Green Smoothies: Why & How

Food & Recipes door thijs

Still the drink of the moment: a green smoothie. Still not convinced or simply just dislike the taste? It's definitely a keeper, and after this article you know why; you might give that green monster another try after this!

Let’s start with the Why:

-       Green smoothies are a super easy way to get more nutrients in your diet. You probably wouldn’t eat a bag of spinach or kale all at once!

-       Because of all those nutrients, green smoothies are great energy boosters that will lift you up whenever you need it!

-       Green smoothies can help detoxify the body because of chlorophyll, the green pigment veggies contain.

-       They can support weight loss, because they’re relatively low in calories, but high in nutrients and fibre that will help you feel satisfied.

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And now, the How!

The Basic Green Smoothie Formula is simple: greens + fruit + water. But here are some tips and tricks to make it actually yummy:

-       When you’re a beginner at green smoothies, start with less greens and more fruit (2:3 ratio or less); gradually work your way up to more greens. You could also add a little bit of natural sweeteners.

-       Blend the greens and the liquid first before you add the fruit. This way you won’t get leafy chunks.

-       Still can’t get used to the taste? Try to drink your smoothie ice cold, by using frozen fruit or adding some ice cubes.

-       Plus, not all (leafy) greens taste the same. For example, kale can taste very bitter, where (baby) spinach has a more neutral taste. Switch it up with lettuce, endive, chard, bok choy, arugula (rocket) or even add herbs like mint or parsley. Or make a ‘green smoothie’ with beets or, if you have a really strong blender, with carrots; the possibilities are endless ;)

-       Don’t drink the same thing every day; rotate your greens and mix it up. This way you and your body won't get bored.

-       Looking for a creamy texture? Add a frozen banana, half an avocado, some Greek yoghurt or try almond milk instead of water.

-       Nutrients in vegetables are better absorbed in combination with good fats. Add a drop of hemp oil, coconut oil, some avocado, flax seeds or chia seeds to your smoothie for better nutrient absorption.

-       If you make a green smoothie for breakfast, make it a complete meal; blend some oats in your smoothie, pour it in a bowl and top it with some nuts, seeds, more fruit, granola or superfoods. This will keep you going all day long!

-      Give your blender a rinse with warm water or clean it directly after making your green smoothie; this will save you a lot of time and complaining later ;)

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Ready, set; start blending! What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?