Green Smoothie Recipe
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:
Don't overcomplicate things! Use five ingredients.
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)
- Romaine Lettuce
- Bok Choy
Liquid Base (appox 2 cups)
- 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.
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:
- Chia seeds (only if consuming straightaway, otherwise they will thicken and make the smoothie gluggy)
- Maca Powder
- Lucuma Powder
- Green powder (I like the super green mix which has Barley Grass, Wheat Grass, Chlorella and Spirulina)
- Bee pollen
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Butter
- Flax Seeds
- Cacao powder
- Acai Powder
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.