Simple green smoothies are just that – Simple! Way too often the recipes for “green” smoothies are loaded down with a whole lot of exotic ingredients. Not only are these sometimes difficult to find but that also, in my opinion, detracts from what smoothies are supposed to be: healthy, fun, and easy!
I’m sure you have seen this recipe around in one form or another; like I said, it is simple! But that doesn’t negate the fact that it is very healthy and really tasty.
So, when looking for some simple green smoothies, keep this recipe in mind. It is endlessly variable and always easy.
In your favorite smoothie blender, mix:
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 cup mango (previously frozen if preferred)
- 1 cup pineapple (please, not canned if you can avoid it)
- 2 previously frozen bananas, peeled and sliced (TIP peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING)
For best results blend the spinach and water first and get rid of the leafy clumps that sometimes happen. Add the fruit next and mix until you reach your preferred consistency.
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Simple Green Smoothies
Good read about how to make a smoothie from www.livingintherealworld.net
Let the blender run for a longer amount of time after your green smoothies is already well-blended. It will make it frothier and increase the volume! There’s something very satisfying about a really big smoothie that’s all nice and frothy.
- Start with sweetness. Begin drinking green smoothies with a higher ratio of fruit to greens. Use ripe fruit (browning bananas are the best), and even consider adding some honey or maple syrup if you find that your smoothie is too bitter. Over time you can decrease the sweet fruits and increase the greens, but you should let your taste buds adjust before making that move.
- Get creative. Anything that can be blended can be turned into a smoothie! I even added champagne to my green smoothie one day (admittedly, that wasn’t the greatest idea. Green champagne is not exactly the most appealing thing in the world). I like using tofu, fruits, leafy greens, nut butters, ground flax, chia, protein powders, honey, cocoa powder… have fun with it!
- Go for variety. This is very important if you want to make green smoothies a mainstay of your diet. Not only does variety offer more nutrients, but it also is more exciting in terms of taste. I’ve been really enjoying chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and mango flavors in my smoothies lately, and it keeps the whole nutrition challenge interesting and enjoyable.
- Make your smoothies in bigger batches. Use two to four cups of water (and adjust your other ingredients accordingly) rather than one cup of water. The reason for this is that when the blender gets going, it likes to kick up the ingredients all over the place. This means that if you only have one cup of smoothie in there, little bits of spinach and lettuce are going to get kicked up by the blade and will fleck the sides of your blender with green. That’s no fun, because then you’re missing out on valuable greens and you might wind up getting little chunks of green in your smoothie. There’s nothing much more gross than drinking a tasty smoothie and then suddenly finding a chunk of kale unexpectedly in your mouth. Make a bigger batch so that the ingredients don’t get kicked up as much. And hey, you might just find that you’ll be drinking more green smoothies, too!
- Take macro and micronutrients into consideration. Macronutrients are water, protein, carbs and fat. Micronutrients are all minerals and vitamins. If you’re drinking lots of green smoothies every day, it’s best to use various ingredients to ensure you’re getting adequate macro and micronutrients. Play around with avocadoes, seeds, nut butters, tofu and protein powders in addition to your fruits and veggies. Add some lemon or lime for zest. You can even sprinkle in various spices – I like adding a nice dose of cinnamon to my chocolate smoothies.
- Be careful with the ingredients you choose. Spinach is a fantastic green because it breaks down super easily into a blender. Unless you have a high-tech fancy blender, you might not want to use something like kale in your smoothies because it doesn’t break down smoothly and you’ll likely be left with little bits of green. Bananas are a great choice for thickening a smoothie and for adding sweetness; choose browning bananas at the store, and then peel them when you get home. Break each banana into about six pieces and put it into a container before sticking it in the freezer. This way you’ll have them ready to add to smoothies at any time, without the frustration of trying to peel the frozen banana (I’ve been there. Peeling frozen bananas is maddening).
How to Make a Smoothie
Green smoothies are always popular because of their proven nutritional benefits. Green smoothies are also frequently the base for so called “detox” smoothies This green detox smoothie recipe was first featured on ABC’s Good Morning America television program a while back. As a “detox” recipe it works because it contains a lot of water and fiber, both of which are required to efficiently flush the digestive tract.
As first published, this is certainly one of the more healthy of the green detox smoothie recipes. But, we have added even more nutritional value by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed to the mix. Chia is a natural nutritional powerhouse that brings a whole range of nutritional goodness including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids. Also, Chia has no taste of its own so adding it to the mix won’t change the results at all.
In your favorite blender mix:
1 1/2 cup of cold water
1 head of romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped (or any other green leafy veg you like)
3 large stalks of celery
1/3 bunch of cilantro
1/3 bunch of parsley
Juice of 1/2 a fresh lemon
1 Tbsp. Chia seed
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Green Detox Smoothie
Today’s recipe creates a carrot peach smoothie. Two items rarely seen together I grant you!
You can enjoy carrots all year round but those harvested in the summer and early fall have more taste. Carrots are loaded with vitamins including A, C, and K. Eat as many as you want because they are also low in calories. Without question, Carrots and their crunchy taste make smoothies even better.
Fresh peaches are “in season” in most places begins in July and runs through August. But, depending on the weather, you can find fresh peaches as early as May and as late as September. For the tastiest peach choose ones without any hint of green coloring. If not in season frozen peaches are OK too and preferable to canned.
Its also easy to turn this carrot peach smoothie treat into even more of a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.
In your favorite blender mix:
large carrot peeled and chopped
1 fresh peach seeded and sliced in quarters
1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
Tbsp. Chia seed
Carrot Peach Smoothie – and Strawberries
The case for making green smoothies is usually that the ingredients used are higher in nutritional value than is the case for other recipes. While an argument can be made on both sides of that particular issue, the fact remains that “green smoothies” are very popular and are very healthy. The pineapple OJ smoothie below is but one example.
As an example, this recipe mixes both fruits and vegetables into a single mix that offers a great deal of nutrition and a surprising amount of taste. I like that it calls for Spinach rather than Kale as Kale can be a bit harsh in some recipes. However, if you like Kale by all means feel free to substitute it.
The recipe can also deliver even more nutrition simply by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia offers a great deal of nutritional value including antioxidants and cholesterol fighting, heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. Even better, unlike flax, Chia has no taste of its own so adding it won’t change the tasty results.
- 2 cups baby spinach
- Cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
- Medium apple, quartered (your choice of type, just core and peel)
- 1 previously frozen banana (peel and slice before freezing)
- Cup Orange Juice (fresh is best but any will do, just watch the sugar content)
- Tbsp Chia seed
Put everything into your favorite blender at the same time and blend until you get the consistency you prefer.
Pineapple OJ Smoothie