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Green Smoothie Tips – Avoiding Diasters

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After twelve years of making green smoothies I have a few tips to share to help you avoid disgusting tasting smoothies. Hope you enjoy these green smoothie tips and I hope they encourage you to make more delicious and nutritious green smoothies in the near future!

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Green Smoothie Tip#1 Avoid or Minimize Strong Tasting Greens

We’ve all had this experience where we enthusiastically make a green smoothie only to taste it and be let down because of its pungent flavor. Here are some tips on how you can keep your green smoothies tasting divine!

The type of greens you are using can affect the taste of your smoothie. I personally love: parsley, spinach, romaine, lettuce, kale, collards, mache, lamb’s quarters, nettles, miners lettuce, purslane and or chard in my green smoothies.

Cilantro, dandelion greens, mustard greens, arugula, cabbage, and bok choy I only use in small quantities because of their strong flavor. However, sometimes you might need to adjust the fruit to greens ration. Which leads us to tip #2.

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Green Smoothie Tip#2 Find the Right Balance

The recommended ratio of fruits to greens in a green smoothie is about 60% fruit to 40% greens by volume. It usually works out perfectly, but sometimes the greens you are using might be especially strong tasting and you might need to adjust the ratio of fruits to greens.

If your green smoothie tastes too “green” (bitter) simply add a bit more sweet fruit such as a banana, a cup of chopped mango, or a handful of ripe figs.

Or if you don’t want to add more fruit, you can add a bit of white stevia powder which is a non-caloric sweetener made from the stevia herb. One to two pinches should do the trick to make your smoothie palatable again.

If your green smoothie is too sweet, simply add the juice of a lime or lemon. You can even peel the lime or lemon and use the whole fruit. A cup of sour berries such as raspberries might also do the trick.

Green Smoothie Tip#3 Add Some Spice

You can try adding spices or fresh herbs to your smoothies such as basil, mint, lemon balm, lemon verbana, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, carob, and or vanilla to add flavor. You don’t need much spice for a big impact; a little will go along way.

Green Smoothie Tip#4 Boost the Nutrition

Some people enjoy just the simple combination of fruits and greens in a green smoothie, but you might want to boost the calories and nutrition of your smoothie creations. If you are looking to add calories and extra nutrition here are some smoothie boosters you can add to any type of smoothie:

young coconut meat, avocado, coconut milk, coconut kefir or yogurt, flax seeds, spirulina powder, e-3 live blue-green algae, uncooked oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, tahini butter, dried goji berries, cooked quinoa, cooked rice, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts to name a few.

Green Smoothie Tip#5 Use the Right Equipment

If you really want a smooth and creamy green smoothie you really need the right equipment. Although you can still make a smoothie in a regular blender, you won’t get the same velvety consistency from a high-speed blender such as the Vitamix. The Vitamix blender is my absolutely favorite blender to reach green smoothie heaven! For more info on the Vitamix blender you can click here.

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♥,
C

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March 3, 2015   2 Comments

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

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Variety is the spice of life or so they say. Variety can also make a huge difference when you’re attempting to eat healthy. The same green smoothie every morning can get monotonous if you don’t mix it up once in awhile.

Have you tried using figs in your smoothies lately? Figs can add a unique flavor and texture to a variety of foods including a green smoothie. Not only are figs delicious, but they are good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid.

I know what you are thinking, how can you find fresh figs in the middle of winter? Well lucky for me, my local Trader Joe’s grocery store now carries frozen figs in the frozen fruit section.

For those of you that don’t live near a Trader Joe’s you can easily use dried figs. Just remove the stems and put them in a high speed blender such as the Vitamix with your other smoothie ingredients.

If you don’t have a high speed blender you can soak them for at least an hour beforehand to make them soft. You can also use the fig soak water which will be nice and sweet. Just make sure your dried figs are organic with no preservatives!

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Mangos are another fruit I encourage you to eat more of! Mangos, either fresh or frozen are great in green smoothie recipes as they add a creamy consistency when blended much like a banana, and they add a sweet and tangy flavor. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin C.

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For this green smoothie recipe I used frozen mango, figs, and romaine lettuce. Hope you enjoy!

Mango Fig Green Smoothie

5 organic figs (fresh, dried, or frozen)
1 banana
1 cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
1 cup coconut water
2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
pinch white stevia powder or to taste
pinch of cinnamon powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 32 ounces. Serves 1-2.

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C

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January 15, 2015   No Comments

Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe – Our Family’s Favorite

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Hope you enjoy this delicious green smoothie recipe. My husband thinks this green smoothie recipe is the best!

I’ll never forget my first date with my husband. I brought him a mango kombucha and told him not to shake it. He shook it anyways and within the first five minutes of meeting him for the first time he had managed to get exploding mango kombucha all over the front of his pants. True story.

2nd date we went to Whole Foods to buy ingredients for a salad and when we got back to his place I made us a salad with a lot of cilantro. My husband, who didn’t like cilantro at the time, choked down the salad and pretended to like it for my sake.

I am sure that after our first few dates my (meat-and-potatoes-loving-midwestern) husband probably wondered what he had gotten into by dating such a California health nut!

Luckily he didn’t get scared away and to his credit he tries all my healthy creations at least once. And over the years he has actually even grown to love some my recipes. The green smoothie is one of them.

Although I make a different delicious green smoothie for my husband every single morning, this is the recipe he thinks is the best of them all!

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Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

2 bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
4-6 cups baby spinach
1 cup coconut water (or plain water)
2 pinches white stevia powder

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 32 ounces. Enjoy!

If you want to see how I make the green smoothie and learn a cool tip about how I prepare the smoothie the night before, check out this video below:

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♥,
C

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February 26, 2014   2 Comments

Green Smoothie Recipe – with Spinach, Lime, and Avocado

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Green smoothies are an everyday occurrence at my house. They are a quick and easy way to get your daily dose of greens, fruit, and water. Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with new and exciting green smoothie recipes, but I think you will be pleased with this tangy and creamy spinach, lime, and avocado green smoothie recipe below:

Spinach Green Smoothie Recipe

1 and 1/2 cups water or coconut water
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
2 cups baby spinach
3 chopped and pitted mejidool dates (about 1/3 cup chopped dates)
1/4 Hass avocado (peeled and de-seeded)
1 whole lime peeled
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
pinch white stevia powder (or to taste)
3 cups ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. Makes about 30 ounces. Enjoy!

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C

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January 28, 2014   2 Comments

Raw Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

I love celery, apples, and raisins dipped in raw almond butter as a quick snack, so I thought, why not put them all together in a smoothie recipe? The result is a hearty smoothie reminiscent of oatmeal cookies. Use it to fuel your mornings with almond butter goodness.

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Raw Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

2 ripe bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 ribs celery
1 small fuji apple (cored)
¼ cup seedless raisins
1 heaping tablespoon raw almond butter
½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 cup water
pinch white stevia powder (optional)
ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Makes about 3 cups. Serves 1-2. Hope you enjoy this raw almond butter smoothie recipe!

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C

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December 20, 2013   4 Comments