Want to try green smoothies but don’t know where to start? This simple guide takes you from zero to deliciously green in just 5 minutes! I make these things almost every morning as a way to get the tulip-man and I filled up and ready for the day (and to pack in a few servings of veggies without bother before 9am).
So I’ve got to admit, even though I studied nutrition and cook healthy food for a living, sometimes I struggle to get in as many veggies as I know I should. I blame my sweet tooth, which urges me to think about dessert far before I think about what I’ll make as a vegetable side dish. But I found a way to get a healthy dose of veggies into my diet easily and without fuss…Green Smoothies!
Eatmail subscribers know that I’m all about smoothies, but I’m realizing that not everyone is as accustomed or comfortable with throwing a salads-worth of spinach into a smoothie. So today we’re breaking it down to the basics.
We’ll start by blending together our liquid and our greens. The secret to ultra-smooth green smoothies is in blending the liquids and greens together first, then adding in the rest of your ingredients. This step prevents having chunky bits of spinach or kale floating around your smoothie!
Then we’ll need a creamy base. I usually use chopped and frozen bananas. Pro tip: Cut your bananas into 7 pieces then freeze, that way when you need to pull the bananas out of the freezer for the smoothie, you’ll know exactly how many pieces equals one banana! If you’re not a fan of bananas, plain yogurt works well too!
Next we have fruity flavors. You can use virtually any fruit you’d like here, but today we’re going with kiwi and pear.
Finally, we have the optionals. You can throw in optional superfoods, like chia or flax seeds. You can also add optional flavor enhancers, like cinnamon, vanilla extract, or cocoa powder!
- 1 cup liquid (milk or juice)
- 1 cup leafy greens (spinach or kale)
- ½ cup creamy base (1 banana or ½ cup plain yogurt)
- 1 cup fruit (today that’s 1 kiwi and 1 pear)
- 1 Tbsp optional superfood topping (chia, flax, or hemp seeds)
- 1 tsp optional flavor enhancer (cinnamon, vanilla, honey)
- Combine liquid and greens in a blender until smooth.
- Add the rest of your ingredients and continue blending until smooth.
I first published this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin’, where I’m a contributor.