If you have yet to begin your Green Smoothie journey in life, now is the perfect time.
When you make them right, they can and will change your life. I’m a firm believer that if people aren’t a fan of green smoothies, they’re just not making them right. Either they make weird blended cucumber drinks with some lime, or thick smoothies with full fat milk and barely any veggies, only to hate the results.
So. It’s time we go through the basics of the perfect green smoothie. Here you’ll have a fool proof guide to the life changing smoothie, as well as three recipes (one doubles as a drink).
There are certain elements needed for the perfect green smoothie. It needs to contain a variety of nutrients as well as fiber, be filling and hydrating at the same time, and have a healthy amount of calories.
Obviously there are endless ways of making green smoothies, but there is a very simple template to make the perfect smoothie every time.
The base of your smoothie should always be alkaline greens, making up around 60-80% of your smoothie. The best way is to start with mild flavors like spinach, celery, kale, cucumber, and other leafy greens.
The point is to choose the greens where you’ll need a large volume to get enough nutrients, which is kind of the main point of these smoothies.
Liquid of Choice
For the liquid part of your smoothie, it all depends on how filling you want it to be.
Water and coconut water are great for when you just want a light smoothie, while plant based milks are great for when you need a more filling one to last you to the next meal.
For plant based milks I recommend oat milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk or cashew milk.
Fruit For Energy
Fruits are much more nutrient dense, and should make up around 10-30% of your smoothie.
You can’t really fuck this part up, since the flavor of the fruit will usually cover up the mild base anyway. The most popular choices are apples, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, or citrus fruits and berries.
Avocados are also great for those who want more fats and less sugar.
The last 10% should contain the most nutrient dense stuff you can think of.
Seeds like chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower, nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts or brazil nuts, and herbs, roots and cacao.
You can even add some powders like spirulina and other algae.
3 Simple Green Smoothie Recipes
#1 Iced Tropical Green Smoothie
Fill your blender with fresh spinach leaves and coconut milk, add frozen mango, a banana and ½ cup of fresh orange juice.
#2 Mojito Smoothie (Alcohol is optional)
Fill your blender with fresh spinach leaves, orange slices and a banana. Add coconut water, squeeze in some lime and lemon juice.
If you want to go all the way, you can also add some rum. We won’t judge you.
#3 Pomegranate Kale Smoothie (personal fave)
Fill your blender with pure pomegranate juice and two bananas, add a shit ton of kale.
Note: The color will look disgusting, but just trust me on this.
Then as a final touch, add spirulina powder, a tbsp of chia seeds, and acai powder.
This will change your life.