5 Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies, How to Tips, and a Green Smoothie Recipe Round Up

5 Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies, How to Tips, and a Recipe Round Up

Get instant FREE access to my green smoothie recipe e-cookbook here! I share 20 of my best green smoothie recipes along with tips, tricks, and a tutorial.

Up until about 6 months ago I never consumed a green smoothie. I would make non-green smoothies for my kids but – for me – my morning meal centered on oatmeal or breakfast burritos. In fact, smoothies in general were not something I craved. And now that I think about it, I never really craved fruits and vegetables at all – I was more of carb and protein girl.

Then I decided to give green smoothies a try. I started to see a bunch of green smoothie recipes pop up on Pinterest and Facebook. It wasn’t so much the recipes themselves that peeked my interest but what people were saying about them. Everyone that was an avid green smoothie drinker raved about the way these smoothies made him or her feel physically, mentally, and even emotionally. Some even went as far to describe them as life changing. Life changing? My interested was peaked and I decided to give them a shot.

MY OTHER RECIPES

Now I wouldn’t say I was looking for a life changing smoothie potion but I was feeling a little sluggish and needed a boost. So I bought my ticket and hopped onto the green smoothie train.

Since then life has never been the same. Within a week of drinking green smoothies I noticed a huge difference in the way I felt. I had more clarity, increased energy and over time I noticed my skin start to clear up and develop a glow. My PMS got better and I noticed that my stomach area did not look or feel bloated when I was drinking green smoothies. I felt amazing!

If I had the power to go back in time and give myself some advice – prior to losing weight – I would say start drinking green smoothies. Honestly, that is the truth and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Significantly increased my consumption of raw vegetables and fruits.

I don’t know about you but I have always struggled with consuming enough vegetables. If I did not eat a salad everyday or intentional make a side of broccoli or green beans to go with dinner then most likely I was not eating enough vegetables. With drinking a green smoothie everyday I am consuming 1-2 cups of leafy green vegetables and at least 2 cups of fruit. That brings me very close to getting in 3-4 servings of fruits of vegetables before 10am. If I did not drink green smoothies that would never happen. Even if I did eat a vegetable with dinner every night I would consume that much.

Also, drinking green smoothies makes it very easy to get fruits and vegetables in without a lot of fussing around with a recipe. No need to cook, bake, or sauté. All you need to do is throw everything into a blender, add liquid, and in 2 minutes you have your smoothie ready to drink. So if you struggle with getting in fruits and vegetables I highly recommend giving green smoothies a try.

2. Keeps me hydrated, energized, and alert

Most of the time the only symptom people think of when they are dehydrated is being thirsty. While this is certainly a symptom of being dehydrated other symptoms include feeling tired, sluggish, getting headaches, losing focus, and sometimes feeling hungry when your not.

Your physical and mental well-being is very connected to your hydration. Before drinking smoothies I had no idea I was dehydrated. I thought I had all those symptoms because I live a busy life. I tried to increase my energy in the mornings with coffee but often times that made it worse. I didn’t really know I was dehydrated until I started to drink green smoothies. After a few days of them I felt like a brand new person. I had so much more energy, clarity, and it felt like the fog had been lifted. I did not feel sluggish at all and my headaches literally went away. It was truly amazing. I know I might sound like an infomercial but seriously I could not believe the difference I felt by drinking a green smoothie each morning.

I know for a fact these positive changes are due to drinking green smoothies because now anytime I don’t drink one I go right back to feeling sluggish, tired, getting headaches, all the other negative symptoms. My life is always going to be busy. With 2 kids, a husband, a fulltime job, and a business that is just the way my life is. Drinking green smoothies has now become essential in giving me the energy and stamina I need to get through my days.

3. Increased my daily nutrition

One green smoothie made with fruits, vegetables, and other power foods are packed with nutrition. Sometimes more nutrition than you would get all day eating 1500 – 2000 calories. And because a green smoothie is blended it is easy to add in power foods or additional ingredients without a lot of effort making it a great way to increase your daily nutrition. For example, if you want to get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet you can throw in some chia or flax seeds. Want to experience the benefits of coconut oil? No problem, add a tablespoon to your smoothie. You won’t even know it is there. Need more protein add in some peanut butter or yogurt. The possibilities are endless when making smoothies

Also, one smoothie – depending on what you add – is only about 200 – 300 calories per serving. This means you are getting a lot of nutrition for very little calories. When your body is nourished you will naturally feel more satisfied and healthy. So if you are struggling with balancing and/or increasing your nutrition then I think you will find drinking green smoothies very beneficial.

4. Naturally cleansing and detoxifying

I am always reading about people “doing a cleanse”. Basically, from what I gather, they take a week and either eat nothing but vegetables or take some kind of pill regimen to cleanse out their system. The other weeks they are just eating “normally”, whatever that means. Personally, I don’t find this healthy. I feel if you are incorporating a lot of fruits and vegetables into your diet daily there is no need to go on cleanses. Drinking green smoothies on a regular basis provides all the nutrients your body needs to naturally cleanse and detoxify.

A benefit that I experienced from the cleansing and detoxifying effects of green smoothies is clearer skin. At almost 40 I still experience acne and it seemed that no matter what products I bought I could not get control over the constant pimples that kept showing up. Of course, they always got worse around “that time of the month”. Sorry if that is TMI but hey we are all adults here. Anyway, now that I drink green smoothies on a regular basis my skin is much more clear and has even developed a nice glow. I still get the occasional pimple but nothing like I was experiencing. Beauty starts on the inside and green smoothies definitely help with that.

5. Simple to make and portable

Eating healthier foods is always easier way they are simple to make and portable – especially for a busy working mom. It takes me about 5 minutes to throw ingredients into a blender, blend, then transfer to a mason jar and bring to work. Or if I am staying home I can carry it around the house with me as I am trying to motivate my kids to get dressed and ready for school. Either way I am able to prepare a very nutritious meal with minimal effort.

I can tell you all about the benefits of green smoothies but honestly you must try them out yourself because once you experience the beauty of green smoothies you will never go back.

Green Smoothie “How To” Tips

What type of blender?

If you are going to drink green smoothies on a regular basis then I HIGHLY recommend you invest in a quality blender. Blending up frozen fruit puts a lot of strain on the blades and motor of a blender, which can lead to parts breaking sooner than later. When I first started making green smoothies I bought a $40 blender thinking that was all I needed. It broke within 3 months. Then I bought another $40 blender and again it broke after only a few months. After that my husband purchased me a Ninja blender for a little less than $200. The Ninja works great. Then I received a Vitamix to test out and was blown away by the power of this blender. A Vitamix can run you upwards $600 depending on the model you get. However, they are not all that expensive so I suggest looking on their site and checking out your options. I absolutely love my Vitamix and believe it is worth the investment, especially if you plan to use it on a daily basis. Other readers have suggested the Nutribullet. I have never used this particular blender but it does get good reviews. My recommend is to do your research and purchase a high quality blender that fits your budget. But remember this is an investment in your health so – in my opinion – spending a little extra will be worth it.

What leafy greens to use? 

Leafy greens is what makes a green smoothie green. So, leafy greens are kind of an essential green smoothie ingredient. I use either kale or spinach in all of my green smoothie recipes. Mostly, because the taste is mild and I can purchase huge bags of them from my local warehouse store. However, you can use all different kinds of leafy greens in your green smoothie.. Some greens include mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, parsley, romaine, and other lettuces. Basically if it is a green leafy vegetable you can use it. Just keep in mind some have a strong flavor than others so experiment and see what you like.

Do green smoothies taste gross?

Not at all! In fact, if it didn’t turn a green color you probably would not even know there was kale or spinach in there. This may be different with a stronger green but with my smoothies all I can taste is fruit. If you are just starting out with greens smoothies then I recommend using a smaller amount of greens at first. Once you get used to it then add more. If it is too strong then next time add less.

What kind of fruits should I use?

You can use any type of fruit in a green smoothie. Fruits like berries, pineapple, mango, and peaches will give a more smooth thicker consistency. Fruits like oranges, nectarines, grapes, and kiwi will be a bit more fibrous. You can still use these fruits but use them as an added fruit and not the main fruit.

Fresh or frozen fruits?

I always use organic frozen fruit in my smoothies. One it is much cheaper because I can get huge bags from my warehouse store and second I don’t need to worry about the fruit spoiling. I even freeze my spinach or kale ahead of time. The only fresh fruit I use is bananas but sometimes I will even throw them in the freezer if I think they are getting close to the end. So you can certainly use fresh fruit but for the reasons I stated I prefer frozen.

What kind of liquid should I use?

My favorite smoothie liquid to use is unsweetened coconut milk. I love the thickness and richness it brings to my green smoothie. It also has good fat in it, which helps to keep me full and satisfied longer. I have also used unsweetened almond milk. You can also use coconut water, rice milk, soy milk, or just plain water. Really any liquid would be fine. However, I would not use dairy milk because this inhibits the cleansing and detoxify benefits of a green smoothie. If you don’t have any of the other liquids just use filtered water.

Should I use a sweetener?

The only sweetener I use in my green smoothies is the natural sweetness from the banana and maybe 1 or 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup. I never ever add refined sugar to my green smoothies. The amount of sweetness you need will depend on your personal taste along with the type of ingredients you are using.

Will this fill me up?

I drink a green smoothie every morning at around 7am and it keeps me full until 11:00am for my mid morning snack. Sometimes I make it strait to lunch. So yes I think green smoothies are substantial enough to get you through the morning. If you feel like you need a heartier smoothie maybe add some peanut butter, almond butter, or a high quality protein powder. I used to add greek yogurt to my smoothies but I am trying to keep them dairy free so I only add yogurt once in a while now. But if you want to try with a little yogurt for added protein then do it and see if that works for you.

Should I use ice?

Personally I do not use ice because I always use frozen fruits. If you are using fresh fruits then you will probably need to use ice to get the consistency you want and for the smoothie to be cold. Some people don’t mind using ice but I find that adding ice causes the smoothie to be a bit watered down so I prefer to just use frozen fruits.

Basic smoothie formula

I do offer green smoothie recipes on my site but really all you need for your own smoothie recipe is a basic formula. This is what I use whenever I putting a new green smoothie recipe together.

1 cup greens + 2 cups fruit + 1 banana + 2 cups liquid + extra for consistency. See easy!

If you like videos then check this one out for a green machine smoothie recipe. I love that she adds parsley and romaine to her smoothies. That is going to be next on my smoothie list.

 

Green Smoothie Recipe Round Up

Blueberry Green Smoothie

Blueberry Kale Green Smoothie #greensmoothie #smoothierecipes

Peanut Butter and Banana Green Smoothie

Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie #vitamix

 

Apple Ginger Green Smoothie

Apple Ginger Green Smoothie #vitamix #organizeyourselfskinny

 

Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie

Cherry Vanilla Green Smoothie. Clean Eating and Weight Watchers Friendly 172 calories 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus

 

Just Peachy Green Smoothie

 

Just Peachy Green Smoothie Recipe with Chia Seeds

 

Mango Berry Green Smoothie

Mango Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie #organizeyourselfskinny

 

Lucky Green Smoothie

Lucky Green Rockin Irish Smoothie. St. Patricks day green smoothies

 

Strawberry Green Smoothie

strawberrykalesmoothie

 

Strawberry Avocado Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana, and Avocado Smoothie Recipe. Putting avocado in a smoothie is delicious. Gives it a nice milkshake like texture.

 

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Comments

  1. It’s nice to see the mystery taken out of the green smoothie phenomenon. It really is simple! I also add other power foods like, ginger (for inflammation) and turmeric (for immune boosting).

  2. Great post, as usual! Few questions:

    1 Is your formula for 2 servings?
    2 Is coconut milk the kind you buy in a can or is it sold in a tetra pack like almond/soy milk? I tried the one in the can and found it a bit thick for my liking.
    3 Coconut oil – is it liquid or the “butter-like” kind?
    4

    • Hi there! Yes that formula makes 2 servings sometimes a little more. I buy silk or Sodelicious unsweetened coconut milk in the carton. It is in the dairy sections. And coconut milk I purchase in the jar. It always comes as a solid. I either melt it on the stove or in the microwave to liquify. Hope that helps

      • Thanks! I’ll have to look for the coconut milk as I’ve never seen it before.

      • You mean coconut oil. BTW the peanut butter smoothie and the vanilla almond smoothie are my 2 new faves and I look forward to trying others you have listed!

        • Krista – There is a type of coconut “milk” that comes in a can that is also solid (like the oil). It has the coconut oil still in it as well as the coconut “meat”. Both the Silk Coconut Milk in a carton and coconut milk in a can are called coconut milk, so it’s confusing. I was wondering the same as Julie – which she uses.

  3. Stupid tablet!

    4 Do you still drink your morning coffee or have you eliminated that from your diet?

    I have been following you for a while and you look great and truly are inspiring!

    Thank you!

  4. I love this post and will definitely be trying green smoothies. My problem is that I -despise- bananas… the taste, the smell, the texture, everything. Do you have any substitution suggestions?

    Thank you SO much for all of your wonderful information and for sharing with us all.

  5. Do you have any thoughts on adding protein powder to smoothies? I have a problem with having to go to the bathroom frequently and if I drink a large batch of liquid like that, without any solid food, I find that I’ll be dying for the loo by the time I get to uni in the morning. I was thinking/hoping that by adding protein powder, it might not go through me so quickly.

  6. I’m not a big fan of maple syrup but I have used local organic honey in (non-green) smoothies before. So you think that will work with these recipes?
    BTW love your site. I’ve been looking for a way to get more veggies in my diet and eat less processed foods. These are great ideas! Right now my spouse and I live with the in-laws so there isn’t much space to cook or so anything for that matter, But we are moving in Augist and I can’t wait to try your green smoothies. My husband is also a huge believer in Kale.

  7. I’ve been doing smoothies for a long time and find I always feel better when I stick to them for breakfast and after-workout refuel.
    Thanks for the new flavor combos! I’ve been stuck on frozen berries for a while.

    I always include 30 g of protein (either whey or egg white but a veggie protein works as well)

    Also good fat (coconut oil, avocado, nut butter)

    Liquid is a non-dairy “milk”, water or coconut water.

    Bananas are totally optional and I only use enough to make things sweet. Using sweeter fruit takes care of that.

    I blend up a big one (400 calories worth or so) and put in an insulated stainless steel bottle (Kleen Kanteen or Hydro Flask) I consume a some as breakfast about an hour before my 9 a.m. workout and the rest right after. Keeps me until lunch

    Simple, portable and bunches of nutrients.

    Really, you don’t need a “recipe” just think of getting in the carbs (from fruit and veggies), protein (powder works the best or pasturized egg white works and can substitute for some of the liquid) and fat (chia, flax, avacado, coconut oil, nut butter) and you will be fine.

  8. Could you explain to me why you believe that dairy products should be avoided in these smoothies? I am not understanding how they would interfere with “cleansing and detoxifying” or otherwise decrease the value of the smoothies?

    • I’m not an expert, but I’ve read a lot about nutrition over the years and I’m guessing it is because dairy is harder to digest (and takes longer to digest) than fruits and vegetables. Cleansing/detoxifying is like your body’s version of cleaning a house, it moves waste(toxins) out of the body via elimination (feces & urine), sweating & breathing. And it reorganizes things so they run more efficiently, etc. If your body has to spend extra time digesting something, it has less time to do that, less time to use the nutrients it just extracted from the food, etc.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Do you have any other suggestions for liquid besides coconut or almond milk? Can you use Rice Milk or organic milk? I am not a fan or coconut or almond flavor (I love almonds, just not almond flavored foods) and I really want to start trying the many different smoothies and oats for breakfast. Thanks

  10. I have been doing green smoothies since Jan. I have tried everybody’s suggestions and have come up with what I do every day. I have Vita Mix. I have found the best and least time consuming way to make these is to freeze your fruits and veggies. I make 5-6 bags every Sunday and shave off 20 minutes of get ready time in the AM. I use gallon bags and add a large handful of kale and spinach, 1/2 green apple, 1/2 kiwi with the fuzz,(good fiber), I slice of ginger, 1/2 carrot, 1/2 celery stalk, handful of cilantro, 1/2 lemon squeezed and then 1/4 of that with peel. I pop these in freezer and as soon as I get up take one out to thaw a litte, then pop in VM and add either 2 cups of coconut water or Almond milk. I may add frozen pineapple or fresh berries depending on what I have. I buy what ever veggies are on sale and incorporate them into the smoothies. You can never make a bad tasting one. Sometime add 1/2 banana. This make s two smoothies one for me and one for my husband. I sometimes add chia seeds or hemp. It is plenty sweet enough and you never taste the greens. Celery and cilantro are good cleansers. That is pretty much my staple and again I add whatever I have on hand. skin hair and nails have greatly improved. Keeps you green regular. Great for colon problems. I drink mine at work in a quart mason jar with a straw and on the train to work.

  11. Hi,
    I’m allergic to bananas. Is there something else I could use in place of the banana?

  12. I am going to try these for my afternoon snack- but nothing liquid EVER keeps me full in the morning- no matter how nutrition packed it is. So i remain a bit skeptical but I’m going to try it in the afternoon for myself and my kids 🙂

  13. I am new to this site and loving it so far!! One question regarding the green smoothies, I made the blueberry green smoothie this morning it was tasty except that i kept getting pieces of kale in my straw. What am i doing wrong.. using too much, not blending enough?

    • I am with you Ava. I made my first one today and had the same problem. I am hearing from other friends that this happens with kale. But if anyone has any tips for us please let us know. I am wanting to start smoothies to get my veggies in.

    • What kind of blender are you using? Sometimes, if it’s not a higher-end one like Vitamix or Blendtec, it won’t blend it enough. The blend the stuff down so finely, there’s not even a sliver, much less a chunk. The only thing I haven’t figured out is how to get rid of the annoying seeds from things like raspberries, but oh well. I found a refurbished vitamix 5300 on sale on the williams-sonoma website for about $260. Sounds expensive, but these machines run anywhere from $400-1500. They are fantastic, and the refurbished ones come straight from the manufacturer with a 5 year warranty. Can’t beat that! Blendtec has similar options, but with a shorter warranty. My Vitamix, at the highest speed, will heat soup because of the friction involved… not something you want to do with a smoothie, but it’s an added bonus. The greatest thing about these blenders is that you don’t have to take them apart to clean them. You fill them about half way, add a drop or two (no more) of dish soap, push it to the highest setting, and let it run for maybe 3 minutes. NICE AND CLEAN!!! No more slicing your fingers on the blades, or losing the stupid rubber gasket somewhere while you wait for each individual piece to dry. I LOVE MY VITAMIX! It was truly well worth the investment (especially since the smoothies I make with it have made me better physically and emotionally.

  14. DIANA MORTON says:

    Has anyone tried freezing blended smoothies?

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