Did you know that you can use smoothies to sneak more healthy greens and nutrients in your diet? One of the best reasons to sip more smoothies is to sneak in those fruits and veggies that you somehow seem to skip or don’t particularly like (like kale!). Green smoothies are an easy way to enjoy a healthy drink or meal replacement. Think of it like a “salad.” Here’s how to get started!
How to Make Green Smoothies
Getting our daily intake of healthy fruits and vegetables is no easy feat. We are encouraged to eat our vegetables raw, but there are only so many salads you can eat in any given day. Turn those same greens into a flavorful drink with the addition of fruit and water! Think of it as a four part recipe: greens, fruit, milk or water, and ice! Mix and match from those categories to find your perfect green smoothie blend.
When you first start blending up your smoothies, you may be surprised by the bright green color. Once you take your first sip, you won’t look back! Use lots of fruit to offset the unique flavor of the vegetables. To start, you can blend a large serving of spinach, kale, and other dark, leafy greens that you know are good for you that you somehow seem to skip throughout the day. Add a little fruit, berries are a good pairing for greens, and enjoy!
For a delicious and simple green smoothie, blend one banana with one head of romaine lettuce. I prefer spinach, but this is an easy one to start with. I also use strawberries, peaches, and raspberries too.
The key is to add enough water or coconut water to get the consistency you like. Other ingredients to try in your smoothie include almond milk or cashew milk for a sweeter pairing without all the calories.
Have a picky eater? Try kale, spinach, banana, and peanut butter. The banana adds enough sweetness, and the peanut butter has protein to keep you full all day.
Need a healthier meal replacement? Try a scoop of protein powder, leafy greens, pineapple juice, and strawberries.
Besides the flavor, smoothies are kind of amazing since they are portable and can be enjoyed anywhere. You can prep ahead your smoothies by placing pre-measured ingredients into freezer bags too.
P.S. Don’t give up your salads or steamed vegetables though. Instead, use smoothies as an additional way to add even more good nutrition to your diet. Give processed food and junk a break. You will feel better and more energized too! You can get your entire family drinking smoothies too since you can add their favorite flavors. Chocolate lover? Add a scoop of chocolate protein powder. Starbucks “pink drink” fanatic? Try coconut milk and strawberries.
If you need other ideas for smoothies that keep you full all day, read my tips for creating a perfect smoothie.
Do you like green smoothies? What’s your favorite vegetable to drink?