How to Drink Your Greens and Love It
So you’ve noticed the smoothie trend, and yes, it seems the greener the better! But you might be thinking, the greener the grosser. Well, I am here to tell you friends, that green doesn’t have to be gross – in fact it can be good, very very good, even delicious! You will start craving these green veggie smoothies in no time.
Step 1: Choose your Base
Keep it simple. I use water if I am going to add any citrus (lemon, orange, pineapple) to the smoothie, go heavy on fruit, or just want a lighter calorie drink all together. Otherwise, I use almond milk. Feel free to use any type of “milk” as your base (coconut, hemp, cow, goat, raw, rice, etc.). Most importantly, stay away from any fruit juice. It is loaded with sugar and can be as bad for your health as a can of soda.
Step 2: Add the Greens
Start slow. If you are just getting on the green smoothie train, start off with just one handful of spinach. Then move on to 1 handful spinach and 1 handful kale. Eventually you will work up to 2 heaping handfuls of spinach and kale each (and love the way it tastes)!
Step 3: Pick your Fruit
Go easy on fruit. You want to make sure you are selecting a fruit that is going to complement the other flavors in your smoothie. Don’t get too crazy here – we want to create a great tasting drink that is mostly made of vegetables while low in sugar. It only takes 1/2 a banana to add some great flavor to your smoothie. Banana pairs well with almond milk but does not go as well with citrus. Berries are another great option but be ware of the seeds in raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. Avoid the seeds by using blueberries, which are filled with tons of great antioxidants (and will create more of a purple green smoothie, which is less scary for you beginners). If you don’t use frozen fruit, I would suggest adding some ice here.
Step 4: Protein Powder Option
Add a scoop of your go to protein powder here. I recommend a vegan, plant based, no sugar/sweetener added powder to keep our smoothie alkaline.
Step 5: Extras
SuperFood Glory. Admittedly, I am what they call a SuperFoodie – I try to eat as many superfoods as possible at each meal. I love to add little extras to my smoothies like coconut oil, chia seeds, flax oil, cinnamon, ginger, and green powders, just to name a few.
Last but not Least:
Using organic and local ingredients is best of course! I usually freeze my fruit to preserve the ripeness and flavor and to create a cold beverage. Buying greens in bulk at the farmer’s market and freezing it for later use is a great option as well.
How did your first attempt at a green smoothie turn out and what is your favorite recipe? Share below!