The Almighty Green Smoothie

Even kids can love green smoothies!!

Smoothies are a delicious way to start your day. Yes, you can even have greens for breakfast!

I remember thinking how bizarre it was to basically make a milkshake with spinach… but the health benefits intrigued me to try. Once I did, I was sold. And I’ve found that I feel better when I eat and/or drink something green to start off my day.

This is just one recipe for a green smoothie, the internet is loaded with them, so if these ingredients don’t appeal to you, you can easily find a recipe that does. 

Soon you won’t need a recipe at all but can whip up a green smoothie using whatever ingredients you have on hand.  I’m pretty sure that I’ve ever made the same smoothie twice! 

Spring Green Smoothie

1 large handful frozen or fresh mango pieces

1 cup coconut water, milk, or fresh orange juice (I usually just use water)

1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseeds

1 teaspoon spirulina

4 drops liquid stevia extract or 1 spoonful raw honey (to sweeten)

2 big handfuls baby spinach (or any green of your choice)

1 celery stalk

Put Mango and liquids in a blender.  Add more water if needed until the ingredients are covered.  Blend well. 

Add the flaxseeds, spirulina, and sweetener—plus any other superfoods that you like. 

Add the greens and celery and continue to blend until smooth.

Spinach is a favorite in green smoothies but definitely not the only option.

Green Smoothie 101

Making green smoothies can be easy and fun to make. I remember being intimidated at first by all the different variations and recipes, wanting to make sure “I did it right.”

So let me tell you that there’s no wrong way to make a green smoothie, although, admittedly, some end up tasting a lot better than others. (Mustard greens are not a green to include in your smoothies, by the way; in case you were curious. Haha!) Just start experimenting and you’ll find combos you and your family love.

Here’s an equation to use as a general rule of thumb:  

50% vegetables + 25% fruits + 2 cups of liquid

Blend fruit and liquid first, and then add the greens to ensure they are properly blended. If you want to make a bigger batch, add more liquid.

So many options…

Add half a banana, some frozen mango, a quarter of an avocado, half of a cooked sweet potato or a large dollop of yogurt for a creamier smoothie.  (If you don’t have these ingredients, no worries, your smoothie will be more of a juice, which is great too!)

Add more fruits for a sweeter smoothie. Apple, berries, banana, or mango are good options although don’t limit yourself to just those. 

For an extra kick, add some pineapple, turmeric, ginger, lemon or lime.

Experiment with different greens to find a combination you like: Arugula, chard, cilantro, cucumbers, kale, mint, parsley, romaine lettuce, sprouts, micro greens, wheatgrass, wild greens such as dandelion, plantain, or dock.

Adding “Superfoods”

You could also add some high-energy extras to your smoothies to pack in more nutritional power.  These “superfoods” can help you get vitamins, minerals and healthy fats into your diet very easily! 

Superfoods to try: brown rice protein powder, spirulina, cacao powder, carob powder, maca powder, goji berries, chia seeds, coconut oil.  (Many if not all can be purchased locally at the Chalet on Main Street or ordered online.)

Got some extra smoothie left over?  Make homemade popsicles for the hot afternoons!

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