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17 Green Smoothie Recipes

Posted Aug 15 2012 2:38pm
on by healthymama

17 Green Smoothie Recipes
Guest post by Rebecca Chopin

Get More Greens…with Smoothies

Green vegetables. You know you need them. But how often do they actually make it to your plate?
If you’re like most people, you may be questioning whether the iceberg lettuce on that burger you
grabbed for lunch counts. Sadly, it doesn’t.

Getting the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day is tricky. In fact, a
report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010 said that two-thirds of Americans
fall short when it comes to fruit, while nearly three-quarters don’t meet the quota for veggies.

With their bitter taste and odd textures, green veggies are particularly hard for some to swallow. Plus,
if you were raised on corn and potatoes rather than Swiss chard and kale, you’re much less likely to eat
these foods as an adult, no matter how “good for you” they may be.

Luckily, even the most stubborn vegetable avoiders can easily up their intake of Mother Nature’s most
nutritious green foods without a lot of effort (or groaning). All you need is a blender and a few simple
ingredients to make a delicious, nutrient-packed green smoothie.

What is a green smoothie?
Don’t let the nameor the colorfool you. Green smoothies are just as creamy and tasty as fruit smoothies, only they have a handful of veggies blended in, which makes them, well, turn green.

They can be made with any fresh, raw green vegetable, such as cucumbers, lettuce, celery or broccoli, but most people prefer leafier greens like baby spinach, collards or kale. You can also toss in whatever smoothie additions you enjoyfrom nut butters and honey to chia seeds and protein powderto customize flavor and boost the nutrient content.

Here are a few simple recipes to get started:

Banana-Berry Spinach Smoothie
(Choose crisp, vibrantly green, organic spinach and aim for a ratio of 40% spinach to 60% fruit.)

1 banana
½ cup raspberries
½ cup blueberries
2 cups baby spinach
½ cup purified water

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.

Peachy Orange Kale Smoothie
(Be sure to wash kale thoroughly as dirt often hides in its curly leaves.)

1 medium-sized orange, peeled
2 medium-sized soft peaches, cut into chunks
2 cups kale, chopped
½ to ¾ cup purified water

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.

Tropical Celery Smoothie
(Chop celery into small pieces before adding to your blender.)

1 banana
Half of a pineapple, chopped
2 celery stalks
½ to 1 cup chopped lettuce
1 cup purified water

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.

Coconut-Chia Spinach Smoothie
(For a slightly sweeter taste, add a pinch of powdered stevia.)

1- 1/4 cups coconut milk
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 cup spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth.

Mean Green Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
(Add ½ Tbsp. kelp powder or wheatgrass powder for an added nutrient boost.)

1 cup spinach
1 banana
1-1/2 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. peanut butter
1-1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp. spirulina powder
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend on high until smooth, adjusting liquid for desired consistency.

Click the link for 12  more green smoothie recipes from Healthy Mama .

This article has been provided by the folks at Vitacost.com . Offering more than just vitamins and supplements, Vitacost.com has a wide selection of over 35,000 organic, natural products for your healthy living lifestyle.  Vitacost.com is not affiliated with this blog and isn’t responsible for content outside of this article.

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