The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe’s Ever!
by Julianne Dowse | Sept 2020
Before we get into it, let me ask…what’s so special about Green Smoothies?
Is it because a GREEN Smoothie Recipe is seen as a healthy drink?
We naturally know it’s good for us?
But why do we know that?
Well, chances are, you intuitively know that GREEN Smoothie Recipe’s tick all of the ‘good health’ boxes.
So, let’s break it down and make it easy for you.
Generally, Green Smoothie’s contain about 40% of the following Green ingredients:
- Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)
- Baby Spinach
- Bok Choy
- Herbs such as; mint, coriander, parsley
And, then they contain about 60% of one or more fruits, which could be:
They are easy to make and generally, easy to drink!
But, before you jump straight into it, let me talk to you about my Top 3 Benefits that you get from drinking a power-packed Green Smoothie!
Top 3 Green Smoothie Benefits
1. BLOOD – Did you know, chlorophyll is found naturally in all of your leafy greens and gives your blood more oxygen?
So, why is this important? OMG, without oxygen in our blood we can suffer from:
- Low immunity
- Toxic buildup
- Low energy
- Weight gain
- Chronic diseases
- Dry and tired skin
- Viral load
- Cell weakness and even death
So many things benefit from having more ‘leafy greens’ or chlorophyll in your blood.
2. ANTIOXIDANTS – yep, one big glass of a Green Smoothie is enough to send those free radicals running!
We all know that if you have too many Free Radicals running around in your body without a proper balance of AntiOxidants to keep them in check that dis-ease will occur!
3. WEIGHT LOSS – If you use your Green Smoothie as a meal replacement, not only will you benefit from the big hit of chlorophyll which helps ‘suppress appetite and curb cravings’ but, you will be consuming less calories which will aid weight loss. In my eyes, this is a double-bonus!!!
Most Green Smoothie Recipes are really low in calories but high on nutrients, so they are the perfect combination for a daily meal replacement.
Maybe you could try swapping out your breakfast, or mid-morning snack with a Green Smoothie instead!
The more vegetables you add, the more full you will feel, so mix it up and keep increasing your green leafy vegetables to suit your palate.
Delicious and Nutritious!
TIPS – ‘how to enjoy the perfect smoothie – EVERY time!’
1. THINK RATIO.
Sometimes, measuring everything to get ‘it perfect’ just doesn’t suit – so, I like to use a ratio. If you are new to Smoothies but you prefer a sweeter taste, then use the ‘sweeter ratio’ which is 60%-70% fruit and 30-40% leafy green. Adjust as you need.
2. LESS IS MORE.
This is about ingredients. People often pack their blender with everything – they add nuts and seeds and fruit and leafy greens and then they add some nut butter and some protein powder and then they add a base to mix it all together and maybe even some dates for sweet good measure! I say, “keep it lean and clean, just the way you want to be!”
3. A SMOOTHIE IS NOT A JUICE.
That’s right, a smoothie is packed with fibre (amongst a whole array of goodness) but, what this means is, your body still has to digest it. With a juice, it goes straight into your bloodstream to ‘feed your cells’, with a smoothie, it goes into your digestive system to be broken down first.
4. TAKE IT SLOW.
If your familiar with a toddlers ‘sipper cup’ – that’s how you should think about a smoothie. Small sips to feed your body slowly. If you think about all of the fruit and vegetables, nuts/seeds, nut mylks/yoghurts etc.. your smoothie contains and how long it would take you to chew through all of it (if you had to eat it piece by piece) then, that’s how long it should take you to drink your smoothie! That way, you are not adding unwanted stress to your digestive system by ‘slamming it down’ in one go. Take it slow my friend, take it slow!
5.PLEASE YOUR PALATE.
So many people pack all sorts of ‘horrid’ ingredients into a blender and then turn the act of drinking their smoothie into a chore. Don’t do that. Fruit and Vegetables are healthy for you, the body loves them and so, please your palate by adding things you like and over time, you might find your palate changes so you start introducing more leafy greens or fruit (if you’re not currently a fan of a sweet drink). Make this an enjoyable process by combining pleasing ingredients and then, over time you can build up to adding those ‘good for you, but not pleasing’ ingredients.
Green Smoothie Recipes
- Celery 50 g
- Spinach 50 g
- Apple 150 g
- Pear 150 g
- Lemon juice 30 ml
- Water 230 ml
Melon & Kale
- Honeydew Melon 250 g
- Kale 50 g
- Apple 200 g
- Oat Milk 210 ml
Green Tea Calm
- Green tea powder 10 g
- Strawberry 200 g
- Banana 200 g
- Soy Milk 200 ml
- Ice cube 90 g
- Green grape 80 g
- Watermelon 300 g
- Spinach 20 g
- Cucumber 100 g
- Banana 200 g
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I wrote a book – it’s called A Foodie’s Guide to Juice Fasting to help people do a 7 day juice fast. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I know what it’s like to go without the very thing you love the most and so…I feel I have a lot to offer as most people don’t think they can go without food, let alone fast!