This basic green smoothie is very versatile and can be adapted to your tastes. It is a fantastic way to not only get your greens and fiber, but to add in some serious protein and super foods! The base of the green smoothie is always about two cups of greens, such as spinach, chard, kale, or spring mix, as well as 2-3 cups of water, ice, and non-dairy milk. It can be sweetened with fruit, stevia, dates, agave, or any unprocessed liquid sweetener. Optionally, you can add in raw, plant-based protein powder and super-food powders, such as turmeric, goji berry, mesquite powder, sprouted flaxseed, a super-green formula, matcha, and spirulina. If you track your nutrients, you will see most of them fulfilled in this one meal. After some tweaking to your taste, these green smoothies can be quite delicious!
Green Smoothie Tips
I drink a green smoothie nearly every morning for breakfast. I drink the entire five to six cups in one sitting, so with the protein powder and fiber, I’m rarely hungry until after noon. If that’s too much for you, you can drink a portion of it and save the rest in the refrigerator for lunch, dinner, or breakfast the next morning. It will keep about 48 hours, but be sure and shake it up before drinking; it tends to separate.
If you decide to drink green smoothies everyday or several times a week, I have a great tip for you. As you probably already know, greens tend to go bad very quickly and start to get sludgy and gross. We buy a large box of prewashed, organic greens. Then we save out what we don’t use for salads. After that, we portion out a few handfuls in several quart-size baggies, squeezing out all the air before sealing. Lastly, we toss them in the freezer to keep them from going bad. Now, when you begin putting items in your blender in the morning, keep the greens frozen until you are ready for them. They thaw quickly and become sludgy if you let them sit out.
Basic Green SmoothieCourse: BreakfastCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
This basic green smoothie is very versatile and can be adapted to your tastes. It is a fantastic way to not only get your greens and fiber, but to add in some serious protein and super foods! If you track your nutrients, you will see most of them fulfilled in this one meal. After some tweaking to your taste, these green smoothies can be quite delicious!
2 cups of your favorite organic greens (try to use at least two different kinds; I use spinach, spring mix, chard, or kale)
1-2 cups filtered water and/or ice
1 cup almond milk (or your non-dairy milk of choice or simply add more water)
1 cup of your favorite frozen fruit (I use strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries)
1 ripe banana (can be frozen, but peel and chop before freezing)
Optional: 10 drops of liquid stevia (or 2 Medjool dates or any kind of unrefined liquid sweetener)
Optional: 1 scoop of raw, vegan protein powder
- Put everything but the fruit into a blender, with the greens put in last.
- Blend until the greens are liquefied.
- Place the banana and frozen fruit into the blender.
- Blend again into a thick liquid texture.
- Drink it all or save half for later in the refrigerator.
- If you used protein powder, you may not be hungry until lunch time.
- To prevent spoilage, you can freeze portions of the greens in quart-size baggies. Be sure and put them into the blender when you are ready for them, though, because they thaw quickly and become sludgy.