green smoothies are here for the new year! these cups of green goodness have been all over my instagram feed since the beginning. above are some examples, not even counting the smoothie bowls! but with 2016 resolutions and the urge to detox after holiday feasting, i’m sure you’re seeing them everywhere. if you’ve been interested in a diet based on more plant based foods, i’m sure you have done your research. getting more fruit, leafy greens and fiber are really good for you. no brainer.
i’m here to provide you some tips that i’ve learned along the way, because i’m all too familiar with a high speed blender. plus, if you find a flavor combo you know is both healthy and easy, you’ll stick with it. which is what those damn “resolutions” are about, right? or can we just call it a lifestyle change and be kind to ourselves??
below are 5 tips for creating a green smoothie routine, as well as my favorite go-to, everyday, lifestyle changing, kick-in-the-ass green smoothie recipe.
// 5 green smoothie tips //
1. freeze your greens. (and those bananas!)
make sure you freeze any greens before they go bad, i pack up pre-portioned ziploc bags of organic greens because i usually buy in bulk, then use what is left for fresh salads for the week. i like knowing that even if i am low on fresh fruits and veggies, i can still make a green smoothie for a quick breakfast. freeze bananas too when they are nice an brown. using these frozen veggies and fruit cut out the need for ice, while still making the smoothie nice and chilly.
2. always add a superfood.
listen to your body a little with this one. low energy, i have maca powder. need to stay full for a while, chia or hemp seed. new to the superfood thing? i would say go with chia. they are relatively inexpensive compared to other superfood ingredients, pretty much tasteless, fiber rich and thicken the smoothie.
3. spices and herbs.
this may sound crazy but i really love cinnamon in a green smoothie with just banana and almond milk. it tastes delicious. also try fresh ginger root (a little goes a long way!). for a more earthy taste, cilantro, mint and parsley all have great benefits. plus, they’re green!
4. sweeten, the right way.
if you start to become a smoothie expert, you know those people who drink wheatgrass shots with no orange juice chaser (me – nodding proudly), you’ll start to use less sweeteners and find that the fruit alone can mask any green-y flavor. but, if you are just starting, feel free! i still do a lot of days when i have medjool dates, agave nectar, or stevia in the house. try coconut water too! the super hydrating liquid base has a naturally light sweet taste that i find works well.
5. all about that base.
speaking of the base of the smoothie, i suggest always choosing unsweetened varieties of coconut + almond milks. as i mentioned above coconut water is great especially if having the smoothie after a morning work out. filtered water won’t do you wrong, empty fridge doesn’t have to stop the smoothies. you can also try green tea! i find it does change the flavor a bit as it is more overpowering than water, but i love using it in a green smoothie for it’s small caffeine boost as well as antioxidants.
i personally think tropical flavors, such as mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi work best with water or coconut water. while almond milk smoothies are creamier + taste great with berries. the recipe below is my stand by. my main squeeze if you will.
- 2 cups of spinach or kale (or a combo!)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of mango or pineapple
- 1 small kiwi
- 1/2 cup of coconut water
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 2 tbsp chia seed
- 2-3 ice cubes
- optional: 1 tbsp spirulina.
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
cheers to a healthy new year! any favorite green smoothie combos? tips or tricks i might have missed?? i’m always looking to up my smoothie game up, + want to hear what you think! comment below + get blendin’.
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