Sunday, April 22, 2012

HOW TO: Green Smoothies

I'm a green smoothie kinda gal. I've eaten them for a while but especially within the last few weeks I've been kind of obsessed with trying new smoothie combinations. I thought I'd share some wisdom that I've learned along the way.

One big trick I learned was from my healthy food go-to lady, Rachel. She said for every smoothie you really is a blender & a couple general ingredients. With those ingredients you can mix & match making any kind of smoothie you'd like:

1) A liquid:
like Almond milk, soy milk, regular milk, juice, water, or coconut water/milk.

2) A veggie:
I prefer greens (hence green smoothie) like spinach, kale, beet greens, or shake it up with something like carrots, celery, beats, or pumpkin.

3) A fruit:
I love & have, for a long time, used exclusively mango (it keeps that nice vibrant green color) but I've expanded out my fruits & have loved every one I've tried. I also tend to buy fresh then freeze my fruits so that I don't need to add ice to make it cold but occasionally I'll cut up my own fresh fruit in which case add ice!

4) Something for smoothness:
I tend to use bananas for this (I need the potassium too) but I've tried Greek yogurt or an avocado.

Also a key ingredient that has really helped my smoothies is zest! Lemon, lime, or orange (I prefer lemon) I zest a whole lemon and keep in the freezer, take out a pinch full, & throw it in with everything else. It just adds a little "perkiness" to the smoothie too.

Other fun ingredients I like to add:
flaxseed(omega-3 & tons of fiber)
chia seeds(high in protein, omega-3, &omega-6 fatty acids)
oats (keeps you full for longer)
peanut butter (natural energy boost)
unsweetened coconut (tasty!)

Other handy tips:
- I always add the liquid & the veggie to the blender first and REALLY blend them up well (like a 30 seconds to a minute on high) or it can get "chunky".
- You really need to clean your blender RIGHT after you make the smoothie. Just add hot water & a drop of liquid detergent. Then blend & rinse. If you leave it, you'll pay the price with TONS of scrubbing.
-Give them to your kids! At first I thought Syd & Rob would be against drinking something that looked like green slime. I think I may have hid it in an opaque cup the first time. Now they love them!
- A good blender is going to make your life so much easier. Most of my "hardcore" smoothie friends have a Blendtecor a Vitamix.

Here are a couple my favorites that I've tried lately!
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment & I'll message you back as well as comment back here.

If you are a smoothie fan, share your favorite smoothie recipe!

P.S. And if you're interested here are a couple green smoothie books I've loved: Green Smoothie Revolution& The Green Smoothie Bible .Also have to mention this is a fabulous read on planted-based health: Forks Over Knives


Smithy said...

i really want to get into green smoothies but am too lazy most mornings. you've made me want to try again!

Em and Russ said...

I'm with with Smithy! I'm too lazy, and I have a horrible blender.

Katie said...

I think I am gonna have to try number 6. That one looks so yummy to me.

Monica @ All Things Lovely said...

Awesome! Thanks, but question...for the 6 favorites you pictured are those literally all the ingredients you put in? or did you add other ingredients to it?? Like the peanut butter, banana spinach one did you use any sort of liquid??

Olivia Carter said...

Monica- No, that's not all that's in the smoothie. Every single one has a liquid as a base. Juice has too much sugar for me right now & I'm not eating dairy right now either so I usually do almond milk. I'm pretty sure most of these were with Coconut water or Almond milk. But you can seriously use anything you want!

Michelle said...

Just found these wonderful recipes and I wanted to say thanks for having so many tips ! My son loved our morning smoothie and we are heading to Costco to buy our spinach! Happy New Year!