Green smoothie recipes are a great way to lose weight and stay healthy. I watched a film called “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” and my eyes were opened to the possibilities of this new raw craze.
When you eat fruits and vegetables in the raw state you get double the nutrients, because when you cook food it loses half of the vitamins and nutrients. So this new healthy smoothie recipes craze makes it easy to get all your nutrients… through a straw!
These green smoothies are often green or bright green and not exactly the most delicious looking meal, but if you do it right you’ll not only love these simple green smoothies, you’ll crave them! After having one of these healthy smoothies, your hunger will not only be satisfied, you’ll feel great as well.
Benefits of Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are mostly fruit recipes and are packed full of healthy nutrients. Because you’re eating mostly fruits and vegetables in a green smoothie, you’re getting lots of vitamins and minerals in a pure natural form that your body can absorb easily, including plenty of antioxidants.
- Green smoothie recipes are healthy than fruit or vegetable juices. When juices are extracted from fruit or vegetables, the fiber portion of the plant is removed. With the fruit smoothies recipes, you are consuming the whole plant, not just the juice, so you get more fiber and other minerals that normally get removed by juicing. The American Cancer Society recommends that we eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to prevent cancer and other diseases, and these recipes are a great way to get those servings.
- Green smoothies are easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment, just a regular kitchen blender. You can purchase a Vitamix blender if you’re really serious about making green smoothies every day, and from what we’ve been told a lot of people love using them.
- Green smoothies are cheap (if you make them at home). While a green smoothie at a juice bay may set you back up to $7, a homemade green smoothie may only cost you 2-3 dollars. Shop at your local farmer’s market and save even more money while getting the freshest fruit and vegetables possible.
How to Make a Green Smoothie
- Start slowly, if you make a goal to replace all your meals with these smoothies and juices you may get sick of it and give up. Instead make a goal to replace 3 meals a week with the smoothies, after a month of doing this you will start craving them and will find yourself wanting one daily if not more!
- Start with veggies you can’t taste! Spinach is my favorite as it has no flavor when blended with yummy fruits, cucumber also has a mild flavor and is a good vegetable to start with and carrots are almost as sweet as fruit and make great juices.
Follow the 2 to 1 equation. Two fruits and one vegetable, this will keep your smoothie sweet and delicious instead of tasting like a blended salad.
- Add water or almond milk to thin your fruit smoothie recipes, not juice! Juice will only add calories and chances are it was pasteurized which means it was heated up and therefore lacking in nutrition. Almond milk is a great way to add protein and best of all it naturally boosts your metabolism!
- Stock your freezer with organic frozen fruit and vegetables. When companies freeze produce they flash freeze immediately after picking, so you get the most flavor and loads of nutrition too. Plus it’s always available and makes for a chilly iced smoothie. You can also cut and freeze your own fresh fruits and veggies and store them in bags, Tupperware or jars for quick ready-made smoothies.
To make a smoothie all you need is a blender, and not even an expensive one, I’ve been using my $20 blender for a number of years and try as I might I haven’t broken it yet!
I personally prefer to make smoothies, when you juice you discard so much of the fruits and vegetables losing some of the nutrition, by making a smoothie you’ll be fuller longer, plus you won’t go through as much produce and will keep your grocery bill lower.
Choose your preferred method then start creating your 2 to 1 drinks.
My 10 Favorite Green Smoothie and Fruit Smoothie Recipes:
- Tropical Sunrise- ¼ cup pineapple, 1 orange peeled, 2 carrots, 1 tablespoon flax seeds, 1 cup water
- Purple Passion- ½ cup cherries, ¼ cup blueberries, 1 cup raw spinach, ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup water
- Crazy for Kale- ½ cup cherries, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup fresh kale, 2 teaspoons honey, 1 cup almond milk
- Metabolism Booster- 1 orange peeled, 1/3 cup strawberries, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk
- Grown Up Strawberry Banana- ½ cup strawberries, 1 banana, 1 cup raw spinach, ½ cup almond milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Electric Green Boost- ¼ cup pineapple, one orange peeled, 1 cup raw spinach, 1 cup almond milk
- Scrub Yourself Clean- ½ cup strawberries, ¼ cup pineapple, 1 cup broccoli florets or parsley, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 cup water
- Apple Pie- 1 apple peeled and cored, ¼ cup blueberries, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup spinach, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup water
- Sweetie Pie- 1 cup sweet peas, 1 banana, ½ cup blueberries, 1 cup almond milk, chia seeds, ½ teaspoon honey
- Crisp Mango Cucumber- 1/4 cup mango, 1 orange peeled, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 tablespoon flax seeds
More Green Smoothie Tips:
Get creative and have fun with it, and one last tip. Clean your blender/juicer immediately, not after you’re done with your smoothie. If you let it set it will be a nightmare to clean, but if you wash immediately it’s a breeze.
I love using large mason jars for these smoothies, they clean up nice and hold 3 cups of delicious smoothie goodness.