Written by: Jenna Barrington
Have you joined the green smoothie movement and tried adding handfuls of supposedly delicious and nutritious healthy greens to your morning smoothies, only to find that the majority of them have to be chugged down like a glass of swamp water?
It can be discouraging, to say the least. You hop on the train of good health, chug through some less-than-tasty green sludge every morning and then wake up a week later and say “no more” as you reach for the coffee and store-bought fruit juice cocktail.
Have you gone through this trainwreck of a scenario?
Don’t worry, friend – I’ve got your back. And I’m here to hand you another ticket for the train to good health, but this time with a little advice and an awesome recipe.
#1 Start with mild tasting greens like spinach. After a few days, mix in a little chard, red cabbage, or mixed greens. When you’re feeling brave, add in some kale, dandelion greens or other bitter greens. Your taste buds change very quickly and soon you will enjoy most types of greens just fine.
#2 When you’re first starting to make green smoothies, aim for a 50/50 ratio between fruit/other ingredients. As time continues, you can start adding more greens and superfoods and less fruit, eventually aiming for an 80/20 fruit/greens and other ingredients ratio.
#3 Put leafy greens at the bottom of the blender and the frozen fruit on top. This will help the greens get blended more smoothly. If that doesn’t do the trick, try blending only the greens in some water for 30 seconds before adding the rest of the ingredients.
#4 Include something creamy like banana or avocado (or both). If you don’t like bananas, then peaches or pears can also do the trick.
#5 Add natural sweeteners if you still aren’t enjoying the taste. Some great options include: raw honey, pure maple syrup, stevia, pitted dates, dried mulberries or goji berries.
5 Reasons Why Green Smoothies Are Worth It
#1 Energy Booster. Green smoothies are packed with micronutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs for fuel and energy. A good green smoothie will give you the perfect and lasting energy boost to wake you up in the morning or help you get through a long work day.
#2 Immune Booster. Rich in antioxidants, live enzymes and other healing properties, the whole foods you throw into your green smoothies are like gold to your immune system. A lot of people find that they get sick less often when they include green smoothies in their diet.
#3 Weight Management. The fiber in green smoothies helps digestion to move along smoothly, as well as cleanse and detoxify your system. Green smoothies also make an excellent replacement for more sugary, processed drinks that might otherwise be in your fridge.
#4 Fast And Easy. Once you get the hang of it, a green smoothie only takes 5 minutes to make. They are a perfect way to get a good amount of your daily greens and fruits down in one glass. You can even prepare ingredients ahead of time by combining them in plastic baggies and freezing or refrigerating them until you’re ready to blend them.
#5 Delicious And Refreshing. Green smoothies can taste absolutely amazing. Not to mention you won’t feel guilty after drinking them!
5 Of Our Favorite Green Smoothie Recipes To Get You Started:
Making green smoothies is an EXCELLENT habit to start TODAY! There’s not a lot of good health-promoting habits that are as easy as throwing together a green smoothie every day.
What health benefits have you noticed from drinking green smoothies? Have you come up with your own favorite combinations? Please share with us in the comments below!
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