Drink Your Greens (yellows & reds)!


When Elsa is at preschool, David and I sometimes drink our meals instead of eating them. Spinach, avocado, sprouts, pear, lime and pumpkin seeds might sound like a delicious salad to most people. But add a splash of plant milk and some ice and you have turned it into a creamy and groovy green shake. The advantage is not only that it’s quicker to prepare and easier to consume. It also comes with endless possibilities and variations. Add a banana and some extra hemp powder and it’s perfect after a workout. Don’t have almond milk at home? Not a problem, try coconut milk instead. There are no limits or rules.

Smoothies have become a way for us to keep a few of our meals lighter and simpler (which can feel very nice when you work with food all day, like Sara also pointed out). Smoothie can be our breakfast, lunch or anything in-between. And it’s always our first choice after working out. If we are on a detox, a smoothie can even be a pretty fulfilling dinner. The smoothies we mainly talk about today differ from the ones you often find on dessert menus in restaurants, as these have vegetables in them. They still have a sweetness to them, but are more nourishing. It truly is a meal in a glass.

Look for color!
Call us bananas, but we actually prefer to choose ingredients for our smoothies depending on color. It feels a bit more civilized not drinking a brown mess (unless it’s a cacao smoothie). Keeping your smoothies in color scale is not only pretty, but also one of the easiest way to keep track of their health benefits. The colors of fruit and vegetables are directly connected with what nutrients they are rich in. It’s always good to eat (and drink) plants with lots of color, as the color is an indicator that they are rich in the natural chemicals phytonutrients, that help prevent disease and keep your body working properly. So, searching for these disease fighting components is not difficult at all, simply go hunt for colors. The specific colors also indicates what minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients they are rich in. Dark green vegetables are for example rich in iron, carotenoids and chlorophyll. Yellow and orange fruit are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Red and purple vegetables and fruit contain anthocyanins and lycopene. So try to vary different colors on different days for best result.

Another secret behind a good, nutritious and nourishing smoothie is to find a balance between fruit, vegetables, proteins (nuts or nut butter, seeds and protein powders), spices and add-ins (spirulina, turmeric, bee pollen, etc.). Try to make sure that you have something from every category for best result. And make sure to choose organic ingredients if you can find and afford it.

Below, we have listed three of our favorite smoothies in different colors. Use the smoothies as inspiration and add in or replace whatever you have at home. Just follow the color trail ;-)




Be Better Beetroot & Strawberry Smoothie
Serves 2

Nitrogen rich vegetables like beetroots increases the blood flow to the muscles, which means that you get more energy and better performance when you are working out. Cool right!?

1 handful frozen strawberries
1 raw beetroot, peeled (shredded if you don’t have a high-speed blender)
3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp dried goji berries, optional
2 fresh dates, pitted
2 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
1 inch fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 pinch ground vanilla or extract
1 cup almond milk or plant milk of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more liquid if it feels too thick.



Green Recovery Smoothie

Celery and banana are rich in the electrolytes Sodium and Potassium (which you loose when you sweat). Together with the proteins in the hemp powder and nut butter, they are the perfect ingredients in a recovery drink. Keep hydrated and drink this Green Recovery Smoothie after a workout for best result.

1 celery stem with leaves
1 small handful kale or spinach

1 ripe banana, peeled
1 kiwi, peeled

1/2 avocado, stoned
1 lime, juice
1 tbsp hemp protein powder, optional
1 tbsp almond butter or soaked almonds
1 cup coconut water or plant milk of your choice

Mix all ingredients in a blender with a few ice cubes until smooth.



Super C Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Serves 2

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, rosehip and mango, and is in fact a strong antioxidant, helping repair and protect the cells in our bodies. Turmeric has highly anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Add 1 tsp to your daily routine.

1 mango, peeled and stoned
1/2 orange, peeled
1 raw carrot (shredded if you don’t have a high–speed blender)
1 handful soaked cashew nuts
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp bee pollen, optional 
1 tsp rosehip powder, optional
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients in blender with a few ice cubes until smooth.


If you follow us on Instagram (David | Luise) you can find several more smoothie recipes and tips.


  • Guro
    What a beautiful post, and a beautiful blog! Thank you! I would like to say, though, that I agree with the comment above, in that it is a bit difficult to follow your recipes on a budget. Your idea about making a post on budget friendly superhealthy vegetarian cooking is great! Please do so! Keep up the good work.
  • These all looks incredible!
  • omg, I have to try that one :) it looks wonderful, you're doing art there
  • Love this post - those colours are amazing x
  • Sharon
    I was just wondering what it is in the green picture bottom left. Looks like a melon of some sort on some brown paper??
  • Beautiful photography! These are the most unique smoothie recipes I've seen, can't wait to give them a try!
  • Margie
    The photo styling is amazing. Especially the purple red and with the frozen blackberries and raspberries and the ice. What texture! I'm not sure what's more appealing, the photos or the recipes!
  • Kiri
    Inspiring photos! Did you put broccoli in the green smoothie also? I see it in the photo but not in the list of ingredients.
    • You can easily add broccoli, kale or spinach to the green smoothie recipe. But the ingredient photos are mainly for inspirational purpose. To show all green goodness you can add to a smoothie.
  • Elii
    This post is beautiful. I shared the yellow smoothie with my boyfriend yesterday, and the red one with my mother today! Green is on the cards for tomorrow. I would love to see more smoothie recipes, if the two of you have any others! These have been perfect - such complex and delicious flavours. Once again, you've both inspired me to live & eat better. Thanks for this gorgeous post!
  • Vera Fidalgo
    I tried the beetroot and strawberry smoothie for breakfast today. It is delicious, but I'll try to make it thicker next time, as it makes me feel more satisfied in the morning. I am looking forward to other recipes, specially those that are rich in iron (the dark-green ones)! Thank you!
  • Oh wow, these photos are so sumptuous! Gorgeous! Really makes me want to try these recipes out!!
  • beth
    Wow, vackra bilder! Du har gjort grönsaker och frukter till konst. Friska, utsökt konst. Jag måste prova dessa kombinationer. Tack för att dela dina verk.
  • Wow these pics are beautiful! I love the colors! Love Katie ♥ Please visit me on http://whatskatieupto.wordpress.com
  • Oh, THANK you, yet again. And I agree with Sarah, all your yummy recipes make me go bananas in the grocery store - which is not a good thing being a student in Stockholm... Also it would be great to learn a bit more about these super-stuff you can put in the smoothies (like hemp protein, wheat grass and such), what are they good for and how should they be consumed?
  • heather
    Hello! Thank you for the beautiful post. I love drinking my greens (ahem, and my yellows and reds), but am often having breakfast on the go; do you think these smoothies will be good stored overnight and eaten in the morning? I have read that greens begin to decrease in nutritional quality the longer they have been sitting around after having been blended. Do you know if this claim has any validity? Thank you so much! I love your blog - it brightens my day so much! :)
    • Dear Heather, Thank you! That is true, the vitamins decrease. But if you store the smoothie in an airtight container directly after mixing it you can avoid that. Best Luise
      • heather
        Thank you! I am happy there is a solution. :) I also really appreciate how you guys not only provide beautiful and delish recipes, but you also quickly and thoughtfully respond to questions.:) Best, Heather
      • Denise
        If you freeze the smoothie for the next morning in a covered (but not airtight) container, would the be ok as well? Thanks!
  • lilsen
    What beauty!! The photographs are such a delight I'd like to wish there were more colorways to present.... (In that context: Please do post a picture plus recipe for a sweet and sound cacao smoothie! I begin dreaming up earthy colors of dried fruit like dates, figs, plums even, cacao, hazelnuts, cardamom...) Love your aesthetics and taste!
    • Hi Lilsen, Thank you! This is my favorite chocolate smoothie: 1 frozen ripe banana 1 fresh soft date, pitted 1 tbsp hemp seeds or powder 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder 1 tbsp hazelnut butter plant milk of your choice to cover Best Luise
      • Denise
        Thanks for that, I'm going to try the cacao one tomorrow! Will be trying the red one tonight, very curious!! :) Thanks for sharing!!
  • Wooooh, the colours are amazing!! I make smoothies and shakes all the time, but I think I should start looking at those colours, drinking a pretty smoothie will be extra fun. The red one is amazing!
  • Linea
    Hej, Jeres beskrivelse af tumericnlyder som noget jeg burde prøve af, da jeg døjer med skinnbensbetændelse, men jeg er nødt til lige at høre om det kan være rigtigt at det er helt almindelig gurkemeje (fra en hvilken som helst krydderihylde) eller om det er en særlig slags. Tak for endnu et inspirerende og lærerigt indlæg, Hilsen en trofast følger fra Danmark
    • Hej Linea, ja det er rigtig at helt almindelig gurkemeje fra krydderi hylden indeholder curcumin (den vigtigeste af curcuminoiderne). Nogle grønthandlere sælger også den friske gurkemeje rod, men køb en god malet gurkemeje, f.eks. Urtekram i Danmark. Kh Luise
  • AJ
    PS Just want to say, the amazing healing properties of turmeric are most activated when you also add a pinch of black pepper (don't worry, it doesn't affect the taste)...x
    • True that, the same goes for cayenne. The beneficial effect doubles with a pinch of black pepper. Best Luise
  • AJ
    This is all amazing! Are you guys happy to tell us what blender and, also, what juicer you usually use? Just wondering if the quality or type of blender affects the 'smoothness' of the smoothie!? xx
  • Djoeke
    Wow gorgeous pictures! Will definitely try these recipes. :)
  • What a fantastic post. The colours are so vibrant. Go the humble smoothie!
  • Such beautiful photos!
  • Jessica
    Love the photos and amazing recipes.
  • Sarah
    I agree, beautiful photos and inspiring recipes! However, I have been following your blog for two years or so and noticed that it becomes increasingly difficult to follow your recipes on a budget... It probably just means that you are becoming ever more sophisticated! :) And it's true that most of your recipes are easily adjusted to any budget. Cheers!
    • Hi Sarah! What a shame that you feel that way. We try to make sure that our recipes are useful for everyone. Always suggesting alternative ingredients and seasonal products (prices and availability vary a lot around the world). We try to share tips how to find cheaper products and brands. We also have some basic recipes how to make your own homemade seed/nut milk and how to soak and cook beans and lentils, which you save a lot of money from. One good tip is to cook bigger batches of soups and stews and freeze in portions. But maybe we should do a vegetarian budget-friendly guide, that could be fun! Best Lusie
  • Your recommendation to group fruits and vegetables by color is perfect, it reminds us to take nature's cue and not over think it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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