Ok, it was only until last year that I started incorporating green smoothies into my daily diet. I usually sip on the green stuff in the afternoon, rather than reaching for something else. I also find that I'm eating a smaller lunch, because the thing fills me up so much! Also, I COMPLETELY understand if you're thinking "green smoothies look hideous, they must taste gross". Wrong, my friend. I thought the same thing. But they taste delicious, I've even managed to convince my boyfriend to have them, and he agrees!

So, what do you put in a green smoothie? They can be basic, intermediate, or advanced. Start off with basic recipes if you're a newbie, and step up a level when you feel confident. Here's a couple of recipes that I suggest:

Basic:
Don't overcomplicate things! Use five ingredients.

 

You can't go wrong if you follow this rule:

 

Leafy greens + fruit + liquid


Start adding superfoods and additions when you want.

The following measurements will make approximately 2 serves of a very large smoothie.

Leafy Greens (approx 2 cups)

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Bok Choy
  • Silverbeet

Liquid Base (appox 2 cups)

  • Water
  • Coconut Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk

Ripe Fruit (approx 3 cups)
Hint - freezing fruit is a great idea! I love freezing bananas (skin off), and popping them in for an extra chill delight.

  • Banana
  • Mango
  • Berries
  • Orange
  • Avocado
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi

Mix and match your ingredients, following the measurements, and blend together. Serve straightaway, or pop it in the fridge until you're ready to down it. 

Still not sure what's a good combo? Here is what I suggest:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 frozen banana
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • tablespoon of lemon juice

Remember, if you're only making this for yourself (you greedy thing, you!), halve the ingredients.

Start playing around with combos and adding in some superfoods. As a self proclaimed smoothie pro, my elaborate concoction now takes about 20 minutes from go to wow, and contains so many different ingredients it's ridic. But I love it so don't judge. 

Superfoods to add:

Ok, this should give you a good idea on what you need to make a smoothie. Give it a go! Keep it simple to start off with, then work your way up to pro status.

Much love,
Kaitlyn.