Green Smoothies: A Tasty Trend

Research indicates that increased vegetable and fruit consumption can have protective effects for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. A healthy diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, and green smoothies are an easy way to help you get your daily intake of “power greens” and fruits to boost your energy levels and stave off illness.

It takes just a few minutes to make a delicious green smoothie, no culinary skills required! All you need is a blender, some leafy greens, and fruit.Green Smoothie Steps 2

  1. Add 2 cups of a liquid base and 2 cups of leafy greens and blend together until the leaf chunks have disappeared.
  2. Add 3 cups of 1-3 types of fruit and blend until smooth.

Optional: Feel free to add extras like Greek yogurt, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds, acai powder, matcha, ginger, cinnamon, cacao, basil, or mint.

You can get creative and mix n’ match different leafy greens, liquids, and fruit. Using a mix of fresh and frozen fruit will help the smoothie blend better and then you don’t need to add ice or chill it before drinking! Tip: Buying fruit fresh from the grocery store and freezing it can help the fruit stay longer. For example, you could unwrap bananas, quarter them, and put them in ice cube trays for freezing.

Green Smoothie Options

If your smoothie becomes too foamy or slushy, it’s okay! Most of us don’t get a perfect smoothie on the first try. Just problem solve to fix your smoothie – if it’s too frozen and slushy, you can add more liquid and re-blend it and next time add less frozen fruit. It took me a few times before I got the hang of making a green smoothie with a nice consistency and now it just takes me five minutes!

From a delicious coconut clementine green smoothie to an energizing tropical kale smoothie, green smoothies are a beautiful blend of hearty greens and sweet fruits rich in vitamins and nutrients. For easy grab n’ go breakfasts during the work week, you can make one large batch of green smoothie, pouring it in mason jars to keep them tasting fresh. After all, what’s better than starting off the day with an energizing green smoothie? Mix it up and try out different recipes…it’s a fun new experiment everyday!

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