Green Smoothies 101

Green smoothies might remind you of swamp water, algae, or other green, soupy liquid, but in actuality, they’re delicious, nutritious, and a great way to start your day. Green smoothies aren’t a new concept–simply search #greensmoothie on Instagram and you’ll easily pull up more than 1.2 million posts. That said, green smoothies can turn out terrific, reminiscent of a virgin piña colada, or they can taste like the aforementioned swampy green soup. Here’s how to do it right:

The Classic Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries
  • Almond milk
  • Almond butter
  • Spinach or kale leaves
  • Protein powder of choice
  1. Place 1 cup spinach or kale leaves, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of mixed berries, 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I prefer Tera’s Whey), and 1 tbsp almond butter in blender (in listed order to ensure the green leafy vegetables are thoroughly blended!) Add 1 cup almond milk. Blend.
  2. Enjoy!

Tropical Coconut Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Pineapple
  • Shredded coconut
  • Almond milk
  • Vanilla protein powder of choice
  • Coconut butter or coconut manna
  • Spinach
  1. Place 1 cup pineapple, 1 cup spinach, 1 tbsp coconut butter or coconut manna, and vanilla protein powder in blender.
  2. Blend and pour into glass. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of shredded coconut on top and serve cold.

Creamy Chocolate Dream Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Almond milk
  • Chocolate protein powder of choice
  • Ice

Place 1 banana, 1/2 avocado, and chocolate protein powder in blender. Add 1 cup almond milk and blend. You may wish to add ice to make the smoothie colder. Enjoy!

While the use of banana, pineapple, or other sweet fruits ensures that any potentially bitter kale greens can turn your sweet smoothie into more of a savory meal, feel free to use whatever fruits and vegetables you have on hand. A good rule of thumb is to use 1 serving of fruit (1 banana, 1 pear, 1 mango, 1 cup of pineapple) to 2-3 cups of leafy greens (spinach, Swiss chard, kale, arugula, dandelion greens). Further additions can be added to best complement your nutritional needs. For example, combine a few of the following items to create your perfect blend.

The only rule? Add something green to your smoothie!

Carbohydrates

banana

mango

pineapple

peach

apple

pear

berries

melon

canned or fresh pumpkin

Fats

almond butter

peanut butter

flaxseed

coconut milk

nuts

avocado

Protein

whey protein

brown rice protein

pea protein

yogurt

hemp seeds

Superfoods and Spices

ginger

turmeric

cayenne

Reishi powder

Spirulina

chlorella

goji berries

cacao nibs

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