MAKES two 10-ounce (300-ml) servings

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: —

If you love the taste of vegetables and can’t get enough greenery into your body, this drink is for you. If you’re not a huge fan of the color green or you can’t have a salad without oodles of dressing, then it’s probably best to pass on this one—hardcore veggie lovers only!

I freeze the zucchini and avocado pieces before making this smoothie because it adds chill without having to rely on ice. Also, it’s more economical to purchase produce when it’s on sale, chop it up, and use it in various recipes over the months to come. You don’t have to freeze them for this recipe, but I highly recommend trying it at least once.

1 cup (240 ml) nondairy milk

¾ cup (110 g) chopped zucchini, frozen

½ medium Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, cubed, and frozen (about 2 oz/55 g of flesh)

1 handful of fresh spinach (about 1 oz/30 g)

2 tablespoons collagen peptides or protein powder

1 tablespoon coconut oil or unflavored MCT oil powder

¾ teaspoon matcha powder

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, 30 to 40 seconds.
  2. Divide between two 10-ounce (300-ml) or larger glasses. Best enjoyed immediately.

STORE IT: If there are leftovers or you need to make the drink ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When ready to enjoy, give it a little shake. Alternatively, pour the leftovers into ice pop molds and freeze.

make it COCONUT-FREE:

Opt for a nondairy milk not made from coconut, like almond or hazelnut milk, and use MCT oil powder instead of coconut oil.

make it VEGAN:

Do not use collagen. Opt for a plant-based protein powder.

make it VEGETARIAN:

Do not use collagen. Opt for a plant- or egg-based protein powder.

Per serving, made with full-fat coconut milk, collagen, and coconut oil:

calories: 200 | calories from fat: 129 | total fat: 14.3 g | saturated fat: 9 g | cholesterol: 0 mg

sodium: 131 mg | carbs: 7.3 g | dietary fiber: 3.3 g | net carbs: 4 g | sugars: 2.7 g | protein: 10.6 g

FAT : 64%
CARBS : 15%
PROTEIN : 21%