Green smoothies are power-packed with mind-blowing amounts of nutrients! Blending fruits and veggies together is a fantastic way to get the nutrients our bodies need to be healthy, strong and energized, and it’s especially easy to get in a good amount of daily fruit and veggie servings.
After almost 10 years of making my own green smoothies, here are 9 tips I’m sharing today to help you make your own delicious green smoothies!
- Make it sweet! That might sound funny on a health blog, right? But there’s nothing wrong with eating sweet things – all in moderation. Whole fruit is a healthy source of natural sugar – so eat up and feel great! Add stevia, xylitol or dates to make your smoothie nice and sweet – all in a healthy way!
- Bananas, Oranges & Pineapple – it’s hard to go wrong using one or all of these in a smoothie. If you want to make your own recipes, start with one of these as your base.
- Overripe Bananas Will Cover Greens – if you have a hard time getting the greens down, cover the taste with overripe bananas. Pop a couple overripe bananas in your smoothie and it’ll be hard to taste the green stuff at all!
- Use Spinach – Spinach is perfect for green smoothie “beginners.” Its mild flavor is easy to cover with fruit, making it a great choice for children’s smoothies, as well!
- Use Kale – There are different types of kale, and all of them are nice in smoothies. Slightly stronger in flavor than spinach, they are still mild and can be a nice alternative to spinach.
- Add medjool dates – I know, you’re not a fan of dates, right? Don’t worry, once they’re blended, all you’ll taste is a delicious sweetness. I like using dates rather than adding honey or another sweetener, because with a date, you’re getting the whole fruit, including nutrients and fiber.
- Use a recipe – When getting started with green smoothies, I recommend using a recipe. It can take a while to get the hang of making delicious tasting green smoothies (ones when you can’t really taste the greens). I’m working on a green smoothie ebook right now, so check back soon to grab your copy!
- Don’t add ice! Ice dilutes the flavor, making your smoothie watery as it melts.
- Use frozen fruit – Make your smoothie ice-cold by using frozen fruit. You can buy bags of frozen fruit, or you can freeze your own bananas (after you peel them!) and other fruits if you prefer.