Green Smoothie Recipe: The Basics
Green smoothies are delicious, healthy drinks that make an excellent breakfast, lunch or snack. They’re light in calories, packed with fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Green smoothies have the potential to change your life, if you drink them instead of eating things like sugary breakfast cereals or pastries.
Try out this basic green smoothie recipe for a month and see how you feel after. I guarantee you’ll be feeling energetic and healthy!
Choose from among the following liquids: water, coconut water, almond/walnut/hemp/soy milk, dairy milk, liquid yogurt, etc.
I use about 1/3 almond or walnut milk and 2/3 water in order to reduce the calories, but still give my green smoothie a bit of richness. If you’re trying to gain weight, don’t use any water because you’ll want all those calories.
The sky is the limit! I always use banana, berries, apple and orange. For best results, use frozen ones. Quick tip: You can peel just about anything and put it in the freezer for use in smoothies: oranges, kiwis, peaches, etc. You can also freeze things like grapes or strawberries (remove the stems).
Vegetables really pack a nutritional punch so be sure to include some of them in your basic green smoothie recipe. Some of my favourites that I always include are cucumber, carrot and beets (raw).
Make your green smoothie green! My favourites smoothie greens include: spinach, kale, lettuce, cabbage, swiss chard, beet greens and dandelion greens. I sometimes use arugula as well, but that can be a little bit bitter if you’re not used to it.
Start small when you’re just getting used to green smoothies, but increase it over time. The greens are what really kick a regular smoothie into a nutritional powerhouse.
#5: Nuts, Seeds or Grains
Include some nuts, seeds or grains in your green smoothie recipe so it’ll give you some lasting power until your next meal. I like to put in: oatmeal, flax seeds, walnuts, almonds, hemp hearts, chia seeds, or pumpkin seeds. But, any kind of grain, nut, or seed will work! Just be sure to not add too many if you’re trying to lose weight. Want to gain weight? Go heavy on these ones!
#6: Herbs (optional)
I like to include some mint, basil or cilantro to give it an interesting flavour. Try them out and see which ones you like best.
Don’t Forget about the Blender!
Green smoothies are way easier to make if you have a decent blender and now you have a basic green smoothie recipe! Check out a Vitamix for my top two choices for green smoothie blenders.