Green smoothies have almost become the height of fashion in the celebrity world – every health conscious star has been spotted carrying one. Before the green smoothie craze, many in the healthy living blogger world have been drinking this green liquid goodness for years. I for one love my green smoothies, but it was a struggle at first. Initially blending up spinach and kale into a drink didn’t really appeal, but now my confidence has grown and I think that I have got the perfect green smoothie down to a T.
Smoothies have been on the tips of the tongues of many nutritionists for years, advocating them as a healthy snack or breakfast. They are usually made up of fruit with yoghurt or milk, or just a basic protein smoothie. Green smoothies however take it one step further and are packed with green earthy vegetables, meaning that they are bursting with a multitude of vitamin and minerals for your body.
Some of the health benefits include:
- Increased intake of fruit and vegetables
- A boost of antioxidants
- Improved energy levels
- High in fibre
- Easier digestion
- Fast absorption of nutrients
- Clear skin
- Improved well being
- Balances the bodies pH levels
- Detoxifies the body
- Contains a high level of chlorophyll
Since all of the contents of the smoothie are blended, the cells of the plants are broken down which makes it easier for the digestive system to process. Also, there is an enhanced assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Blending up the vegetables and fruit allows the body to absorb the nutrients a lot faster if you were to chew them. The high levels of chlorophyll in the green smoothies help to boost your immune response.
When making your perfect green smoothie there are just a few things to think about, mainly how are you going to make it super delicious. Here are some of my own tips and things to consider that help me make my green smoothies magical:
Liquids to blend with
Most smoothies always consist of a base and this may be unsweetened almond milk (or a milk of your choice), coconut water, or just plain water will do. Adding a liquid will ensure that all of your ingredients are well combined and smooth in your…erm smoothie.
Choosing my greens
Dark earthy greens are best in green smoothies as they are packed full of nutrients and vitamins. I tend to stick to spinach and kale as they are easily blended, but cavolo nero, chard and beet greens would also work well.
Adding my favourite fruits
Fruits add a natural sweetness to green smoothies and there are really no limits. I love to add pineapple, banana, mango, peaches, apples and frozen berries to mine – the choice is yours!
Making your smoothie super
Adding powdered superfoods, nut butters or protein powders to your smoothie increases their nutritional value immensely. Ingredients such as maca powder, camu camu berry powder, spirulina or lucuma powder are full of added health benefits in their own right. The addition of protein powder makes the smoothie more satisfying and perfect for a healthy breakfast.
Sweeten it up
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth you can add sweeteners to your smoothie such as honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar and maple syrup.
So there you have it, my guide to making the perfect green smoothie. Don’t be scared by the fact they are green. There are so many different varieties and possibilities that you can create. To start off with perhaps try a simple spinach, banana, peanut butter and almond milk smoothie. If you follow these simple tips you will be dusting off your blenders in no time!