Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Drinking Green Smoothies

In the past few months, I've gotten into drinking green smoothies. They are tasty and packed with great nutrition.  For a detailed look, check out the video below.

A few months ago, I was feeling sluggish and knew I needed to do something about it and good nutrition seemed like the place to start.  I like fruit, but I've always had trouble getting the 5-9 servings recommended daily.  One batch of green smoothie provides the recommended fruits and vegetable, so any additional ones you eat are just an added bonus!

The key to making a good green smoothie is to blend the liquid and greens first.

Then add the fruit and blend again until smooth. 

Here's the basic recipe:
2 cups of greens (spinach, kale, or other mild green)
1 1/2 cups water (or coconut milk or coconut water)
3 fruits (such as a banana, an orange, and a cup of frozen strawberries)
Blend again.

You can add chia seeds or flaxseeds, if you want.  For a thicker, more filling smoothie, you can add a 1/4 of nuts and a 1/2 cup of raw oatmeal.

I like to make several batches and freeze them in mason jars.  Pull a jar out of the freezer the day before and thaw it in the fridge!

Here are some websites that have great information and recipes:

Simple Green Smoothies

Green Thickies

Your Guide for Making the Perfect Green Smoothie Every Time

The Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie Girl

Drink up!

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  1. This sounds really good. I have a juicer and I love mixing different fruits & vegetables together. I had no idea that you could freeze in mason jars and thaw in the fridge. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Just don't fill the mason jars to the top. The juice will expand in the freezing process and might break the jars. Also, if you make your smoothies in a blender, you'll get all that great fiber and it will fill you up more. Enjoy!

  2. I would love to get in the habit of drinking these each morning. Stopping by from the Friendship Friday hop, come say hi :)

    1. I got started with a 30-day challenge and then it was a habit. :)

  3. Thanks for adding this to the Healthy Living Link Party. We hope you will come back next Wednesday.

  4. My kids love green smoothies. I didn't know that you could freeze that way! I will have to make extra and do this next time. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Freezing them makes it so convenient. Now I never have to miss a day of drinking one. Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Love green smoothies. Didn't even think about freezing them - smart!!

    1. Cool, huh? Now there's never an excuse not to have one! :)