A green smoothie is one of the healthy fruit smoothies you should definitely include in your rotation. You can make great smoothies with green ingredients that still taste sweet and fruity, even!
You know salad and greens are essential for your health, but that doesn't necessarily mean you enjoy eating them all day every day!
One of my favorite ways to get my greens in when I don't feel like having a spinach salad for lunch is to make a vegetable smoothie. Even though most smoothies made with dark leafy greens will have a green color, they don't have to have a green flavor at all! Here are some tips.
Health Benefits of Green Smoothies
Dark leafy greens are some of the most nutrient-rich plants out there, but most people don't get nearly enough in their weekly diets. The recommended amount from the FDA is three whole cups of greens a week! Why? Because they're packed with Everyday Minerals, tons of nutrients, including Vitamin K, which you can't get very many other places. They also contain calcium, iron, B vitamins, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, among many others. More on vitamins you can read in Facts about Vitamins.
They even have a bit of Omega-3 fatty acids in them, so they're pretty much a power food! Besides this chlorophyll, which gives greens their color, has been shown to prevent certain forms of cancer.
Using Greens in Smoothies
There's really an art to making a green smoothie. With other types of healthy fruit smoothies, you just throw in some fruit, juice or milk, and ice, and it tastes great. Balance is key with smoothies that include greens, though.
Start with just a little greens in the mix, and work your way up. Eventually, they won't taste as strong to you, so you'll be able to make a smoothie that's mostly green with just a few fruits added in for flavor. Start making your own healthy smoothies today and read How to Make a Smoothie?
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Recipes for Green Smoothies
These recipes for smoothies that include dark leafy greens are a great way to get your kids to eat spinach, kale, and other greens. Especially when they won't touch them as a salad or side dish!
Green Slime Smoothie
It looks like green slime, but it doesn't taste like it! Strawberries hide the taste of spinach in this smoothie very well!
- 2 c. spinach
- 2 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 2 T. honey
- ½ c. ice
Directions: Blend all ingredients in your blender, like Magic Bullet Juicer Blender, until smooth.
This smoothie uses kale, one of the best dark leafy greens out there.
- 1 banana, frozen and sliced
- 2 c. chopped kale
- 1 T. flax seed meal
- 1 T. coconut oil
- ¼ c. milk
- 1/3 c. orange juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth and creamy.
Light Green Smoothie
This smoothie gets its green from cucumber and broccoli instead of dark leafy greens, but it's still totally healthy.
- 3 c. honeydew melon
- 3 c. ice cubes
- 1 c. green grapes
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- ½ c. broccoli florets
- 1 sprig fresh mint
Directions: Add all ingredients to blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Each green smoothie on this list can be made a little less green for beginners by adding more fruit or juice. Packing more greens in makes them even better for you!
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