Green Smoothie Recipes + Tips

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Green smoothies are really fantastic for you, and rivals green juice. They aren’t as strong and you don’t have to worry about your body detoxifying as rapidly as with green juice.  If you make them the right way, you’ll have no idea that you included greens in your smoothie. It’s a bit harder to hide them in juice but you can always disguise them nicely in a smoothie.

What’s a green smoothie?

It’s a blended drink that includes fruit and greens, usually leafy green vegetables. Sometimes liquid (like water, nut milk or juice) and sweeteners (fresh dates, maple syrup or stevia) are added.  Many people also add wheatgrass or spirulina powders, chia seeds and flax fiber.

What’s the difference between a green smoothie and green juice?

Green juice has all of the fiber extracted out so you are left with only juice- no fiber. This makes it very easy for your body to assimilate since it doesn’t have to go through the same digestive process as food. Smoothies are blended greens. It contains all the fiber and juice.

How do you make a green smoothie?

You simply take the recipe and place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Simple, nutritious and quick. The best blender to use for a smoothie is a high powered blender like the Vitamix. It is so powerful that it will break apart the cells very effectively so that your body can assimilate the nutrients better.

Reasons why green smoothies are good for you.

Besides for the fact that you are getting more raw greens into your diet that you normally would, greens do amazing things for the body.

They are extremely cleansing. They contain chlorophyll which is nearly identical to the hemoglobin molecule in the blood. This means it will build a high red blood count in your blood. If you have a high blood count, it means more oxygen can be delivered to the tissues to help with cellular respiration. Greens (in juices and when eaten raw) help to control calcium in the blood, are high in potassium and have a bit of copper and zinc. It also feeds the good bacteria in your body, and cleanses the bowel.

That’s why it gives you great energy- and promotes healing.  If that isn’t enough for you to start a green smoothie or green juice regimen, I don’t know what is :).

Making your own smoothies

I’ve provided some recipes below, but you can easily make your own if you know a few basic rules.

  • Use only fruit and greens. Don’t worry about food combining the fruit and greens together. It’s actually good for your body first thing in the morning and is what tastes the best.
  • Use frozen fruit for a thicker consistency.
  • Bananas add a wonderful milk like taste and smooth consistency to drinks. They cut out bitterness and hide the taste of greens well.
  • Add water or juice to make it thinner if your smoothie comes out too thick.
  • When you’re starting out, don’t use more then 1 cup or a few leaves of greens in the recipe. Make your recipe light on greens first, and add in more as you become more familiar with blended drinks.

Don’t be afraid to try new things in your recipes. Most times, it will turn out great or can be salvaged by adding more fruit or juice.

The Recipes

These green smoothie recipes generally make about 2 glasses. I usually drink one glass at home and take other to work. Tip: If you like it more watery, add water. If you like it really thick, omit most of the water.

Banana Apple

2 bananas
3 leaves of kale
1 apple
2 cups of water

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Banana Strawberry

1 banana
3 small leaves of kale or spinach
2-4 soft dates
1 cup of frozen strawberries
¼ cup to ½ cup of water

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Strawberry Orange

1 cup of parsley
1 orange (peeled)
½ cup of strawberries
Tiny piece of gingerroot

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Tropical Green

2 mangos
2 cups of spinach
1 banana
½ lime, peeled
¼ cup of water

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Apple Pear & Pineapple

2 apples
1 pear
A few rings of pineapple
1 cup of spinach or lettuce
½ cup of water

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Minty Peach

1 peach
1 cup of romaine lettuce
5 mint leaves
½ cup of water

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

Green Watermelon

2 cups of watermelon
3 leaves of romaine lettuce
½ lemon juice
1 banana

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour in a glass & serve.

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