For people who are afraid of going out on a limb and trying green smoothies are most often turned off by their color. For many, they nearly gag every time they think of a green smoothie. There really isn’t any reason to feel this way and we’ve got a few recipes for some green smoothies that should help beginners to take a chance and discover that adding green smoothies to their diet.
When it comes to adding green smoothies to your diet, it’s important that you add the right combinations together so that you don’t end up making something that’s utterly disgusting. Try some of the following recipes and you’ll get hooked on them. Remember just one green smoothie will give your body plenty of nutrients, less calories, and will just make you feel great.
The Island Blast
This green smoothie will give you that tropical feel that even the kids will enjoy adding to their diet.
• 1 medium ripe banana
• 1 stalk of celery
• ¼ peeled cucumber
• 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
• Small handful of parsley
• ½ inch piece of ginger
• 1 or 2 cups of coconut water
Combine all the ingredients in your blender and add the coconut water and blend well. Pour and serve.
Green and Creamy
This green smoothie is a great one for those who love avocados and want a really nice and creamy smoothie.
• 1 avocado peeled, pit removed, cubed
• 1 frozen medium banana
• 1 orange with seeds removed
• ½ to 1 cup of fresh spinach
• 1 to 1 ½ cups of vanilla almond milk
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until nice and smooth, pour, and enjoy.
If you prefer a sweeter version think of adding a tablespoon of maple syrup or honey.
You can also add a few ice cubes if you wish while blending it together.
Another great one that will make you feel like you’re in the tropics. It’s another one that even the kids should enjoy.
• 1 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
• 1 medium banana
• 1 inch piece of ginger
• 2 handfuls fresh spinach
• 1 cup of water or coconut water
Put all the ingredients in the blend, add the water, blend, and enjoy. Just don’t tell the kids there’s spinach in it.
This is a great super smoothie that gives you a real boost along with a little protein kick as well.
• 2 cups fresh spinach
• 1 medium frozen banana
• ¾ cup of frozen mixed berries or use fresh strawberries and blueberries
• ¼ cup of raw nuts or raw seeds (sunflower seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, almonds, or a combination)
• 1 to 2 cups of water or coconut water
Add all the ingredients into your blender, add the water, and blend together until it’s the consistency you’re looking for.
Green Strawberry and Kiwi Lemonade Smoothie
Here’s a green smoothie that has a little kick to it with the lemon that’s added.
1 kiwi peeled
¾ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
¼ to ½ cup of fresh or frozen pineapple
½ lemon with seeds removed
2 cups fresh spinach
1 to 1 ½ cups of water or coconut water
Add all the ingredients to your blend, add water, and blend well.
Take It Slow
For many, it can be difficult to switch to green smoothies and this is why we suggest that perhaps you start off slow and work your way up. Make a fruit smoothie and then just add a little bit of cucumber, celery, cilantro, basil, mint leaves, parsley, or broccoli sprouts. When you start to get more comfortable with green smoothies, you then can try working up to adding up to two cups of a leafy green such as spinach, kale, spring greens, swiss chard, or romaine lettuce. The best leafy green to start adding for beginners would be fresh spinach and then move up to other veggies after getting used to the spinach. When transitioning the greens in, it’s always a good idea to have one to two servings of fruit and try to make sure it has at least two different fruits.
You really shouldn’t use a typical blender that you have in your kitchen, it won’t last long if you start making a lot of smoothies. The best thing you can do is invest in a high powered blender. Yes, they cost a lot more money but they won’t break down after a lot of use like an ordinary kitchen blender will eventually do.
Strawberry Cream Smoothie (Bonus Recipe)
This is an ideal smoothie to use as your starter in getting used to adding green to your smoothies.
• 1 medium frozen banana
• 1 cup of frozen strawberries
• ½ avocado
• 1 ½ cups of almond milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
• A few mint leaves for more “green”
Add all the ingredients to the blender. Blend well, pour, and enjoy.