What Is A Green Smoothie?
A green smoothie is a smoothie using dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chard, collards, fresh fruits and a liquid base. These smoothies are naturally dairy-free and using creamy fruits like bananas, mangoes or papayas will give them a smooth texture.
Green smoothies contain high-quality amino acids, important minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and beneficial plant-based chemicals that boost your immune system, improve your health, and may help reduce life-threatening diseases.
Reasons Why We Love Green Smoothies:
- If you struggle with eating fruits and greens, this is the easiest way to get sufficient servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet daily.
- Assist in natural weight loss.
- Green smoothies will boost your immune system which means you’ll get sick a lot less often.
- Natural Energy Booster – no need of caffeine to help you get through the day.
- Easy and fast to make – less than 5 minutes to make and if you prepare them ahead of time, you can make enough for several days or take them with you on the go.
Basic Green Smoothie Recipe
2 cups water
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup pineapple
1 cup mango
- Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and toss into the blender.
- Add 2 cups of water and blend until the leafy chunks are gone.
- Add fruit and blend again until smooth (30 seconds to 3 minutes).
- Pour into your cup and enjoy!
Tips For Making the Perfect Smoothie:
- Don’t toss everything in at once – blend in stages starting with the leafy greens and liquid or you might end up chewing your smoothie! Keep blending until you get the texture you want.
- Like your smoothie to be extra chilly? You can freeze your favorite fruits like grapes, berries, pineapple or ripe bananas (peel first). You can also freeze leafy greens in a freezer safe bag. Don’t thaw out the greens – put them directly into the blender from the freezer.
- Taste too green? Add more naturally sweet fruits to sweeten up the bitter taste. Use the 60/40 rule – 60% fruit to 40% greens. Don’t forget about mint, parsley and cilantro.
- Store your green smoothie in an airtight container (up to 2 days) to keep it as fresh as possible.
- Have allergies to certain fruits or don’t like certain fruits? You can use any of the following base fruits in your green smoothy: Banana, mango, peach, pear, apple or papaya.
- Try different flavor combinations in addition to your base fruits: berries, oranges, Kiwi, avocado and pineapple.
- Liquid substitutes: coconut water, almond milk or organic soy milk.
- Spice it up with cinnamon, vanilla bean, ginger, turmeric, cardamom or a dash of ground cloves.
- Add any health boosting ingredient like oats (soak first), unsweetened protein powder, chia seeds and flax seeds.
Give it a whirl! Use the base recipe and start blending. Adjust the seasoning and flavoring as needed. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little more fruit. If it’s too thick, add more liquid. If it’s too thin, add more base fruits and greens. Enjoy!