Green smoothies don't have to be complicated to be exceptionally healthy. And they don't have to be green in color either. All my smoothies are made with few ingredients for pennies, and healthy ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now. Read on for tools on how to build your own including the way to a free smoothie chart download.
Starting a daily smoothie habit is easy with access to simple recipes. If it's easy, you will do it daily. If you do this daily, you'll change your life.
Start Your Smoothie Journey Here
Start here with my Ultimate Guide: How to Make a Smoothie. In this post, I share all the building blocks so you can build the best smoothie for you. And on this page, I provide a free smoothie chart download, a chart that lists ingredients in groups to make your smoothie building project go easy.
Healthy Eating : Transform your Life
Just one smoothie a day! Done right, a smoothie-a-day is an astonishingly healthy habit. The trendy drink can balance your nutrient levels, bring on sparkling beauty, trigger mental clarity and put an energetic spring in your step. Done wrong, they can cause weight gain, spike blood sugar, trigger skin and digestion issues, and exceed your budget. Be creative with my smoothie ingredient charts (free download on this page!) or just follow one of my super simple smoothie recipes here.
Smoothie Color is Not an Issue
Green Smoothies can actually be many colors, it typically depends on the fruit you add. Although some super foods will also influence the shade. Spirulina, for instance, injects a lovely deep teal color. But fruits are the biggest influence on the color -- blueberries and strawberries will turn the drink purple and pink respectively, while leafy greens may turn the drink brown. But no matter the color, the rich wealth of health is the same.
Don't Overdo the Fruit and Sweeteners
Many green smoothie recipes purport to be healthy yet can be high in calories and sugar. Even recipes that depend on only fruit for sweetening can spike blood sugar and pack on the pounds. In my recipes, I typically sweeten with berries, melons or even certain superfoods such as lucuma or baobab or acai. I also use dates for the nutrients and maple syrup at times, but both in very limited quantities, again to help keep sugar down. Visit my Smoothie Recipe Gallery to find your favorite!
Try Frozen Zucchini, Chia and Buckwheat as Smoothie Thickeners
Bananas are great, but if you are among those who aren't keen on the distinctive flavor bananas impart, or are even allergic, there are other options. While I use banana in a few recipes, I also like to get that thickening, sweetening and potassium and fiber boost from other options, such as frozen zucchini, riced cauliflower, pumpkin puree and other ingredients not typically found in a smoothie. Take a look at my Banana-Free Smoothie Collection to choose a banana-free smoothie recipe!