It’s not easy being green, well at least thats what most people think when they first see kale, spinach, and other leafy greens go into a smoothie.
What are the Benefits of Green Smoothies?
If you haven’t started adding spinach or other greens to your smoothies I implore you to start soon. Vegetables are high in potassium and can help lower blood pressure, they also help you stay hydrated.
Spinach is one of the great green vegetables to use in smoothies. Celery, kale, beet leaves, cucumbers and parsley are other good green vegetables or plant parts to use. When combined with an apple and other fruits these smoothies are hard to put down.
In general, there are no combinations of fruits and vegetables that you shouldn’t eat, but most people do like smoothies to maintain a sweet taste. However, if possible, the vegetables should mirror or outweigh the fruit, and it is always better to use water as the liquid over milk or any other dairy product.
Below is a delicious option that I can personally vouch for...and the color does seem kind of gross but trust me it tastes great! 🙂
Berry-Banana Super Smoothie
2 cups of spinach
1 frozen small to medium banana (ripe and peeled)
3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries (or fresh strawberries or blueberries)
¼ cup of raw nuts or raw seeds (my favorites are sunflower seeds, walnuts, flax seeds or almonds, or a combination of the above)
1-2 cups of water or coconut water (unpasteurized)