I love love love my green smoothies. It’s the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth and feed my body lots of nutrition.
I admit, however, that green smoothies can sometimes turn out slightly….earthy. And there is nothing worse than have little bits of green leaves floating around in your smoothie. So there is a bit of an art to making the perfect green smoothie.
But before I get into it, did you know that you should chew your smoothies? Sounds weird, right?
When you chew food, your saliva contains enzymes that helps break down food for the digestive process. It actually helps with the absorption of nutrients. Chewing your smoothies might also help with satiety because we tend to feel more satisfied after eating something rather than drinking something. (source and source) Thoughts?
I’ve never tried chewing my smoothie, but I’ll give it a try.
OK, back to green smoothies. Here are a few of my tips for making the perfect green smoothie…
- Spinach vs. Kale. Unless you have a super powerful blender, go for spinach. Kale is a much heartier green, and with a wimpy blender you’ll have little bits of kale in your smoothie. Gross. If you’re really fancy, you could use beet greens, Swiss chard or collards. And I promise, the flavor of your greens will disappear in your smoothie!
- Fruit for sweetness. It’s tempting to add a bunch of fruit to sweeten up a green smoothie, but don’t overdo the fruit. Pick one or two types of fruit to add to your smoothie. You really don’t need a lot to make your smoothie sweet. I prefer frozen banana, pineapple, peach or mango. If you add a bunch of blueberries, strawberries or raspberries, your green smoothie may turn brown. It will still taste good, but you can’t Instagram a brown smoothie (kidding ; )
- Add protein. I like to add a vegan vanilla protein powder to my green smoothies. They end up tasting like cake batter. I swear! I use the most amazing Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder in my smoothies. But if you skip the protein powder, your smoothie will still taste delicious!
- Superfood add ins. I used spirulina in my smoothie. Spirulina is blue-green algae powder that is high in protein, calcium, antioxidants, chlorophyll, B-12, iron and amino acids. It tastes like lake water, so I only use 1/2 to 1 tsp. You could also add avocado, ginger, maca powder, hemp seeds, bee pollen, cinnamon, flaxseeds or chia seeds to give your smoothie a nutrient boost.
- Blend, blend, blend. The BF gets annoyed at me for how long I blend my smoothies. I don’t want to see a single piece of spinach in my smoothie! So I blend, then blend again, then blend one more time.
The base of the smoothie is totally up to you. I use almond milk because that’s what I always have on hand. But you could use soy milk (organic), coconut milk, cashew milk, coconut water, rice milk or dairy milk (hormone-free).
What are your favorite ingredients to add to your green smoothies?