I love my green smoothie, and so should you. It’s one of the best ways to start your day off. Jam packed with a healthy serving of micro-nutrients, water, and fiber, you’re getting in everything you need to start your day off in full force. Aside from all the nutritional benefits you’ll gain from making this drink a part of your morning routine, you’ll also receive a consistent source of energy that won’t lead into an early afternoon crash. It’s got so many great benefits that I can almost call it that magic pill that everyone seems to be looking for nowadays.
Topics covered today (click link to jump to section)
- Why I started drinking green smoothies
- The 7 rules to making your green smoothie (the non-official rule book)
- Healthy add-ons to step up your smoothie game
- My not-so-secret green smoothie recipe
I started out drinking green smoothies when I realized that I needed to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. After just a few weeks of trial and error, I realized just how difficult that could be. I took a quick look at what my schedule and eating routines looked like at the time and figured out that a vegetable-packed green smoothie would probably be an effective strategy to tackle my vegetable needs.
My first try involved tossing together a bunch of fruits, kale, and arugula. Immediately, I fell in love with the results. Every morning, I would wake up and follow up my liter of water with an equal sized green smoothie. I felt fueled and energetic without feeling slow and heavy from a large breakfast.
As I played around with different combinations of ingredients, I started to create green smoothie recipes that would give me the biggest morning energy boost with the most minimal work. After a couple of attempts, I noted a few guidelines that saved me time in preparation and creation.
Just kidding, there aren’t really any rules to smoothie-making, but here are a couple tips that will help you master your smoothie in no time.
- Buy frozen fruits to reduce wash and prep time
- Pre-washed salad mixes give you great variety while saving time
- Freeze salad mix to make it easier to compress before blending
- Large chunks of fruit can be challenging to blend after freezing
- Ratio of vegetables to fruit is based off personal preference
- Small add-ons can really pack a healthy boost to start your day
Just one more thing I have to point out. if you don’t like the smoothie recipe that you’re drinking, you are definitely not going to keep the habit up. I recommend that you start with a vegetable to fruit ratio that is higher in fruit, and then work your way up to more vegetables once you figure out what tastes better to you. The first step to to successful change is doing, and you won’t keep on doing something that you don’t truly enjoy.
Just like at the smoothie bars, you can add your own healthy boosts to step up your smoothie game. Here are a couple that I recommend trying to get you started.
- Chia seeds
- Cacao powder
- Cayenne powder – yes the chili
- Matcha powder – helps to kiss coffee goodbye
- Wheat grass
Prep time: 0 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
4-6 oz of pre-washed salad mix
1 cup of choice fruit(s) – I go with blueberry
8-12 oz of water
I start my smoothie out with packing my BlendTec up to the brim with salad mix. Then I’ll pour about 8-12 ounces of water help open up some space for my fruits. I add in roughly one cup of blueberries and one whole banana, then blend. I stick with blueberries and a banana so that I can save myself time, but if you’re not concerned about how long the smoothie takes, feel free to mix it up! After you finish blending, rinse the blender quick to avoid having the smoothie stick to the walls of the blender.
Give this recipe a shot for a week and let me know how you feel!