Green smoothies are the perfect way to get the nutrients your body needs from leafy greens without feeling like a rabbit chomping on a peace of lettuce. Many people even though it's hard to believe have never tried one before. Best of all they are quick and easy to make, low in calories and are packed with nutrients. Drink one for breakfast or in place of a meal to get a well rounded source of vitamins needed in your diet.
Here's a list of things you will need to make the perfect green smoothie for breakfast lunch or dinner!
Start With a Liquid
A single serving smoothie typically calls for about 1/2-3/4 cup of liquid. Check out these liquid options:
- Organic cows milk
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Coconut Milk
- Coconut Water
- Ice for a cold smoothie
Pick Your Fruit
Fruit is usually the backbone of a smoothie which adds antioxidants, fiber and sweetness. Frozen fruits are a good way to make your smoothie thick and frosty. Plus you can load your freezer up with frozen fruits to make them last much longer. Berries are particularly high in antioxidants so keep that in mind when making your smoothie. Choose a couple of these fruit options:
Pick Your Green
When you don’t like the particular texture or taste of a certain green just throw a handful of them in a blender! Most of the following greens blend well in a blender making them easy to drink.
Pick Your Added Boost
Maybe you need more energy? Or protein? Or fiber? Or a healthy fat? Add a scoop of some of the following ingredients to power up that smoothie!
- Chia seeds
- Protein powered
- Cocoa powder
- Ground flax seed
- Wheat germ
- Sliced nuts
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
Smoothie Blending Tricks:
-When making your smoothie put in the liquid first then gradually add the soft ingredients and end with the more frozen ones unless you are adding a powder which can be poured directly on to the liquid to dissolve quicker.
-Kale and nuts can take longer to become smooth so allow your blender to run longer.
-If your smoothie becomes stuck add more liquid to break it up.
-Rinse your blender immediately after you’re done.
-Keep your smoothie simple. Choose no more that 5-8 ingredients letting just two be the main ingredients that stand out.