Have you ever wondered about Green Smoothies but have been too unsure to try? Today we’re breaking down the Green Smoothie Basics so you can make ultra simple, way delicious green smoothies to kick off your day!
Why this recipe works
So I have 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! These smoothies are ready in 5 minutes and keep you energized all morning, plus, they pack in a full serving of vegetables.
Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable version at the end of this post.
The simple formula we’ve listed in the recipe card below can be used with whatever ingredients you prefer. One of our favorite green smoothie combinations is this Cucumber Tropical Smoothie. Check out the section below that gives you the different fruits and vegetables you can use!
Frequently Asked Questions
There are several leafy green vegetables you can use in your green smoothie recipes. We like spinach and kale the best, others include Swiss chard, bok choy, romaine, collard greens and even dandelion!
You can make green smoothies with water, milk, coconut water, almond, soy or coconut milk, and even juice. However, juice has added sugar, so keep that in mind when choosing.
There are so many fruits that work great in a green smoothie! Try banana, all types of berries, mango or pineapple, stone fruits like peaches, cherries or plums, apples and pears are great too, and you can even use oranges, avocado, and grapes.
You can certainly add yogurt, but if you do we suggest not using banana. As we mention in our basic green smoothie recipe, we use either yogurt or banana as the creamy base.
Oh yes, you can definitely add superfoods such as chai, flax or hemp seeds, and hemp or acai powder. For flavorings, you can add any pure extracts like vanilla or almond, nut butters such as almond or cashew butter, and cocoa powder, cacao nibs or cinnamon.
Yes! If you like, you can make green smoothie popsicles! if you want to drink it though, freezing and thawing a smoothie requires a little forethought. Make batches of your green smoothies and store them in individual serving containers with about an inch headspace. The night before you want to have your smoothie, move it from the freezer to the refrigerator. There are several other options for freezing smoothies here.
Green juice can be made in a blender or a juicer. I have a juicer and it makes removing the pulp super easy. if you don’t have a juicer, simply throw the ingredients into a blender. You can push the ingredients through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the pulp. But remember, all the fiber is in the pulp! Get a green juice recipe here.
These smoothies are packed with delicious vegetables. That’s right, delicious vegetables. Made into beautifully colored green smoothies!
More Smoothie Recipes
- Cranberry Detox Smoothie
- Cozy Coconut Smoothie
- Almond Maple Smoothie
- Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Loaded Coffee Breakfast Smoothie
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Green Smoothie Basics
- 1 cup milk or juice
- 1 cup spinach or kale
- ½ cup 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. Serve immediately.
Expert Tips & FAQs
- You can certainly add yogurt, but if you do we suggest not using banana. As we mention in our basic green smoothie recipe, we use either yogurt or banana as the creamy base.
- There are so many fruits that work great in a green smoothie! Try banana, all types of berries, mango or pineapple, stone fruits like peaches, cherries or plums, apples and pears are great too, and you can even use oranges, avocado, and grapes.
- You can make green smoothies with water, milk, coconut water, almond, soy or coconut milk, and even juice. However, juice has added sugar, so keep that in mind when choosing.
This post originally appeared here on Mar 6, 2017.