How To Make The Perfect Green Smoothie

there are really an unlimited number of ways to make a green smoothie. so instead of giving you just one recipe, i'm giving you the steps to build the best tasting & most healthy green smoothie every time. and tailored just to your taste.

1. liquid

water is my go-to, but coconut water or nut milk (try my almond milk or walnut milk) are great also.

2. greens

spinach, swiss chard, romaine & kale are all awesome. mix them up. you can now even get pre-packaged mix of baby kale, swiss chard & spinach which makes it super easy.

3. emulsifier

i pretty much always add a banana. avocado is another option.

4. more veggies

try cucumbers, celery, broccoli, zucchini or just more greens!

3. fruit

apple & pear work really well. also good are pineapple, clementines, mango, grapes, peaches & berries. 

unless i'm using nut milk or almond butter, i ALWAYS add the juice of a lemon or a couple limes.

4. add-ons

try adding chia, flax oil, almond butter, ginger root, turmeric root, raw cacao, an acai packet or herbs like cilantro, parsley or mint. i usually just use common sense to decide whether any of these will taste well with the rest of the smoothie.

my rule of thumb is to have 2/3 ingredients be veggies & 1/3 fruit. if you're new to the green smoothie world, you might want to start with 1/2 and slowly start incorporating more veggies & less fruit. because more veggies are always better!

for example, a 2/3 veggie smoothie might look like this:

2C filtered water
3 handfuls swiss chard
3 handfuls spinach
1 cucumber
handful parsley
1 banana
1 apple
juice of 1 lemon

a slightly fruitier green smoothie might look like this:

2C filtered water
3 handfuls swiss chard
1 cucumber
1 banana
1 apple
juice of 1 lemon

and if you're a true beginner, maybe start with something really easy like this:

1.5C filtered water
3 handfuls spinach
1 banana
1C blueberries

(these each make between 40-60oz which is 2-3 medium servings)

having a high quality blender like a vitamix (WTF is a vitamix?) is really helpful when blending veggies. it's faster, easier & blends more finely which makes your smoothies taste better.

tips: 
- blend the liquid and greens FIRST, then throw everything else in & blend the rest
- spinach is the most easily disguised in taste & texture. newbies might want to start there
- mix up your greens, veggies & fruit to get the max variety of vitamins & minerals
- double the batch so you have one ready for the following day
- make a big batch & freeze a few (ball jars are great, get the jars that are specifically freezer-safe). defrost by placing on kitchen counter while you sleep & it will be ready by morning!

 

do you have a go-to green smoothie recipe? i'd love for you to share in the COMMENTS below!