Green smoothies weren’t really my jam when I got into making smoothies a few years back, which will be one of the reasons why you will have only seen a chocolate one on here, until now.
I actually started to get into green smoothies at the beginning of this year and they seem to have stayed, which can only be a great thing I reckon. They also make me feel good and I know they pack a punch of goodness. I also love how very basic they can be with no fancy powders and seeds, which makes them super accessible for everyone, at any time.
I like to aim for 70-80% vegetables and 30-20% fruit! This makes them less likely to spike your blood sugars and is also a fabulous way to get those extra portions of veg into your diet, especially leafy greens.
Since making green smoothies most days now, here are some handy tips I have learnt along the way…
- If you’d like it a bit sweeter add a few chunks of banana or pineapple.
- If you’re using a personal blender like a Nutribullet, just add half the amount of the recipe below to make one serving, so that you can fit all in your blender cup. I now have a Vitamix to make mine, which is a high-speed blender, so just blend yours for as long as you need to get it nice and smooth.
- You can also add half a cup more water if you would like your smoothie thinner. I sometimes find green smoothies easier to drink with a little more water, so play around with make it suit you.
- I find it easier to drink my green smoothie through a straw so that I can mix the juice and fibre back together when it separates. If you’re drinking it on the go, carry it in a bottle where you can close the lid to shake it.
- It’s ideal not drink your smoothie too quickly as you may experience bloating due to the amount entering your stomach at once 😉 I like to try and replicate the time it takes me to eat a large salad.
- The herbs are optional. You may find it strange adding coriander to your smoothie when it belongs in your curry, but honestly, you get used to it. I now find that coriander gives it a nice taste, not to mention its benefits for helping to detoxify heavy metals out of the body.
- I always try to add lemon in my green smoothie as the vitamin C really helps with the absorption of iron. You can always use other vitamin c alternatives like strawberries, limes and oranges.
Okay, I think that is everything you need to know!
I hope you enjoy.
Much L O V E, Nicky xx