I think green smoothies are one of the easiest drinks you can enjoy to improve your health and increase your energy. If you don’t know how to make a green smoothie the following list of ingredients and easy instructions should help you start creating delicious healing smoothies that will fill your body with life giving nutrients.
Here are the ingredients you can use to create your own tasty green smoothies:
Liquid Base: Filtered or spring water, nut or seed milks, coconut water, fresh vegetable juices, organic milk kefir, raw milk, and coconut kefir are all good options for the liquid. Use a minimum of 2-3 cups of liquid.
Leafy Green Vegetable and Herb Base: Kale, baby lettuces, spinach, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, arugula, red and green leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, beet greens, mache, parsley, cilantro, dill, and watercress are all excellent choices for your leafy greens and herbs. Use a minimum of 2-3 cups of leafy greens and at least 1 ounce of herbs.
Organic Fruit Base: Apples, acai berries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, goji berries, cucumbers, pineapple, mango, papaya, pears, peaches, figs, plums, apricots, dates, grapefruit, nectarines, pomegranate seeds, cranberries, oranges, tangerines, grapes, watermelon, kiwis, cantaloupes, honeydew melon, and guava are all good choices for your fruit. Use a minimum of 2 cups of fruit. Freeze fruit like the berries and bananas if you want to enjoy cold creamy smoothies without adding ice to your drink.
Natural Sweetener: Stevia, coconut (palm sugar), dried fruit, yacon syrup, raw honey, maple syrup, Lakanto, and lucuma are all good choices for healthy sweeteners. Your fruit may have enough sweetness for you so taste your smoothie before adding a natural sweetener. If using a sweetener choose the one that meets your health needs and taste. Each of these sweeteners has a different level of sweetness so sweeten to taste.
Healthy Fats: Avocado, all sprouted or raw nuts and seeds, coconut butter/oil. Use 1 small avocado, 1/4 cup of nuts or seeds, or 1 tablespoon of coconut butter/oil per recipe.
Superfoods: Navitas Naturals, E3 Live, Healthforce Nutritionals, Nutiva, Garden of Life, Vega, Essential Living Foods, Amazing Grass, Vivapura, and VitaForce all have excellent superfood and protein powders that you can use to boost the nutrients in your smoothies.
To create quick and delicious smoothies follow these instructions:
In a high speed blender, add the liquid, leafy greens and or herbs, fruit, natural sweetener, healthy fat, superfoods and 1 cup of ice if using, and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
I will be posting easy recipes for my favorite green smoothies in future posts so check back soon.
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