I’m not sure exactly what took me so long to jump on the green smoothie bandwagon. But I’m on it now! lol I try to make one big green smoothie each morning, and usually I save half of it for a late afternoon pick me up.
What is a green smoothie? For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s a smoothie that includes fresh greens, which could be anything from spinach to chart, beet greens, kale, etc. If you make it with some fruit, you hardly even know the veggies are in there. Just the way I like it!
It’s not that I never eat veggies, it’s just that I always have to, um, force myself. I often buy them and they go bad before I get a chance to eat them. The smoothies make it so easy and painless to get veggies in! And I find myself going through my greens very quickly.
There are a few advantages to doing green smoothies instead of juicing. First of all, you use the entire vegetable so you get all the nutrients plus the fiber. It’s also much easier to clean up. My awesome Blendtec blender is so easy to clean, you just put a drop of dish soap in it, blend for 10 seconds, and rinse. The juicer has all that messy pulp and a lot of parts.
To make a green smoothie, you start with a base fruit that doesn’t have too much water in it, like banana, apple, pear, or peach. Then you can add some other fruits like berries, grapes (you can even use seeded grapes if you have a good blender like the Blendtec – then you get the grapeseed extract benefits as well!), etc. On top of that just throw in a couple cups of greens and some ice. I like to add in fish oil (I use this awesome Omega Cure liquid fish oil which has zero fishy taste), protein powder, and flax seeds as well.