I found this awesome blog post on Vegetarian Times the other day. Have you wanted to get on board with the green smoothie trend, but feel skeptical that anyone would really want to drink that? Or you’ve tried to make one, but weren’t really sure how to make it taste more sweet, and less…well…green?
Consider the mystery solved. I loved reading this great blog piece about ways to make a green smoothie more delicious, since they’re already a nutritional powerhouse. I’m going to try these myself:
KNOW YOUR GREENS If you want to create a delicious green smoothie, it’s important to choose the right greens. You can’t go wrong with spinach, kale, collards, chard (rib removed), beet greens, and romaine. If you’re new to green smoothies, start with the milder tasting greens like spinach and romaine. Some herbs are also delicious in smoothies. Try cilantro, mint, basil, or parsley blended in with other greens. Though they are incredibly nutritious, mustard greens, dandelion greens, arugula, and other spicy leaves aren’t the best addition smoothies. Save them for salads, or for your favorite cooked dishes including soups and sautées.
ADD THE RIGHT FRUIT To add natural sweetness to a green smoothie, incorporate some in-season fruit. In summer, mango, peaches, pineapple, and berries make their way into my blends. For the perfect smooth texture, always use a creamy fruit like mango, banana, or avocado. Frozen fruit makes it even creamier.
LOVE YOUR LIQUIDS I like fruity smoothies, so my liquid base is usually a very juicy fruit like pineapple or orange. When blended, these fruits become the only liquid I need. For thinner smoothies, try coconut water, fruit juice, or almond milk; each makes for a unique smoothie.
BULK IT UP For added protein, fiber, and flavor, try bulking up your smoothie to make it a complete meal. Chia, flax, and hemp seeds can be blended into smoothies to add healthy protein plus omega-3 fat. You can also try a spoonful or two of your favorite nut butter such as almond, cashew, or peanut.
BLEND IT SMOOTH A great high-speed blender such as a Vitamix will take you to smoothie heaven in no time. If you don’t have one of the more expensive machines, that’s okay: try blending your smoothie longer for the perfect texture. Using frozen fruits will help prevent the smoothie from warming up during the blending process.
I don’t have a fancy blender — just a nice, sturdy Cuisinart — and it works fine for even green smoothies. I always blend until it’s smooth, and keep tons of frozen fruit on hand so I don’t have to use ice or deal with a lukewarm result.
Want more smoothie recipes? Here’s my collection, including this tasty banana-spinach smoothie that’s just the right balance of sweet & green!