Beginner's Luck Green Smoothie

My cravings for smoothies come and go with the seasons.  Weird, I  know!  I crave them more in the Spring and Summer, and less in the Winter.  When it’s warm outside my body wants fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, smoothies and fresh juices.  On the other hand when it’s cold outside my body craves soups, stews, chili, starches and carbohydrates.  It’s like my body is literally trying to hibernate in the colder months, and I don’t deny myself, because who am I to mess with human nature?! 

Recently Mother Nature has teased us with a few out-of-the-blue warm days that has made me super anxious for Spring’s return.  Coupled with these changes in temperature is my rekindled desire for fresh fruits and greens, blended into a delicious and nutritious drink 

Many people ask me if there is a formula for making a good green smoothie.  Yes, there is!  Here are some easy tips for making a perfect green smoothie every time:

1.) FOLLOW THE 60/40 FORMULA.

When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. To save you a few smoothie-fails, bust out those cute lil’ measuring cups and follow this simple formula: 60% fruits to 40% leafy greens.

2.) BLEND IN STAGES TO AVOID LEAFY CHUNKS.

Chewing your green smoothie is no fun!  To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.

3.) DITCH THE ICE AND FREEZE SOME FRUITS.

Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas (peel first), grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).

4.) USE RAW NATURAL SWEETENERS.

Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, pineapple, mango, apples, pears or pitted dates, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.

5.) MAKE SMOOTHIES AHEAD FOR THE PERFECT FAST FOOD.

We know life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can blend your green smoothie the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 bananas

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix, and blend until emulsified.


Enjoy!