For about two years or so I’ve been loving green smoothies. For five years before that I was completely intimidated and thought they would taste terrible. Hindsight is 20/20 but I wish I hadn’t wasted all those years being intimidated by something that is 1) good for my health and 2) so delicious and nourishing for my body.
There are many, many ways to compose a green smoothie but I have found a few tricks to making them taste amazing. First, use greens that you won’t detect AKA they don’t have a super strong flavor. Theoretically any green leafy vegetable can be used in a green smoothie, but bitter greens such as mustard greens or spicy arugula may overpower your other ingredients. I tend to stick with tender and mostly flavorless greens such as baby spinach, kale, and swiss chard. You still get all the healthful benefits and nutrients of the greens but the flavor is less pronounced. Second, proportions are key! For a family batch of smoothie, two larger smoothies and one mini one for my son, I use 2-3 cups of packed greens (I honestly eye ball it and think of a cup as one big handful). The ratio I use is 1 part greens and two to three parts fruit plus liquid. My favorite liquid to use is unsweetened plain almond milk but coconut milk, coconut water, or cow’s milk also work well. Customize your smoothie with what you like!
Blending tools can make or break a smoothie; nothing is appealing about chunky fruit and greens in a smoothie. Initially I purchased a Nutra-ninja and thought it made excellent smoothies; it broke down ingredients like greens and frozen fruit without trouble. For my most recent birthday I received a Vitamix and it was seriously life-changing for my smoothies. Even creamier, plus you can use a high speed blender for other things like soup, making homemade almond milk, and making nut butters. I mostly just make smoothies in mine, but it is nice to know there are other ways I can use it too. The takeaway is do NOT feel like you have to spend hundreds of dollars on a blender; there are many good brands that are also affordable.
Now, onto the recipe for the BEST green smoothie I have ever made!
- 3 c. (or large handfuls) baby spinach
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 c. frozen organic mango chunks
- 2 c. frozen organic strawberries
- 1 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk (use more if needed for blending)
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (I use VitalProteins)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. I typically start with 1 1/2 c. almond milk and add more if needed.
Collagen peptides are optional but they do add additional nutrition and protein to the smoothie. Other great add-ins are chia seeds, flax seeds, probiotic powder, and nut butters.