Raw green leafy vegetables are sooo good for us! But how can you get them into your diet without all that chewing on salads? By drinking them! Blend them into a delicious smoothie with fruit and you won’t even taste them. No added oils like salads. Easy to make. Easy to digest. Full of valuable nutrients and fiber. Delicious! You will be surprised that even kids will love them.
2 cups water, 2 cups greens, 2-3 cups fruit
Get creative with any combo you like.
If it tastes too green, just add more fruit until you like it.
A good one to start with:
2 cups water,
1 cup strawberries,
2 bananas (can be frozen),
handful of baby spinach
Throw it all into a blender and blend until smooth.
Some of Our Favorites:
Mangolicious (my current fav!)
2 cups water (or coconut water- I prefer fresh young thai coconuts), 2 handfuls of spinach leaves , 2 cups mango, 2 bananas (Pineapple is good in this too!)
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, 1 cup water, 2-3 romaine leaves, 2 cups peaches
2 cups water, 2-3 kale leaves (no stems), 1 apple or pear, 1-2 cups mixed berries
2 cups water, 3 bananas, handful of spinach
1 cup water, ½ cup raspberries, 1 pear, 2 bananas, handful of kale
4 apples, ½ lemon juice, handful of kale, 2 cups water
6 peaches, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2 cups water
I could go on and on- the possibilities are endless. Experiment and find your favorite!
Pour them into popsicle molds for frozen treats!
Green Smoothie Tips:
Don’t try to be brave and go too green at first.
If you don’t like it, you won’t drink it and then you are not helping yourself at all.
Add more fruit until you like it. With time you will want more greens. Promise!
Milder greens tend to be spinach, romaine and chard so start there. Kale is the powerhouse though!
Rotate your greens every few days and keep trying different ones.
Harder stems, like the ones on chard or kale tend to be bitter so just use the leaf part.
With a regular blender, blend greens with water first until not so leafy-then add in the fruit.
Organic is always best. Try to at least use organic greens and if your fruit is not organic, keep to the ones with the thicker peels that get removed.
Frozen fruit is fine. I tend to keep peeled chopped bananas in the freezer and use as ice or to thicken.
Bananas or mango make it creamy and keep it from separating.
Apples, Pears or Grapes make it sweeter.
Also to sweeten you can add dates, figs or stevia to taste.
Keep it simple- not too many combos at once
You will eventually want less sweetness or even no sweetness.
Best way to store is in mason jars with lids filled to top. Will last 2-3 days in fridge so travels well.
You might want to drink it in a non-see-through cup at first if the green color bothers you or others.
Some kids will think the green is cool, especially if they help you make it.
Start your day with a green smoothie and not only will you have more energy but you will find that you will start craving more fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Give your children an advantage in school by boosting brain power and energy with smoothies for breakfast. Their teachers will thank you!
You can always tell someone who drinks green smoothies regularly because their skin glows. It’s true!
For the source of Green Smoothie information, check out Victoria Boutenko’s books.
The one that started it all: Green for Life,
and the follow up: Green Smoothie Revolution.
Victoria pioneered the whole Green Smoothie Revolution and has all the reasons why to drink them and many more recipes including the savory smoothies and soups in her books.
Or check out the website of The Raw Family