The Perfect Green Smoothie! Learn the 5 Green smoothie tips you need to know to make the perfect smoothie!
Yes, I’m back with another smoothie recipe you guys. This is real life. These are all I have been making this week. Plus, my kids went back to school on Monday so it’s been one of those get back into our weekly routines, do all the laundry, clean the house weeks.
I also got a brand new refrigerator this week!!! I am so happy!!! If you know me, you know I am not organized when it comes to my fridge. It’s a mess. I blame it on all the food that I am cooking. And ingredients that I need. And the leftovers. Because of this, I rationalized that I need to keep our old fridge. . along with my other old fridge in the garage. So, now I have 3 refrigerators and a bonus freezer in the basement.
Anyone else crazy like me? I am determined to keep the one in my kitchen clean and organized. And I think this little set-up will work perfectly.
On Sunday, I went to Costco and stocked up (I mean stocked up! like massively) on fresh fruits, frozen fruits and veggies and everything I would need for these smoothies and for the week.
So, my new fridge is now stocked with fruits, veggies, and all the basics. I’m on Day 6 and I am obsessed. With smoothies. . and with this book.
You might be thinking how many possible combinations of fruits and veggies for smoothies are there???
There are a TON!!! and they are delicious!
And when you get bored of sipping on smoothies, make a smoothie bowl!
So, buy the book and join me!!! It’s not too late! Or, enter my giveaway for a chance to WIN the book!
Here are some tips from the authors on the art of making smoothies! 5 Green smoothie tips to get you started:
1. Follow the 60/40 formula.
Follow this simple formula: 60% fruits to 40% leafy greens. And now, I prefer water versus almond milk. Try a variation of a bunch of different fruits and vegetables and see what you like. And don’t just use spinach and kale. Try swiss chard, collard greens, green cabbage and basil!
2. If you have time, blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks.
Rather than throw everything in at once, to get a “smoother” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then, add your remaining fruits and blend again. You don’t have to do this with every smoothie, but you’ll figure it out as you go and by your 10th green smoothie, you’ll be a pro.
3. Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits.
Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas (peel first), grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these!).
4. Use raw natural sweeteners.
No need to add honey or agave. Add naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.”
5. Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food.
My husband leaves super early in the morning so I have been making smoothies for him the night before and store them in the fridge so he can have one in the morning before he leaves for work. You can store your smoothies with an airtight lid for up to two days in the fridge. Mix it up first and enjoy!
The Perfect Green Smoothie
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 2 bananas
- Topping: pomegranate arils
- Blend the spinach and water until smooth. Add the mango, pineapple and bananas and blend again. Top with pomegranate arils if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe from Simple Green Smoothies book