I’m going to start highlighting some foods that are fairly inexpensive and are very good for your health. Today’s focus is on the green smoothie. Every day I start my morning off with a delightful green smoothie. At first I was repulsed by the idea (and the look!) but after I got down the art of making them, I was addicted. There’s nothing to help detoxify your cells and brighten your day than a green smoothie! Green smoothies are fairly inexpensive to make, and pack a huge nutritional punch. They may look funny, but they don’t contain any unpronounceable ingredients.
Green smoothie recipes are simple to me: pick any leafy green you want, throw some fruit in (normally not more than two-three like fruits), add some water and ice, and blend. I like to keep my fruits in the same “family”, like mango, pineapple, strawberry, or orange, banana, and kiwi. I think it makes the smoothie taste better. I try not to add too many different fruits because sometimes it is hard to distinguish the flavors of the fruits.
One of my favorite things about making green smoothies is that they save me money and food waste. If I’ve got some bananas that are about to go bad, I toss them in the freezer to save for a smoothie. When I buy the 1 pound spinach from Costco, I wouldn’t be able to use it up if I didn’t make green smoothies. That’s a lot of spinach! You can throw pretty much any fruit or veggie into your green smoothie, which helps reduce any food waste and helps keep your body healthy. I’m also pretty lazy in the morning, so throwing ingredients in the blender and mixing makes me happy. Easy peasy!
-Greens. Any type of greens will do, but my favorites are spinach and Swiss chard. They are very mild, and if you don’t use too much, you can’t taste them in the smoothie.
-Fruit. We buy a large bag of frozen strawberries from Costco just for making smoothies. We also go crazy buying bananas that are almost brown and discounted in the store and freeze them. They taste great! Basically, any fruit will do.
-Ice. If you aren’t using frozen fruit, you’ll want to add in a handful of ice. I don’t like drinking warm green smoothies. 😉
How to make a green smoothie
Blend a handful greens with a cup of water in your blender. Make sure you blend it until it looks like green water. Throw in a banana (or whatever fruit you choose). Blend until smooth. Add in frozen strawberries and pulse. Blend until incorporated.
At first, I would add in very little greens. Then you can gradually work your way up to more greens. Greens are fabulous for your body because they contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, are good sources of calcium, magnesium, and folic acid; and help detoxify your body. Fruit is full of antioxidants and tastes yummy.
Green smoothies are inexpensive, so healthy for you, and a great way to reduce food waste. Give them a try! You’ll be glad you did.
Have you heard of green smoothies? Would you try them?