Green smoothies seem to be popping up everywhere- the news, celebrity magazines, the latest diet books, etc. But what exactly is a green smoothie and why does everyone keep talking about them? Smoothies are a delicious snack and a great way to add nutrients into your diet. The basic smoothie is usually made up of fruit, liquid and ice. The green smoothie adds even more nutrients by introducing leafy greens into the traditional smoothie recipe. Green smoothies are packed with the vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals that help protect our bodies.
Green smoothies are great for the “on the go” breakfast or even for an afternoon snack.
- Liquid base, such as, water or coconut water, almond or soy milk, or Greek or low-fat yogurt
- Leafy greens, such as, spinach, spring greens, romaine, butterhead lettuce, kale, Swiss chard or collard greens
- Fresh or frozen fruit
Keep the following tips in mind when creating your own smoothies:
- Blend the liquids with the leafy greens first. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the blender.
- Add a banana, apple or pear to add sweetness and break up the bitter taste of the leafy green flavor.
- Add a banana or avocado to create a smooth, creamy texture.
- Add frozen fruit to make your green smoothie extra cold for a hot summer day.
- Add a handful of nuts, seeds or Goji berries to pack in some essential fatty acids.
- Green smoothies can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Remember to store in an airtight container to limit oxidation, which breaks down nutrients and can change smoothie color.
Simple Green Smoothie
- 2 medium bananas
- ½ cup frozen peaches
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 2 cups spinach
- 1-2 cups cold water
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Lets all go Green this weekend,
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov
- MyPlate.gov: www.myplate.gov