3 Easy Tips for a Great Green Smoothie
I know, I know. Green smoothies are everywhere, and everyone has the “best” recipe. I believe the “best” green smoothie recipe is the one that you actually drink. So whether it is this one or another one that you prefer, just drink up all that green goodness in the morning!
Green smoothies are popular for sure, but for good reason! They allow you to eat vegetables for breakfast. They help to fill you up and keep you going through the morning, and you can customize them to your taste. Follow these rules for making a smoothie and you’ll be golden!
Drink your greens.
Whether you are making a berry, citrus, or even an almond butter banana smoothie, always add a handful of greens. Spinach, romaine, kale, and chard are all great options. Spinach is a great green to add because it doesn’t affect the flavor of your smoothie very much and will just add a boost of green power.
Pick one or two superfoods.
There are a lot of amazing superfoods out there, but you don’t need to have them all at once and you don’t need them for every meal. They should be a supplement to what you are already eating, when you are eating well. So pick one or two for your smoothie. I would recommend hemp or chia seeds to get the most bang for your buck. Both are complete proteins and will help to satiate your hunger.
Prepare your blender the night before.
The best secret to ensuring that you will drink a smoothie for breakfast is to prep your blender the night before. There is nothing more miserable than waking up and and stumbling into the kitchen with your eyes half-closed trying to figure out how to assemble a smoothie. Add all ingredients to your blender the night before and put your blender in the refrigerator. In the morning, grab your blender, add your liquid, and blend! Easy.
1 large handful of spinach
2-inch piece of cucumber, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 tsp grated ginger
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
1 TBSP chia seeds
1/2 tsp spriulina (optional)
2 cups water (or 1 cup water, 1 cup almond milk for a slightly creamier smoothie)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy in your favorite mason jar with your favorite glass or stainless steel straw!
Want more smoothie inspiration (plus some tips for packing healthy lunches)? Check out my post on the Academy of Culinary Nutrition Blog!