TIPS FOR MAKING EASY GREEN SMOOTHIES - PLUS RECIPES!

Today is Thirsty Thursday and I want to share some of my favorite smoothie recipes and tips with you guys. I actually talk about smoothies quite a bit on this blog and some of my most popular posts are my smoothie posts, such as:

This past weekend I decided to spend a little bit of time doing some smoothie prep to make smoothie making a little easier on the weekday mornings, and to help free up some space in my fridge.

I got the idea from another blog to blend up my greens with a little bit of water and then freeze them in ice cube trays so I could just easily add them to smoothies. Genius!

I took the beet greens I had in my crisper drawer, plus a whole bag of chopped kale (I know the bag above says mixed greens, but the bag I used this time was just kale) and added it to my blender. I added just enough water to it to get the mix going, and then continued to add greens and as little water as was needed to get it all blended down.

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I weighed everything on my kitchen scale as I added it to the blender so I could easily divide that weight by 12 and know how much I should pour into each silicone cupcake liner to get 12 cubes of greens that were the same size.

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Then I subtracted the weight of the water from the total weight and divided that number by 12 so I would know how much greens were in each cup (about 2 oz).

All of that may sound kind of like a pain in the ass but now when I make my smoothies in the morning I can just grab 2 of these cubes and toss them in the blender. I know that I'm adding about 4 oz of greens to my smoothie and the fact that they're frozen means I don't have to add as much ice. My crisper drawer also has a lot more room in it now that my smoothie greens aren't in there.

In last week's Thirsty Thursday post for Vegan MoFo I talked about my 9 favorite vegetables to add to smoothies and juices and this week I want to share some recipes for you that include those vegetables.

Of those 9 vegetables I listed, the ones I most commonly add to smoothies are:

  • greens
  • carrots
  • beets
  • cucumber
  • ginger
  • broccoli

It's pretty rare for me to make a smoothie without adding some kind of greens to it because I always think, "Why not?" Most of the time you can't even taste them so why wouldn't I want to boost the nutritional value of my smoothie? It does occasionally happen though.

Here are some of my latest smoothie recipes that call for these ingredients. I apologize that not all of them have pictures.

Sunny Morning Smoothie - 475 calories

  • 1 mango
  • 2 oranges
  • 1.5 cups of pineapple
  • carrot
  • small piece of ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I like to chop the mango and pineapple the night before and toss it in a Ziploc and into the freezer. Then, in the morning I can just peel the orange and chop the carrot, add the frozen fruit, ginger, and vanilla and blend. The oranges provide enough liquid that I don't need water and the frozen fruit means I don't need ice.

Green Berry Blast - 400 calories

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • carrot
  • 1 banana
  • a few handfuls of leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup of water

smoothie formula

When I'm adding greens to the blender I like to add those and the water first, blend them down to make room for the other ingredients, and then add everything else.

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Berry Berry Delicious - 350 calories

  • 3 handfuls leafy greens
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful broccoli florets
  • carrot
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1.5 cups water

Pretty in Pink -  350 calories

  • 2 oranges
  • carrots
  • beet
  • 1 apple
  • 1 small piece of ginger

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 A Taste of Tropical -  370 calories

  • 2 oranges
  • beet
  • 1 cup of mango, frozen
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 oz of leafy greens

When I made this one the first time I was just tossing in things from my fridge (hence the ingredients from the picture below saying 1/2 a carrot and 1/4 cup cucumber). The calorie count above it is for the bulleted list of ingredients above, which is slightly different than what's listed in the picture but it has the same great taste!

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So Peachy Keen - 390 calories

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 peach
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • carrot
  • beet
  • 4 oz of leafy greens
  • ice

These last three smoothies are all kind of similar because I've been using up what I have in my fridge! I'm actually looking forward to going to the store again so I can change up my smoothies a bit. I'm thinking about grapes, bananas, and greens for the next one. Maybe some kiwi? I have a giant book of juices and smoothies at home -- I should consult it and see what I can come up with!

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