Health & Wellness

5 Green Smoothies You Need To Try Today!

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I love having a smoothie for breakfast especially on a hot summer day! I get all the vitamins and nutrients I need in the morning and it’s something refreshing to keep me cool. A green smoothie implies there is something green in it! That something green should be a vegetable. In my opinion, leafy green vegetables are the best kind of vegetables to use in green smoothies. I also prefer to switch between spinach and kale (whole leaves or baby kale) and sometimes parsley or swiss chard, but use whatever green in these recipes that you prefer and enjoy! I like to enjoy other smoothies that don’t have greens in them that are still very healthy and jammed packed with goodness for you, but these are my tops in the green category.
 
Typically, I add supplements to these smoothies to increase the fiber or protein (or both) so they become meal replacements that keep me full while still restricting calories (go to the bottom of the post to see these), but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to. They are amazing all by themselves!

Green Pear
1 pear, cut into cubes
1 large handful of baby kale (about 1 cup lightly packed)
½ cup of liquid (I use ½ apple juice and ½ almond milk)
¼ cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
 
Blueberry Banana
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
½ cup blueberries
1 large handful of spinach (about 1 cup lightly packed)
½ cup of liquid (I use ½ apple juice and ½ almond milk)
1 TBSP natural peanut or almond butter
 
Parsley Root
½-¾ cup Almond Milk
½ frozen banana, cut into chunks
½ apple, cut into cubes/slices
1 large handful of spinach (about 1 cup lightly packed)
½ cup parsley, roughly chopped
1-inch piece of turmeric root, peeled (can substitute 1 tsp turmeric powder if the root is not available)
1-inch piece of ginger root, peeled
 
Strawberry Pineapple
½ cup strawberries
1 cup liquid ( I use ½ apple juice and ½ almond milk)
1 cup chopped kale (can remove stems for a less bitter taste)
½ cup pineapple, chopped
1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
 
Kiwi Blueberry
½ cup kiwi, peeled and chopped into large chunks
½ cup blueberries
1 large handful of kale or spinach (about 1 cup lightly packed)
¼ cup of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup of liquid (I use ½ apple juice and ½ almond milk)

 

Useful tips to help you get the most out of these smoothies:
 
  • If you notice any of these recipes leave you with a smoothie that is too thick for your taste, just add more liquid to thin it out. When I do this I just use filtered water, but if you want to use almond milk or a fruit juice that is ok, just be mindful of the calories.
 
  • I typically use frozen fruit (except apples and pears) which eliminates the need to add ice and have any fruit go bad on me during the week. If you are not using frozen fruit be sure to add about ½ cup of ice to these recipes—this will make your smoothie nice and cold and refreshing.
 
  • For the frozen bananas, make sure to peel them before you freeze them. This is important because you will have a very hard time peeling the banana once it is frozen. It is up to you if you want to freeze yours whole or cut them into chunks before freezing. I prefer to freeze my banana whole and break them into chunks when I go to make my smoothie—that way I know that I am using a whole or half banana the recipe calls for.
 
These recipes yield one serving, but I usually double these recipes so that I make enough for both me and my husband. I will triple the recipe when my boys want to enjoy a smoothie with us and then I just skip out on the supplements for the most part. The only thing I will add to their smoothies is flax seeds for the fiber to help keep them regular.
 
When making my smoothies as a meal replacement I always add supplements to ensure that I have enough calories, protein, and fiber to keep me full for the meal I am replacing. My favorite supplements are:
 
Flax Seeds (I usually add 2 TBSP)
Hemp Seeds (I usually add 2 TBSP)
Collagen Powder (I usually add 2 scoops)
Raw Eggs (yep raw eggs! I usually add 1 or 2)
Chia seeds (I usually add 1 TBSP)
 
*I do not add ALL of these supplements at one time to my smoothie—I will typically pick 1 or 2 supplements per smoothie depending upon how I am feeling*

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