Green Smoothies 101
Green Smoothies are easy to make and super healthy!
Whether you call it a smoothie, whole foods juice, or green monster, it's a delicious way to get in vitamins, minerals, and many servings of fruits and veggies. Especially if you're trying to eat cleaner or less processed food - it's like a healthy reset button for your taste buds.
The fiber in the fruits and veggies will keep you feeling full and adding lots of sweet fruits will make it taste more like a dessert. They are perfect for adults and kids alike!
I don't follow a specific recipe but do follow some simple guidelines to make it tasty everytime.
1. Fill 1/3 of blender jar with baby spinach or kale. I love the prewashed bags. You can also seal the bag and keep it in the freezer if you're worried about it going bad too quickly.
2. Make it sweet! I use 2-3 ripe to very ripe bananas and/or a handful or two of pineapple. Whenever we have over ripe bananas, I peel them and break into 4-5 pieces and store in a quart size Ziploc freezer bag to use in smoothies. Frozen or fresh fruits both work well in smoothies. I like using frozen best because it makes the texture a little thicker.
3. Make it cold! Even if you're using frozen fruits, add some ice. The key to an awesome smoothie is the colder the better. I add about a cup of cold water or orange juice to thin out the smoothie.
4. It doesn't have to look green to be a green smoothie. Strawberries turn them brownish. Blueberries make them more purple. If you don't add berries and use only light colored fruits like pineapple and bananas, it will stay green.
5. Invest in a good blender. Based on some good friends recommendations , I bought a Blendtec. It makes the smoothies super smooth and the texture is perfect. While I've never spent that much on a blender before, it was worth it for the weight loss and maintenance benefits. I blend on the "whole juice" setting. A blender full provides 3-4 large servings. There are many wonderful blender choices on the market, so you can pick the one that's right for you.
6. Pick 3 fruits minimum for variety. I often use ripe bananas, frozen pineapple, and oranges. Mango, apples, pears, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and marionberries are great too.
7. Optional - use a green powder booster. I like the cheapest one in a white plastic "cube" at Trader Joes or Amazing Grass Green Superfood in Lemon Lime flavor. I use 1 1/2 scoops when making a blender full.
8. Optional - yogurt. I skip this because I don't want the calories and get protein from other foods.
What other things do you like to put in your green smoothies? It's fun to play around with different ingredients and find your favorite mixes.
Wishing you a wonderful 2014 filled with good health and happiness!
Note: I have not been compensated in any way for this post. The opinions are purely my own and I do not represent any of the brands mentioned.