If you are looking for a new way to incorporate more greens into your daily diet, finding a smoothie recipe that you love may be the answer.
We love smoothies for breakfast, on the go, and, well, just about anytime! You can find countless recipes to try online, but the best part of green smoothies is that you can make them to your individual taste. With a little experimentation, you can find a drink that gives you the nutrients you are needing and the flavors you are craving.
Let’s break down what can go into a green smoothie and how to find your dream green drink!
Try 10-16 oz.
Start with less and add more as you blend to your desired consistency.
Every smoothie starts with a liquid base to give it a delicious smooth texture and help it to blend well.
There are many different bases you can choose.
Our favorite dairy free milk options are almond milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk. These will all help making the texture of your smoothie creamier.
If you prefer a more ice-y texture, try using water or coconut water.
You can also use fruit juices, but be aware that this will add extra sugar. If you choose to use a fruit juice, look for a juice that says it is 100% juice without any unnatural sugars or additives and consider diluting it with water, or juicing your own.
Once you have decided on your base, you are ready to move on to step 2!
A handful or two!
Spinach is the most common green used in green smoothies but there are lots of other alternatives.
Different greens have differing levels of flavor potency. You will find some are more bitter, while others are more sweet.
A few favorites that you can try, in addition to spinach, are kale, beet greens, arugula, collard, and swiss chard.
If you are experimenting with a new green, start with a small handful and blend for a bit so you can taste before adding more.
When adding greens, you don’t have to be precise in measurement. Try for a handful or two based upon what your pallet likes.
Around a cup.
This doesn’t have to be precise, just be careful to not go overboard in sweetness.
Choosing the fruit(s), you want to add to your green smoothie can be a fun way to play with flavor combinations.
Bananas are a great source of potassium and add natural sweetness to your drink.
Berries are high in antioxidants and match well with greens.
Cherries pack a punch of nutritional benefits, from fighting disease to delivering iron, potassium, magnesium, and so much more.
If you like acid, adding some orange or a squeeze of lemon will balance the flavors and give you that extra zing.
Apples, peaches, and mango are also great fruits to add.
Don’t be scared to get creative and try out different fruit combinations. You can make smaller portions when you are testing flavors to avoid food waste.
You also have the choice of using fresh fruit versus frozen. Fresh may bring more flavor, but many people prefer frozen fruits for the ease of having them already chopped up and the added texture it adds to the smoothie.
For bulk items like nuts, add a small handful.
For liquid items, like MCT oil, or butters, start out with a tablespoon.
For cinnamon and spices, try just a dash.
Remember, you can add more of anything if you decide it isn’t enough!
Adding a few extras is a great way to bring in a nutrient that is lacking from your diet and difficult to get.
If you are looking for more protein, consider adding a mixture of nuts and seeds like almonds, pepitas, sunflower kernels, and cashews.
If fiber is what you are needing, a tablespoon of ground up flax or some oats are great additives to your daily drink.
You can also add a bit of nut butter, cocoa powder, honey, or even a spice you enjoy, such as cinnamon to create a flavor profile that you love.
The options are limitless!
Once you have everything in, let your blender do its magic.
Let it blend for a minute or so, perhaps going longer than you would normally so that it has time to blend everything up into that nice smooth consistency.
Sample after blending and feel free to add extra ingredients to make it perfect.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up and get creative.
Hope that you have a blast trying out different flavors and creating your signature green drink!