green smoothies 101

I’m totally on the green smoothie/juice bandwagon. But there’s a secret to making a great green smoothie.

green smoothie

Green smoothies are super tasty if you know the secret. Actually, it isn’t really a secret at all– it’s all about ratios and adding plenty of fruit. Just green veggies in your blender will taste something like salad soup, so you need to add something sweet or citrusy to balance it.

Here’s the basic equation: 1 green + 2 fruits + yogurt, juice, almond milk, or water = yummy green smoothie

Spinach, Kale, Romaine or Boston lettuce are good greens to start with. Almost any fruits or berries can be added next. If you’re feeling brave add veggies like cucumbers, carrots, or celery. I usually prefer orange juice to dairy for the last ingredient, I’ve also seen cold green tea as an alternative.

Here are a few of my fave combinations:

2 cups spinach + 1 kiwi (peeled) + 1 banana + 1 cup orange juice = sweet and tropical

2 cups spinach + 1/2 cucumber + 2 celery stalks + 1/2 an apple (peeled) + 1 cup orange juice = sweet with grassy notes

1 banana + 1/2 an avocado + 1 cup plain yogurt + 1/2 cup OJ + honey to taste = sweet and creamy

Pro tip: It helps to cut up the fruits or veggies before adding them to the blender, blend on high for about a minute. Adding a few ice cubes at the end makes it nice and cold and I think it helps grind up any leftover leafy bits. If it’s still not sweet enough for your taste, add a little honey or agave nectar.

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