29 grams fiber for both servings or per serving?
    Thanks so much, Julie

  21. Liz Reply

    I have a goiter on both sides of my thyroid and through my research I have read that if you have a compromised thyroid you should not be eating, juicing or making smoothies out of the raw cruciferous vegetables such as Kale, Spinach, broccoli, cabbage etc. Your smoothie adds both raw kale and raw spinach. How can I get around this? Do you know anything about not eating the raw veggies with a thyroid condition? I would love to hear your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    • Jo Reply

      Liz, have you any information on this please?

      • ross Reply

        Hi – the thyroid/kale/goitrogen issue is definitely something to be aware of if you have a known thyroid condition. For everyone else it’s certainly not an issue – UNLESS you have a severe iodine deficiency.

        Look for low oxalate greens (a google search will show you this) – greens such as romaine lettuce are excellent as an alternative.


      • cis Reply

        Liz, you could lightly steam them before blending…
        most people (including Dr Wentz) agree that it is ok to eat veggies from the Brassica family when suffering from a thyroid condition, particularly if they are ightly steamed.

    • Angela Reply

      My naturopath said the same about the raw kale, cruciferous greens should be steamed. I quickly steam the greens and put them in the vitamix. Pour my greens into ice cube trays and freeze. its quicj and easy way to add to my smoothies.

      • ross Reply

        Hey Angela and Liz

        This is a bit of a myth. The supposed issues with cruciferous has been blown HUGELY out of proportion, is not backed by any studies – BUT it can affect those who have a pre-existing severe thyroid issue. If you want to steam first this is fine, but it’s more work and you are losing some of the nutrients by cooking.

        I’ve explained more here:


  22. Nancy Reply

    Would can I sub for all the almonds in this recipe? I’m allergic to almonds, but not to other nuts.

    • ross Reply

      Hi Nancy

      You can sub any other nut you like – I most prefer almonds but you can use cashews or other nuts. Be aware that cashews bought from large chains will likely have been stored a long time and can become acidic. It’s best to buy from a local source and organic where possible.


  23. Greg Reply

    Great recipes

  24. Greg Reply

    Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing

    • ross Reply

      Hey buddy!

      Thanks man 🙂

      Will I be seeing you in Oct in AZ again this year?

      How’s things been?

    • Deb Reply

      i don’t have chai can you add a banana or just leave it ?

      • ross Reply

        You can just leave the chia if you don’t have it. That would be better than adding banana.


  25. Victor Viscomi Reply

    I wish there was an “Edit” feature so I can go back and correct my spelling error!

  26. Victor Viscomi Reply

    Looks good! Do you make your own almond milk? I have found it impossible to find almond milk in the store that does not contain carageenen and/or myriad gums, and other undesireable ingredients.

    • ross Reply

      Hi Victor

      Yes, I do – I do it by soaking almonds overnight and then putting through my slow juicer.

      Tis delicious!