If you are thinking about adding more vegetables and fruits to your diet, then green smoothies are the perfect way to go. With limitless combinations of fruits and vegetables, you can get creative in the kitchen and make delicious and nutrient dense smoothies. I remember it well I heard about green smoothies from Dr. OZ, 5-6 years ago and I really enjoyed my first glass of smoothie that I made.
A good green smoothie is perfectly smooth and delicious. Fruits like banana, mango, peach, avocado and papaya give a creamy smooth texture. They also mask the taste of the greens, and neutralizes the bitter taste that some greens have and adds natural sweetness to the drink. Without fruits a green smoothie will taste like a blended salad. You can gradually increase the amount of greens you add as you become more use to the taste. It’s important to listen to your body and do what works for you.
You can also experiment with the liquid base you use for smoothies- milk and yogurt offers a rich base for a creamy flavor, water is a zero calorie option that lets the flavor of vegetables take center stage and iced tea or coconut water makes for a refreshing smoothie. Then, you can add herbs -like mint, parsley or ground ginger for extra flavor. Finally you can add a tbsp of two of a nut or seeds super food add-in to for more nutrition and a little bit of good fat.
The recipe below is a basic green smoothie with simple and affordable ingredients that you will actually love to drink.
- 5-6 kale leaves, thoroughly washed, hard stems removed
- 2 cups green seedless grapes
- 1 (6") celery stick, diced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1/2 mango, diced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1" piece ginger
- 1 cup water or 1/2 cup yogurt + 1/2 cup water or milk of your choice
- Place all the ingredients in Vitamix / high speed blender jar (first water, second greens and then rest of the ingredients).
- Blend until creamy (You may need to pause and push the ingredients down to help your blender along).
- To make thinner add more water.
- Serve immediately or enjoy it later. Although it is best when fresh.