Everyone is singing the praises of green smoothies, but what’s all the hype? Are they really that good for us?
First of all what’s in a green smoothie?
Any combination of ingredients green fruits or veggies, juices, coconut water and added boosters like chia seed, nuts or superfoods can be added for a tasty meal replacement or snack. The inclusion of dark green leaky veggies like kale, silver beet, spinach and lettuce, or green powdered algae’s like spirulina transform your average smoothies into a nutrient-rich power smoothie.
Why all the hype?
Finally we have a way to get more green vegetables into our diets in a more appetising and convenient way.
How to make a green smoothie
- Pick your green veggies (spinach, kale, silverbeet, salad greens) or Spirulina
- Add sweeter ingredients like fruits, pineapple, apples, orange or berries. Note: spinach on its own is not the tastiest thing in a smoothie
- Pick a liquid to help blend it all together – coconut water, apple juice and almond milk are all popular choices
- Not sweet enough? Add a few dates or Manuka honey
- Add a booster if you want – nuts, chia seeds, goji berries, maca powder or protein powder
- Blend in a processor or extractor really well- leafy greens and nuts can take longer to break down than soft fruits so give it an extra blend for a smoother finish and serve.
Get creative with your choices of greens, fruits and blend till you find your favourite.