Heighten nutritional value. Adding leafy greens to your fruit smoothie is a great way to boost vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Sneak attack. If you or your family members don’t like veggies, blending some in a smoothie is a great way to expand their nutritional palate.
Boost your fiber. The fiber from pureed fruits and veggies in green smoothies helps keep you full longer and provides a steady stream of energy throughout the day.
If you are new to the world of green smoothies, here are some tips to help you get started.
- Add fruit to tone down or mask the veggie flavor.
- Start small and gradually add in more and more veggies over time as you shape your taste buds.
- Puree your greens and liquids before adding in your fruit to reduce the amount of leafy chunks.
- Name green smoothies fun, kid-friendly names such as the Jolly Green Giant or The Hulk to encourage your children to try new flavors.
- Experiment and try new flavor combinations and recipes!
Beginner’s Green Smoothie Recipe:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 ripe mango
- ½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple
- ½ fresh green pear
- 1-2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 cups of baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
Blend together spinach and 1 cup almond milk. Add fresh and/or frozen fruit and flaxseed. Blend adding more liquid until desired consistency is met.