Eating Your Veggies is Easy with Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are all the rage nowadays. I remember peering skeptically at my first one-- how could a green drink actually taste good? It just doesn't look as appetizing as a nice bright pink drink.

But, what I was forgetting is that you can throw in lots of yummy white foods to sweeten the green ones, and it still qualifies. Pears, bananas, and apples are all sweet and help give your smoothie body and flavor.

I make a version of this vegan green smoothie almost every day-- I use whatever frozen fruit I have, a banana, spirulina, spinach or kale, flax seeds, chia seeds, wheat germ, and either almond milk, ice, or real fruit juice.

Green smoothies are full of fiber, and because all the veggies are smashed up already, your body has no trouble absorbing them! All those great vitamins and minerals go right into your body. Forget what vitamins come from which fruits and vegetables?

Have you heard of Kris Carr and Her Crazy Sexy Diet? Her story is truly amazing-- she was diagnosed with cancer and then decided she was going to change her life and diet, and she cured it. She made green juices and smoothies famous and crazy, sexy cool.

Once you get the hang of how to make a green smoothie, you can make the recipe up on your own.

Learn to Make Your Own Smoothies

First, select any of these greens...

  • kale (tons of calcium)
  • lettuce
  • celery
  • watercress
  • escarole
  • mustard greens
  • turnip greens
  • carrot tops
  • broccoli
  • asparagus
  • cabbage
  • dandelion greens
  • Brussels sprouts
  • collard greens
  • kohlrabi

Then add a combination of fruits...

  • apples
  • pears
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • kiwi
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • watermelon
  • cucumber

Then blend with a watery vegetable, a little juice, ice, nondairy milk, or water.

I could go on and on. There's really nothing that can't be added into a green smoothie, and you don't need to follow a recipe for it to be delicious and packed with plant nutrition.

One thing that's really helpful is to have a great blender. I love my VitaMix because it pulverizes everything within 15 seconds, but if you can find one that will crush ice, you will be fine.

Sample Green Smoothie Recipe:

Ingredients:

2-3 fruits
1-2 watery vegetables like cucumber, celery, or squash
1 large bunch of greens

Directions:

Blend fruits first, then add watery vegetables and then greens. You can add ice if you have a great mixer, or some cold water to thin the smoothie.

Serves 2-3.

Orange, Carrot, Banana and Spinach

Ingredients:

1-2 carrots
1 orange
1 ripe banana
1 c. spinach or swiss chard
1/3 c. ice

Directions:

Blend orange and banana, then add carrots and ice. This won't come out completely green, but it's so sweet and smooth that it's a great place to start.

Serves 2.

Mango and Parsley Juice

2 mangoes
1 bunch parsley
1/3 c. ice

Directions:

Blend mangoes, then add parsley and ice.

Serves 2.

Blue and Green Juice

Ingredients:

2 pears
2 mangoes
1 c. blueberries
1 c. greens
1/3 c. ice

Directions:

Blend pears and mangoes, then add blueberries, greens, and ice. In the VitaMix, just add everything together at once and blend!

Serves 2-3.

Pear, Raspberry, and Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

3 pears
1/2 c. raspberries
5 leaves of kale
1/3 c. ice

Directions:

Blend pears and raspberries, then add kale and ice. In the VitaMix, just add everything together at once and blend!

Serves 2-3.



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