Good morning! How long have you been staring at your blender wondering how to make your smoothie today? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. It’s an everyday struggle I experience especially as a busy working mom, and I know most of you go through this too. So, I researched the best and simplest way on how to make your healthy green smoothie, easy and perfect EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
What’s In A Green Smoothie?
This is the main and most important ingredient. If you are new to the green smoothie habit, start with greens that you are familiar with and comfortable with like spinach, cucumber, or lettuce. My personal favorite is kale.
Once you are used to it then gradually work your way up to greens that have more intense flavors like herbs, celery, and chard.
Your liquid component is what will put your smoothie together and help you get the texture that you want.
The variations are endless when it comes to this. You can use anything from various nut milk like cashew or almond, soymilk, coconut water, or even green tea!
Adding at least a cup or two of your preferred fruit is essential when making your green smoothie. Not only does it add sweetness and creaminess to your healthy potion, but it also gives it a better texture and makes it even more nutritious.
You can start by throwing in a cup or two of your favorite fruit or go bold and use 2 or 3 different fruits. Some of the top go-to fruits will be banana, mixed berries, apple, mango, and pineapple. You can also ditch the ice in your smoothie and throw in your frozen fruits instead!
Now this component is not required but it will definitely give your smoothie a good boost.
It can range anywhere from organic sweeteners like dates, stevia, maple syrup or honey, to different superfoods and healthy fats like cacao nibs, chia seeds, cinnamon, acai powder, flax or hemp seeds, and even raw nuts.
Perfect Smoothie Blend: Tips & Tricks
The key to a failproof green smoothie is to follow the “60/40 Formula, this means to always mix 60% fruits and 40% greens. This will ensure that your smoothie tastes refreshing and not like a witch’s cursed potion. ????
For a velvety smoothie experience, blend your ingredients in stages. Don’t throw all your ingredients at once, it will leave you with a chunky mix. Blend your greens and liquid base first, for 30 seconds at a time. Then add your frozen fruits and lastly, your boosters. Do not over blend your smoothie as it will kill the enzymes and will cause your smoothie to lose some of its nutrients.
Don’t use artificial sweeteners or processed sugars. That will defeat the purpose of your healthy drink. If you’re still getting used to drinking green smoothies or you find that it tastes bitter or too “herby”, use organic or natural sweeteners. You can use organic honey, liquid stevia, or typically sweet fruits like mango, apple, and pears.
“Green smoothie” does not always turn out “green”. Don’t freak out if your smoothie turns out a different color. Sometimes it can end up on a lighter or darker shade of green, or completely different color and that’s okay. The color of the smoothie varies depending on your ingredients, but that doesn’t make it any less healthy and it is still considered a green drink.
Now, take out your Vitamix 5200 (or any blender you’ve got) and start blending!